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Matt O'Brien
Columnist for the Washington Post. Formerly the Atlantic & TNR.
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Matt O'Brien Apr 17
Clearly, he would respect the Fed's nonpartisan tradition
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Matt O'Brien Apr 17
Political Cartoons from 1982 vs Actual Headlines from 2018
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Matt O'Brien Apr 17
If Republican senators don't think Herman Cain is qualified for the Fed, how could they possibly think Stephen Moore is?
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Matt O'Brien Apr 17
Replying to @ObsoleteDogma
Spain's far-right hasn't made quite the inroads with traditionally left-wing voters that, say, the National Front has in France, but that's what it's trying to do.
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Matt O'Brien Apr 17
Replying to @ObsoleteDogma
What does Spain's far-right Vox party stand for? Stop me if you've heard this one before: expelling illegal immigrants, building a wall, standing up for rural culture, imprisoning one of their political opponents, and ... to "make Spain great again"
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Matt O'Brien Apr 17
For a long time, Spain was thought to be an outlier in Europe in that it didn't have a major right-wing populist party. Was it the memory of Franco? Or the fact that a lot of Spain's immigrants came from similar Latin American cultures? Well, no more.
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Matt O'Brien Apr 17
It might not be long until this Princess Bride joke is mostly dead
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Matt O'Brien Apr 15
Our age of inequality is so extreme that it’s literally impossible to parody
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Sam Bell Apr 15
Replying to @sam_a_bell
This letter of support for Stephen Moore does NOT include John Taylor, Glenn Hubbard, Kevin Warsh, Larry Lindsey, John Cochrane, or many other notable conservative economists. Might be more illuminating in showing who does not support him
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Matt O'Brien Apr 15
"I have a Policy in Canada I’ve been in close correspondence with for many years, which is why you don’t see me talking about other policies more."
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Paul Krugman Apr 13
Replying to @paulkrugman
Meanwhile, Trump's choice for the Federal Reserve says that the income tax is evil and that "Capitalism is a lot more important than democracy" 2/
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Matt O'Brien Apr 12
Replying to @ObsoleteDogma
The best that can be said about the gold standard is that while it might be the worst guide to setting policy, seeing who’s supported it might be best guide to who shouldn’t be making policy.
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Matt O'Brien Apr 12
Replying to @ObsoleteDogma
Do you think we should have to raise interest rates because people in China and India want to buy more gold jewelry? Or because miners in Australia and South Africa haven't been able to find as much of it?
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Matt O'Brien Apr 12
Replying to @menzie_chinn
How bad an idea is the gold standard? Well, estimates that interest rates would have to be around 20% today for us to have kept the price of gold where it was back in January 2000.
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Matt O'Brien Apr 12
Yes, Stephen Moore has supported the gold standard, and yes, it’s one of the worst ideas in the world
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Matt O'Brien Apr 11
Now that Herman Cain is withdrawing from consideration Trump's next pick for the Fed will be:
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Matt O'Brien Apr 11
Replying to @ObsoleteDogma
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Matt O'Brien Apr 11
Life can be a challenge. Life can seem impossible. It’s never easy when there’s so much on the line. But you and I can make a difference. There’s a mission just for you and me — to stop total hacks from being appointed to the Fed.
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Matt O'Brien Apr 11
One way I can tell I’m getting old is that bad ideas I rebutted a long time ago are making their second go-through now. I can’t imagine what this is going to be like 30 years from now...
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Matt O'Brien Apr 11
In Stephen Moore’s defense, he didn’t realize those cameras were recording him before
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