Tag Archives: Financial regulation


Grow Up With the Country: the Value of Government Work in a Recession

I’ve been taking some time off — maybe you’ve noticed? — to acclimatize to a new life and a new job. The job, I think I’ve said, is as an appellate prosecutor for a New York metropolitan jurisdiction. It’s a great choice, for all parties involved: I get a chance to do what I really […]


Creative Destruction: the Bain Argument

For a first post back, I’d like to revisit a subject that I missed during my self-imposed exile: Newt Gingrich’s decision to try to flank Mitt Romney from the left as well as the right, but taking a few compelling shots at the latter’s business record. If this is something from which we’ve all moved […]


A New Birth of Freedom

I’ve been thinking about this subject for a while (especially while taking a break from writing over the last few weeks), and as an important one, it seems an altogether fitting topic with which to close 2011. In brief, it’s time for us to reclaim one of the most important words in our political vocabulary. […]

Chris Christie Tries to Make My Point: More on Building Common Ground between OWS and the Tea Parties

My thanks, to the non-candidate: I think if you look at the Occupy Wall Street folks and the Tea Party folks, that they come from the same perspective, they just have different solutions. Especially because for this attempt to build some common ground, the Governor caught no small amount of flak. Per Beltway Confidential: But […]

Common Ground

Our two packs of extremists — the tea party, and Occupy Wall Street — might have more in common than they let on. Here, an attempted synthesis. If OWS stands for something (which remains debatable), they stand for the proposition that corporations exercise too much control over the American people and their government. And if […]

How Broad a Brush in Republican “Repeal” Theory?

If you, like me, had the misfortune to watch last night’s Republican debate, one thing you should come away wondering is whether Republicans have any plan to shore up the financial markets other than simply repealing everything in sight. I think we can grant that even sophisticated players expect Dodd-Frank to have some impact on […]


Saddled with an opposition that relentlessly avoids the appearance or actuality of substance, and which tries at every turn to push the country farther right than their thin mandate should support, even at the expense of the country’s fiscal integrity, this President has somehow continued to speak in substantive, positive, centrist terms. After the hard-right […]

Is There a “Free Market Solution” to Securities Fraud?

Like the healthcare bill before it, regardless of its dilution to earn Republican votes, the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill is a BFD. It’s also one that’s continued the trend towards shunting enforcement of the Securities and Exchange Acts away from private litigators, and to the SEC. The bill preserves the rule that private citizens can’t […]

Thomas Jefferson on Financial Regulation

From his correspondence: Your idea of the moral obligations of governments are perfectly correct. The man who is dishonest as a statesman would be a dishonest man in any station. It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings collected together are not under the same moral laws which bind each of […]


Is there any other explanation for a party, in the minority, unwilling to even debate matters of substance?


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