Archive for August, 2011

Lessons from the debt ceiling debate: Obama is not Phil Ivey, GOP took a small pot, and other tortured poker metaphors

From my column on TheBlaze.com Last week I began to write a column asking: who is Phil Ivey? It was a 1,500 word, Bill-Simmons-wannabe, tortured and ultimately failed metaphor comparing the debt ceiling debate to a famous hand of Texas Hold ‘Em. In the hand, Phil Ivey (the best poker player in the world) and […]

Debt and Deficit, Politics

Paul Krugman is Right. A Downgrade Doesn’t Matter

From my column on TheBlaze.com Trust me, I understand. This is no way to introduce yourself to The Blaze audience, but … I have to do it…because it’s true. Paul Krugman is right. That is not a sentence I make a habit of repeating. But when Krugman says it doesn’t matter whether the ratings agencies […]

Debt and Deficit, Finance

The Number That is Killing the Economy

From my CNN.com column. I’m posting the entire thing here because the chart was lost in the archiving. New York (CNN) — This is the only number that matters: 350. When you’re talking about the economy, start the conversation and end the conversation with the number 350. That number reflects the total debt Americans and […]

Debt and Deficit, Finance