hard heads soft hearts

a scratch pad for half-formed thoughts by a liberal political junkie who's nobody special. ''Hard Heads, Soft Hearts'' is the title of a book by Princeton economist Alan Blinder, and tends to be a favorite motto of neoliberals, especially liberal economists.

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Friday, June 14, 2002
have you read (or read and forgotten) this great
Krugman compare/contrast essay between Edward Wolff's
book "Top-Heavy" and Armey's book "The Freedom


Along with a piece he published in Mother Jones in
1996 on income inequality, its the best thing I've
read on how, well, top-heavy our economy and politics
is becoming. And the intellectual dishonesty of those
who would deny that fact.

Less high-minded, but more fun, is picking apart Dick
Armey's "Charlie" story, in which he fabricated the
tale of a sweet, mildly retarded janitor who was
tragically laid off when some
pinko-commie-egghead-liberals raised the minimum wage.
As James Carville wrote, "if a man would lie about a
retarded janitor, what on earth would he tell the
truth about?"