Lies, Damned Lies, and Steve Rattner’s Statistics

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If liberal economists could win the economic debate with honest arguments, they would make them.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s President Reagan once joked, “Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” In his New York Times op-ed, Steve Rattner adds his name to the list of people willing to compromise their reputation to mislead the American people.

No serious economist would measure a president’s performance blindly from the day they stepped into office until the day they left. The Trump administration should be evaluated for its response to the pandemic, but not for the pandemic itself. With eight years to shepherd the economy, President Obama

Ed Conard is an American Enterprise Institute adjunct fellow, a former Bain Capital partner, the author of The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class and a contributor to Oxford University Press’ United States Income, Wealth, Consumption, and Inequality.


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