Blog Profile / Kevin Drum


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Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:6913
Posts / Week:30.3
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

TPP Looks Set to Pass Congress After All

The LA Times reports the latest on the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty: President Obama's fast-track trade bill is poised to clear a procedural hurdle Tuesday in the Senate, all but ensuring it will win final passage this week and be...Show More Summary

Republicans Oppose Evidence-Based Medical Research Because....Obamacare

Over at the Monkey Cage, Eric Patashnik ponders an oddity: Republicans generally support healthcare research funding, but they've turned against the idea of funding evidence-based research. This is despite the fact that Republicans,Show More Summary

Money in Politics Is....Top Concern of Democrats. Republicans Continue Not to Care.

I went out for my morning walk today—two-thirds of a mile, woo hoo!—and needed to take a ten-minute break when I got home. So I'm listening to Andrea Mitchell tell me the stunning news that in the latest NBC/WSJ poll, a full 33% of Americans say that money in politics is their top concern about the upcoming presidential election. Show More Summary

Will Supreme Court Uphold Obamacare Subsidies On Same Grounds It Struck Down Medicaid Expansion?

Back when the Supreme Court ruled on NFIB vs. Sebelius—the original Obamacare case—there were two basic parts to the opinion: The individual mandate was upheld and the Medicaid expansion rules were struck down. Most liberals thought the reasoning behind the Medicaid decision was absurd, but I didn't. Show More Summary

Our Grandchildren Will Never Have Heard of a "Preexisting Condition." Thanks, Obamacare.

One of my Twitter followers pointed out something interesting this morning: interest in preexisting conditions has plummeted on Google. Here's the chart: There are a couple of spikes around 2010, when Obamacare was first passed, but other than that it's been a fairly steady decrease ever since. Show More Summary

The Point of Democracy Is to Keep Powerful Elites From Becoming Complete Jackasses

Daniel Bell has written a new book making the case that "Chinese-style meritocracy is, in important respects, a better system of governance than western liberal democracy." That's possible, I suppose. Tyler Cowen noodles over the arguments and tosses out a few thoughts. Show More Summary

Resentment and Outrage Are All That Matter in Europe Now

Larry Summers thinks it will be a catastrophe if Greece repudiates its debt and "financially separates from Europe." Greece will become a failed state; Europe will face a refugee crisis; and both Europe and the IMF will face huge defaults on their loans. Show More Summary

It's Long Past Time For South Carolina to Stop Flying the Confederate Flag

As I'm sure everyone knows by now, flying the the Confederate battle flag on the grounds of the state house is hardly a longtime South Carolina tradition. In fact, it's only been up since 1961. I was googling around on a different but related subject and happened to come across this account of how it happened. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 19 June 2015

This is our latest horror story. For reasons unknown (and they're always unknown, aren't they?) Hopper has decided that it's great fun to jump up on the second-story bannister and walk around. We can't think of any way to stop her from doing this, but one of these days she's going to set a paw wrong and go flying off the wrong side. Show More Summary

No Matter How You Slice It, Obamacare Reduces the Federal Deficit

We now live in the blessed era of dynamic scoring, something that Republicans have lusted over for decades. When the Congressional Budget Office makes economic projections, it can no longer just look at spending and taxes and subtract one from the other to get deficits. Show More Summary

Cell Phone or Porsche? Cable TV or First Class Travel? Quien Es Mas Macho?

Via Brad DeLong, I see that Matt Bruenig has finally taken on a question that's bugged me for years. The question, in a nutshell, is this: Adjusted for inflation, would you rather live today with an income of $30,000 or back in the 1980s...Show More Summary

Texas Rejected the Confederate Battle Flag On Its License Plates. The First Amendment Will Survive.

Texas offers its driving public a vast array of specialty license plates. Most of them are designs submitted by private organizations, which then go through an approval process by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board. If they...Show More Summary

John Kasich Completely Misunderstands the Teachings of Jesus

Ed Kilgore points me toward a Politico profile of John Kasich that demonstrates pretty vividly why he's not likely to make a dent in the Republican primaries. Here he is at a conference hosted by the Koch brothers last year: At one point,...Show More Summary

Jeb Bush Has Announced the Perfect Republican Economic Plan

Rand Paul says his secret to success is that his tax cut plan will supercharge economic growth. Jeb Bush says his secret to success is that merely by being president he will supercharge economic growth. I guess I have to give this round to Paul. Show More Summary

Fast Track Is Now Back on a Fast Track to the Senate

Well, the House just passed standalone fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty. Now it's on to the Senate, where 14 Democrats voted for it back when it was paired up with TAA, the assistance program for workers who lose their jobs because of the treaty. Show More Summary

I Read Rand Paul's Flat Tax Plan So You Don't Have To

Rand Paul talks taxes in the Wall Street Journal today: My tax plan would blow up the tax code and start over. In consultation with some of the top tax experts in the country, including the Heritage Foundation’s Stephen Moore.... Hmmm. Show More Summary

It Look Like Germany is Ready to Let Greece Collapse

Last ditch talks between Greece and the rest of Europe are scheduled to start today. Nobody is very optimistic: There is little sign that either side is softening its position....In Germany especially, the fear is that providing newShow More Summary

TPP, TPA, and TAA: Explaining the Unexplainable

Even granting that I haven't followed the TPP treaty debate all that closely, the latest maneuvering to get it passed is a little puzzling. As you may recall, the original strategy was to pair up TPA, which most Democrats oppose, with TAA, which most Democrats like, in hopes of attracting enough Democratic votes to pass the whole package. Show More Summary

Benghazi Hearings Now a Trip Down Memory Lane

Jonathan Allen on the Trey Gowdy clown show better known as Benghazi! hearings: Republicans finally stripped away any pretense that they are more interested in the Benghazi attack than in attacking Hillary Clinton. With the nine-hour...Show More Summary

Obamacare for Blue States But Not For Red: Dream or Nightmare?

Speaking of King v. Burwell, here's the thing about it that I've always really wondered about. Suppose the plaintiffs win and Republicans can't agree on a plan to do anything about it. Subsidies get eliminated in 34 states, almost all of them red. Show More Summary

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