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Booman is serious.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 07:17:09 AM EST
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No, but he is desperately trying to be - getting inside White House briefings - and trying to coral some of the wild cats of the progressive blogosphere on their behalf. However I think his attitude highlights a real problem with the progressive blogosphere in the USA. Most US liberals and progressives are, more or less, economically illiterate and haven't gotten past Austrian or Chicago school economics 101. They share the same basic assumptions and theoretic constructs of  austerity economics, even if they would like to temper it's extremes by saving as much of the New Deal and Great Society as they can.

However I also think Boo is probably correct in his assessment of how the Trillion $ coin would play in the US. Obama has desperately been trying to play "the adult in the room" and keep Wall Street onside. So far he has the Republican right more or less where he wants them - unhinged from establishment Republicans who voted for the Fiscal Cliff compromise.

Obama risks uniting the Republican and conservadem establishment against him if he goes the coin route.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot dotty communists) on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 07:45:29 AM EST
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<>However I also think Boo is probably correct in his assessment of how the Trillion $ coin would play in the US. Obama has desperately been trying to play "the adult in the room" and keep Wall Street onside.
yeah...
There seem to be two kinds of objections. One is that it would be undignified. Here's how to think about that: we have a situation in which a terrorist may be about to walk into a crowded room and threaten to blow up a bomb he's holding. It turns out, however, that the Secret Service has figured out a way to disarm this maniac -- a way that for some reason will require that the Secretary of the Treasury briefly wear a clown suit. (My fictional plotting skills have let me down, but there has to be some way to work this in). And the response of the nervous Nellies is, "My god, we can't dress the secretary up as a clown!" Even when it will make him a hero who saves the day?
(Krugman)

I suppose for serious people like Booman, a great depression and a government default are better than looking foolish in the eyes of the Boeotians.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 07:57:28 AM EST
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Most US liberals and progressives are, more or less, economically illiterate and haven't gotten past Austrian or Chicago school economics 101. They share the same basic assumptions and theoretic constructs of  austerity economics, even if they would like to temper it's extremes by saving as much of the New Deal and Great Society as they can.
Stephanie Kelton calls them deficit doves, as opposed to deficit hawks. Both believe deficits should be reduced, it's just that the liberal deficit doves are willing to entertain short-term stimulus policies.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 10:24:43 AM EST
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When I met Kelton and Wray at a conference here some time ago, I had no idea how important they, and their ideas were about to become. I even asked her the conventional economic question about "printing money" ultimately leading to inflation and was surprised by the vehemence of her response to the contrary. Part of me wants Obama to mint the coin just to see Republican and Conservadem heads explode. Part of me wants him to face the political fall-out of a (probable) failed impeachment attempt just to overturn the whole conservative economic narrative of the right. After all he did promise to be a transformational President...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot dotty communists) on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 11:49:34 AM EST
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