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
the seminal "Charlie" source is apparently an article
by David Maraniss, Washington Post, Feb 21, 1995, not
available for free.

James Carville and Al Franken both mentioned it in
their books "We're right, they're wrong" and "Rush
Limbaugh Is a big fat idiot", neither of which I have
on hand at the moment. Franken had other made-up
stories by Pubs too.

here is the mother jones article on income inequality.
It provoked a response from Jude Wanninski, and a
counter-response from Krugman. Wanninski is not a
serious opponent, but it is nevertheless wicked fun to
see Krugman, "squash Wanninski like a bloated bug".


and here (ahem) is another Krugman income inequality
article in some other left-leaning magazine


What's the deal between Krugman and Bob Kuttner,
anyway? Have they kissed and made up?