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
I'm a bit disappointed in your latest column. Fairness
suggests you should have mentioned that O'Neill
refused to join a segregated club and has advocated a
revenue-neutral fossil-fuel tax in the past.

This shows he is a principled, conscientous man and
has intellectual courage, qualities which will likely
be very rare virtues in the coming administration.

I remember seeing Donald Marron on a talk show and
seeing him defend Shrub's Social Security plan with
the most banal, Dick Armey-ish arguments possible. He
seems like a real drip and has not done anything
brilliant at Paine-Webber, as far as I know. Is that
the man you would rather see as Treasury Secretary?

Frankly, I think that events in the past few years
being a nice person counts for more than competence.
If Summers and Fisher had been better people, don't
you think they would have refrained from screwing up