Me, the People: Clive Crook, Here We Go Again Edition

by Henry Farrell on August 11, 2011 · 2 comments

in Me The People

Live in The Atlantic, with a few minor amendments.

Democrats don’t want to hear this, but I am doubtful about further stimulus spending and rightly demanding answers on the long-term fiscal problem. I don’t believe that higher taxes on “millionaires and billionaires” are enough to solve that problem. True, this is no longer Obama’s position—but I saw how he had to be forced off it. I give the GOP some credit for that.

For context, see here. In fairness to Crook though, the “Me, the People” stupid pundit trick is considerably less annoying than the Me, the American Political System one.

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Solomon Kleinsmith August 11, 2011 at 7:08 pm

If by not enough, he means it’s only a third to half of the equation, then he’s absolutely right. As Obama himself said near the end of the debt ceiling debates, mirroring the fiscal commission, gang of six and S&P’s future explanation for it’s downgrade, we need a mix of cuts to the entitlement programs that form the vast majority of the long term deficit problem, cuts to military spending AND more revenue to get on that glide path back down towards a balanced budget.

Andrew Gelman August 12, 2011 at 1:12 am

I clicked on the link. For a guy who’s almost 60, Clive Crook looks pretty good in his author photo. On the other hand, he seems pretty ignorant of history, considering he’s almost 60. Maybe the Atlantic should consider hiring someone older and wiser who actually remembers something about the past 60 years.

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