Clintonism, Monicagate and the budget

Max Sawicky sawicky at
Tue Feb 9 09:19:36 PST 1999

> . . .
> Most of the institutions that would be behind such a thing - unions,
> liberal think tanks, advocacy groups - are in Clinton's pocket. Some
> liberal economists, like Alicia Munnell, Brad de Long and James Tobin -
> actually signed a petition endorsing Clinton's debt paydown. Perhaps Brad
> can tell us why.

Actually the usual gang of suspects in this context -- advocacy groups -- are circulating a statement and lobbying in favor of greater public investment (really a synonym for more domestic spending), and against tax cuts.

Their problem is being discombobulated by the Social Security "rescue" and disunited on what to say about it.

The more accomplished among the advocates often graduate to jobs as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Ignoring Public Housing and similar sinecures. That has something to do with it as well.


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