Tag: 2020

Here Are the Ideas Democrats Will Fight About in 2020

 

Vox ran a longish interview with Paul Krugman, who has some interesting insights on a number of issues that are regularly featured on AEIdeas. The Q&A between Krugman and journalist Ezra Klein is worth reading just for the back-and-forth about what the economist and New York Times columnist thinks is really happening with automation, innovation, and US productivity growth.

Krugman sides with techno-pessimist Robert Gordon when it comes to dismissing claims that old-fashioned productivity stats are missing more growth than they used to. For instance, kitchens — a place where we spend a lot of time and do a lot of work — were a lot different in the 1950s than they were around the turn of the century. But someone today would manage just fine in the Cleaver family kitchen of the 1957 sitcom “Leave It to Beaver,” even they if griped about the lack of a dishwasher or microwave. “But if someone from 1957 walked into a kitchen from 1897, they’d be horrified,” Krugman says.

But Krugman is less confident than Gordon about whether information technology, particularly AI, will radically change how we live and work. Krugman:

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America show optimism that new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will bring stability and focus to the Trump administration. They also criticize Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski for her refusal to answer a question about why she did not vote for the repeal of Obamacare even though she voted in favor of repeal in 2015. And they react to Maryland Rep. John Delaney announcing his candidacy for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 2020, right after they figure out who he is.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America lay out the extent of the devastation in Southeast Texas but also salute the first responders and big-hearted citizens who are rescuing their neighbors.  They also unload on Antifa, as the leftist mob attacks people in Berkeley and chants, “No Trump. No Wall. No USA at All.”  And they discuss the likely circus car of endless 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls that will make the 17 GOP candidates in 2016 seems like a reasonable number.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America consider whether an independent ticket of Republican John Kasich and Democrat John Hickenlooper in 2020 would damage President Trump or simply dilute the anti-Trump vote.  They also demand a firm response from the Trump administration as the evidence of hostile Cuban acts against our diplomats in Havana piles up.  And they unload on House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for trying to deny a permit for a “Patriot Prayer” event in San Francisco because such a gathering is akin to “shouting wolf in a crowded theater.”

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America show optimism that new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will bring stability and focus to the Trump administration. They also criticize Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski for her refusal to answer a question about why she did not vote for the repeal of Obamacare even though she voted in favor of repeal in 2015. And they react to Maryland Rep. John Delaney announcing his candidacy for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 2020, right after they figure out who he is.

Is Andrew Cuomo’s Ethnicity a Problem for You?

 

I was at a family gathering yesterday and spent some time talking with a family member. The subject turned to politics, specifically New York State politics, and I’m always eager to hear what this particular family member has to say because it’s a subject I know very little about. This individual is wired-in and knows people and details and specifics. (Mercifully we were able to avoid the OMG-did-you-hear-about-X-OMG-Donald-Trump-is-so-terrible-OMG-we’re-all-screwed discussions that I am unable to avoid in daily life.)

When the subject turned to the 2020 election, I mentioned Andrew Cuomo as a possible candidate. And this family member posited a barrier that I hadn’t thought of: his ethnicity. The notion was that, while it isn’t a problem in the Northeast, Chicago, or out in California, in other parts of the country, the assumption would be that since Cuomo is Italian-American, people would assume he’s connected in some way to the Mafia. An assumption of connection based entirely on his ethnicity.

Now, I have to admit, this never occurred to me. It’s worth noting that this family member is himself Italian-American, and was born in the 1950s and saw some discrimination based on his ethnicity. This is not inconceivable. It was a mere 41 years ago that Jimmy Carter, speaking at the 1976 Democratic National Convention, referred to “Eye-talians,” which, if you don’t know, that pronunciation is considered derogatory. It was offensive enough that the Republicans trotted out Buddy Cianci at their convention to complain about it. (Which, I realize, when you’re talking about stereotypes of organized crime connections, is a bad example.) I, myself, once heard someone in western Pennsylvania complain about the “dark-skinned Italians” who had moved to town.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America celebrate Republican Karen Handel’s win over Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s special congressional election. They also enjoy watching Democrats fight publicly over what went wrong in a race that was supposedly a referendum on President Trump and a model for winning back the House in 2018. And they react to the news that former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder plans to be much more visible in his “resistance” to President Trump and might run for president in 2020.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are once again relieved that Hillary Clinton is not president after she once again blames everyone and everything but herself for losing to Donald Trump. They are also puzzled as a flurry of lobbying in favor of the climate deal takes place after Trump supposedly decided to withdraw from it. And they react to former Vice President Joe Biden starting a new Super PAC and fueling speculation that he may run for president in 2020 in a primary that could feature many elderly Democrats.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America point out the Senate hearings on Michael Flynn produced nothing that wasn’t already known but agree it’s a good thing President Trump removed Flynn after just a few weeks on the job.  They also sigh as John Kasich offers a long-winded explanation about why he can’t speculate about running against Trump in 2020.  And they discuss the rise of politically-driven divorces, primarily by couples bitterly divided over Trump.

Jim Geraghty of Radio America and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow turning a supposedly big scoop on Pres. Trump’s tax history into a dud of a story.  They also discuss why some in the media are determined to make Chelsea Clinton into some sort of political power player.  And they shake their heads as former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley starts testing the waters for a presidential run in 2020.