The Science of Journalism
If I Had My Way
To: Jared Bernstein - email@example.com
Cc: Paul Krugman - firstname.lastname@example.org
From: Doug Skoglund - email@example.com
Date: 26 Jun 2014 06:00 am CDT
Subject: 2014018 - It's All About Egos - III
Regarding your post, "The Risk of Insular Wonkiness" -- I quote:
Still, I'm not at all comfortable with the idea that those of us working on progressive policy can blithely ignore the politics, assuming someone else will fix that, while in the meantime, we can just run another specification of the model!
Obviously, you understand the problem -- and you seem to understand your responsibility as a citizen (I assume) of this country. We are all responsible for the ultimate result. If we are unhappy with the present results, we must do whatever we can to elect people that will do a better job.
"Shining a bright light" is helpful -- but, it is obviously not ernough.
Paul Krugman responded to your post with the following:
The best answer I can come up with is to work on two tracks -- to talk about first-best policies but also be prepared to support second-best policies if that's what is on offer. Obamacare is a Rube Goldberg device that is nonetheless much better than nothing -- and it's working. Carbon taxes would be the way to go in a better world, but in this one various administrative actions may be the best you can do.
And, I disagree -- Paul's second track is a cop-out. Paul is an Economist, he has every right to have an opinion on Health Care; however, his expertise is going to waste without a full scale voter education program -- you have to put pressure on that portion of the system that you understand the best. You must become a teacher -- the voter must gain some understanding of your policy recommendations -- and more importantly, the voter must learn how to evaluate candidates.
And the ultimate measure of your individual contribution will depend upon the ultimate results. You have the power to change the future -- use it!!!
To be continued (I hope)
Doug Skoglund firstname.lastname@example.org
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