TPP and Mankiw

Having (perhaps) whetted folks’ appetites with my quick reading of Harvard Econ professor Greg Mankiw’s “The Economy is Rigged, and Other Presidential Campaign  Myths,” we’ll turn to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (Good or Bad for the U.S.) next week.

You’re obviously free to do your own research. But here’s another piece by Mankiw on the subject:

Economists Actually Agree on This: The Wisdom of Free Trade

Think I’m only selecting one side? Here’s a bit of a rebuttal, courtesy of Google:

Greg Mankiw is Everything That’s Wrong with Economists

Who is this Greg Mankiw?

As you know, I always like to do a bit of research on my sources, and Wikipedia is a good start. As I mentioned on Monday, he’s well known for his activity on the Bush Council of Economic Advisors and his authorship of an introductory Economics textbook that is in very wide use today—so his is a very familiar name to recent college grads who’ve taken Econ.

I like to follow him mostly because he’s articulate, funny, thoughtful and accomplished. But I also admit that I tend to agree with him a lot (whether that’s because he’s convincing or because we just see the world in similar ways is a subject for future debate).

Notes 29 July 2016

Bogus Journal accepts anti-spam paper. The article is here.


The International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology has accepted for publication a manuscript that was first written in 2005 to protest spam conference invitations. The paper contains the F-word throughout the manuscript.

International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology

This is the paper that was sent to the journal in response to its spam.

The original paper (selection above) was written by David Mazières and Eddie Kohler and is entitled “Get me off your f—–g mailing list.”

The entire paper is available here. I’m especially fond of this section:


Get me off your fucking mailing list. Get me off your fucking mailing list. Get me off your fucking mailing list. Get me off your fucking mailing list. Get me off your fucking mailing list. Get me off your fucking mailing list. Get me off your fucking mailing list.

Says is all!

Open Letter to Baghdadi, here. Click on “Read the Letter.” The table of contents is revealed by clicking a round button in the upper left hand corner.


Tuition assistance at Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, here. Students whose families have less than $60,000 in income pay nothing for room, board, or tuition. Free tuition for less than $125,000.
At Penn the threshold is $40,000.
It’s 103 questions that could make all the difference in how you pay for college. Yet every year families shy away from filling out the form known as the FAFSA, which the government and colleges use to determine need- and some merit-based financial aid.
Open letter to Dr. Ibrahim Awwad Al-Badri, alias ‘Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’, the leader of ISIS, signed by a number of Islamic scholars.
Predictit odds for Hillary have not changed that much.
Fivethirtyeight “Now cast” “If the election were held today.”
You can see the Trump RNC bump and the Clinton counter-bump.
Polls plus. This is Fivethirtyeight’s most comprehensive forecast. It’s much less sensitive to day-to-day changes in polling.

I am both a values-driven and a tribal Democrat and an unremitting (attempted) rationalist. The values driven part — plus education — has turned me into a (qualified) admirer of Nixon and Reagan, and has lowered my opinion of, for example, Bill Clinton. The values-driven part makes me consider the over-all set of positions, in historical context.

The rationalist part makes me react viscerally, and with hostility toward misrepresentation of facts. So I don’t like it when people

The tribal part makes me viscerally opposed to

Notes: 8 August 2016

A unique solution to this year’s electoral problems: “Elect Trump, then impeach him.”

Evan McMullin announces:

McMullin, who resigned this morning as chief policy director of the House Republican Conference, will file today and in a statement told ABC News exclusively:

“In a year where Americans have lost faith in the candidates of both major parties, it’s time for a generation of new leadership to step up. It’s never too late to do the right thing, and America deserves much better than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton can offer us. I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a conservative choice for President.”

Dates for appearing on the presidential ballot:

Transportation costs make it impractical to ship trash far away.

Limited Liability Company (LLC) Wikipedia.

A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a hybrid business entity having certain characteristics of both a corporation and a partnership or sole proprietorship (depending on how many owners there are). An LLC, although a business entity, is a type of unincorporated association and is not a corporation. The primary characteristic an LLC shares with a corporation is limited liability, and the primary characteristic it shares with a partnership is the availability of pass-throughincome taxation. It is often more flexible than a corporation, and it is well-suited for companies with a single owner


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