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APIA - Paul Krugman attacks APIA senior economics advisor in NY Times Blog 

Dear Monetary Policy Observer,

Nobel Economics laureate Paul Krugman responded, perhaps shrilly, to APIA senior economics advisor Ralph Benko's last week's column in his NY Times Blog, entitled Fantasies of Personal Destruction:


A correspondent directs me to a piece in Forbes about yours truly that is both funny and scary.


Yep, scurrying away with my tail between my legs, I am, disgraced for policy views shared only by crazy people like the IMF’s chief economist (pdf).


One thing I’ve noticed, though, is how many people on the right are drawn to power fantasies in which liberals aren’t just proved wrong and driven from office, but personally destroyed.

To which Benko responded, yesterday, in part:

Put aside the demonstrable fact of Prof. Krugman’s consistently sloppy conflation of gold investors and gold standard proponents.  Put aside his failure to engage with the arguments of the many gold standard proponents not predicting imminent virulent inflation.  (Such as this writer)


Eruditely ridiculing gold proponents as, well, full of s*** is clever. It likely will tickle those readers who find monkeys flinging poo at each other hilarious.  Ridicule is much easier, and cheaper, than grappling with scholarly analyses such as that from the Bank of England which provided, in 2011, Financial Stability Paper No. 13, a genuinely interesting critique of the real world performance of fiduciary currency.


We hope you find this exchange of interest.


Innis For Congress - Innis Campaign Commercial Profiled In NYT 

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October 2013 campaign announcement video a "first for a gay congressional candidate from either major political party"


Dan's October 2013 campaign announcement video may be found here:

The June 19th New York Times article by Ashley Parker may be found here:



CEI Today: Controversial NLRB appointee, elitist NYT attack on cars/suburbia, and global warming before the Supreme Court 

Thursday, October 31, 2013
In the News Today

NLRB GENERAL COUNSEL IMPLICATED IN EMBEZZLEMENT COVER-UP Congressional Scorecard Update–Richard Griffin Confirmation

Tuesday, the Senate voted 55-44 to confirm Richard Griffin as the National Labor Relations Board general counsel, with Senator Lisa Murkowski as the sole Republican to vote to confirm Richard Griffin. The near party-line vote on Richard Griffin’s confirmation is representative of the political divide in Congress today.

Now Griffin has been confirmed as the NLRB’s general counsel, and again circumvented Senate inquiries. Griffin was able to avoid debate over his confirmation because Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has moved for a cloture vote.

And there is good reason why Reid and the Obama administration has done this. Mr. Griffin has never had to publicly comment on being named in a federal complaint filed last October by 10 members of IUOE Local 501, which alleges Griffin was complicit in a cover-up of a scheme to embezzle funds from the local union.
> Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs


NYT Jane Brody’s Uninformed Attack on Cars and Suburbia

While at a conference where participants discussed the wannabe social engineers cum urbanists’ war on automobility and housing affordability, Jane Brody’s broadside against Americans’ “dependence on automobiles” and suburban living was published by the New York Times.  Unfortunately, Brody has fallen for one of the popular but incorrect urban elitist tropes about cars and the suburbs:

Long commutes are killing us! Urban cores are healthier than the suburbs! Low-density living is just fattening us up for self-slaughter!
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> Interview Marc Scribner


Forbes: Will Supreme Court Review Of Greenhouse Rule Take Air Out Of EPA Regulatory Overreach?


In a Supreme Court case on the EPA's greenhouse gas rule, the court could make EPA mothball its big plans to impose greenhouse permitting requirements on new and modified power plants, steel mills, cement production facilities, paper and pulp factories and other large industrial installations. That would validate criticism that the agency is bent on expanding its power regardless of the law. > Read more


> Interview Marlo Lewis




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CEI President Lawson Bader

Alarmism is dangerous


CEI Podcast for Oct. 30, 2013: Bringing Transparency to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

George Mason University law professor and Mercatus Center senior scholar Todd Zywicki discusses his paper, “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Savior or Menace?”



ALG's Daily Grind - Cyprus lawmakers finally agree to steal $17.1 billion of savings deposits

May 1, 2013


Cyprus lawmakers finally agree to steal $17.1 billion of savings deposits

Lawmakers approved the measure despite the fact that the size of the savings tax has ballooned by €7.2 billion ($9.5 billion) since March. A previous €5.8 billion ($7.6 billion) savings tax had been rejected by the Cypriot parliament nearly unanimously last month.

Washington's Weird World

Terrorists on the welfare rolls, sequestration payments prioritization, debt ceiling payments prioritization, and yet more stimulus!

The Decline of Virtue

Our republic has devolved into a cynical, numbers-based, group-focused political calculation.  Both parties are hedging their bets on winning the votes of large groups, not principled individuals.

New York Times: U.S. Opens Spigot After Farmers Claim Discrimination

As Andrew Breitbart had warned 3 years ago, and now the New York Times has finally gotten around to noting, the government is settling with $1.3 billion claims of loan discrimination against minority farmers, despite the fact the claims were never proven.


ALG's Daily Grind - John Boehner's Box

Dec. 21, 2012

John Boehner's Box

Speaker Boehner could tell Obama and Reid that the debt limit will not be raised in February. He has that power, but since he has proven time and again that he is unwilling to use it, he is trapped in a box.

Cartoon: Exploiter-in-Chief

The hurricane and school massacre justify. tax hikes?!

Video: The G.O.P.'s 'Plan B' Sounds Like A White Flag To Us!

What happened to the days when the Republicans fought hard? Are they just giving up and letting the Dems do what they want?

Villain of the Week

Before the election, "Papa" John Schnatter told a business class at a Florida college that compliance with the new law might force a cut in hours, shifting some employees from full to part-time status to avoid raising pizza prices by about 14 cents each.

Gordon: Racism at the Times

"Professor Adolph Reed writes in the Times about the appointment of Rep. Tim Scott to replace the retiring Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. Scott, in Reed's view, is essentially an Uncle Tom because he does not agree with the politics of most black Americans."