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    Filed at 5:16 am under by dcobranchi

    I mean “psychic.”

    Me, yesterday:

    Making permanent the already implemented tax cuts would do absolutely nothing to stimulate the economy.

    NYT, today:

    Unfortunately, there is no sign that President Bush — for whom tax cuts are always the answer no matter the question — realizes what is needed. After meeting with his economic advisers on Friday, just hours after the release of the jobs report, he insisted that the best economic move now is for Congress to work with him to “make sure taxes remain low.” A day earlier, one of his aides told reporters that among the president’s economic priorities this year would be a push to make his signature tax cuts, which are scheduled to expire at the end of 2010, a permanent part of the tax code.

    That is not new, and it is wrongheaded. The promise of tax relief in 2011 would not increase spending in 2008.

    Me, Thursday (in my role as goad to the editor of the Fayetteville Observer):

    I think today’s lead editorial was unnecessary hindsight. NC will never have the option of moving its primary to Feb. By 2012 the parties will have addressed (and rationalized) the nominating process. They’ll HAVE to. This year’s leapfrogging and front end loading would only get worse in the next cycle.

    My prediction is that Iowa and NH lose their special status and that we see a series of regional primaries spaced perhaps a month apart. Ideally, the region to go first would rotate each cycle.

    NYT, Friday:

    We believe the time has long passed for both parties to not only break the Iowa-New Hampshire habit but also end the damaging race to be third, with states pushing their primaries closer and closer to New Year’s Day.

    Instead, the country should adopt a more sensible and more representative system of regional primaries, in which states are divided into regional groups that vote on a designated day. The honor of going first would rotate year to year among the regions. That would give a far broader range of American voters a say in this vitally important choice.

    Check back here later today to learn what the NYT will opine on tomorrow. 🙂

    3 Responses to “YES, I’M PSYCHOTIC”

    Comment by
    January 7th, 2008
    at 7:47 pm

    Dang, Daryl, why haven’t you been snapped up by some highfalutin’ think tank already?

    (Did you happen to see The Simpsons last night? Did you catch the extraordinarily funny think tank reference?)

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    January 7th, 2008
    at 8:36 pm

    I saw only about 2 minutes of the show– the town hall mtg where they decided to move up their primary before NH. What was the think tank bit?

    Comment by
    January 8th, 2008
    at 4:09 pm

    Lisa: [something about a think tank]

    Homer has one of his typical thought bubbles. Several serious-looking besuited people are sitting around a conference table. One says “The next item on our agenda will be the impact of microcredit banking in Indonesia.” The others nod and consult their papers.

    Bubble pops… back to Homer in the living room. His family is looking at him, aghast.

    Homer: “What? Can’t I get something right once in a while?”