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March 08, 2013 9:58 AM Conservatives and Cost-Benefit Analysis

By Ed Kilgore

The March-April issue of the Washington Monthly, in case you’ve missed our earlier posts on the subject, focuses on a little-discussed but central chimera of contemporary politics: conservatives are using “cost-benefit analysis” in an effort to disable some accomplishments of the Obama administration (e.g., Dodd-Frank), and rejecting it in order to disable others (e.g., Obamacare).

Here’s Paul Glastris explaining the issue and its significance.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • c u n d gulag on March 08, 2013 10:45 AM:

    And so, "The Great Unraveling" goes on.

    Conservatives also LOOOOVED them some CBO reports!!!

    Until they didn't.

    As long as only THEIR "Rovian Math" is used, they're fine with numbers.

    But, let something run contrary to their faith-based math, or can prove that the consequences of their faith-based math in something doesn't add up, then that proof becomes "Liberal Math," and can no longer be trusted.

    And, then, Heaven forfend, don't let that be told to the public, or used to improve policies and laws!!!

    Right now, in this countries "Great Unraveling," the stiches are coming apart, and the button are about to shoot-off like they're howitzer shells.

  • Anonymous on March 08, 2013 12:36 PM:

    Bravo. Like the new sound clip.