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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Saturday, September 18, 2010
Deep Thought: no jobs, no adoring mobs.

The need of the day is creating more jobs. How to do that, I don't know, thought one person I'd listen to is Dean Baker. Re: Obama, I believe he's trying to create jobs, perhaps doing everything in his power to create jobs. Nevertheless, one thing I don't think I've ever seen from Obama, nor from his economic team, is a reasonably detailed, candid explanation of how his policies and proposed policies are appropriately sized to the scale of the problem, i.e. neither too big, nor too small. Obama can't be just any garden variety civic leader, talking in a generic way about a creating some jobs here and there. He has to be a POTUS, taking responsibility not just to address the issue of jobs, but to address the issue at the appropriate scale.

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