Matt O'Brien

Matt O'Brien


I write about economics for Wonkblog. Formerly the Atlantic & TNR.

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America needs to get the pandemic under control first, you ghoul

Republicans, as @paulkrugman  has said, have failed the marshmallow test over & over & over again. They couldn't be bothered to wait until it was safe to open bars or restaurants or other businesses, and so now they've all had to close again. It's the same with college football.

The problem is Republicans keep telling themselves that stupid short-termism is actually the hard-headed wisdom of people who are willing to discuss tough trade-offs. Incompetence gets rebranded grit... ... Until, that is, the virus forces even them to acknowledge reality.

Forget just canceling college football. We should be canceling college, period. Bringing undergrads back to campus would be unimaginably irresponsible.

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Republicans being more concerned about college football being canceled due to the pandemic than figuring out a way to get the pandemic under control really tells you everything you need to know about how we got here.

“The good news is that, because the government won’t be helping you pay your rent anymore after our incompetence cost you your job, the deficit won’t be going up as much!"

One thing Republicans still don’t understand is that doing austerity in the middle of a recession doesn’t actually save that much money. Austerity increases unemployment, which makes tax revenues go down & safety net spending go up.

The only thing worse than tyranny of the majority is tyranny of the minority, which we’re far too close to having. This is actually the Republicans’ *plan*. It’s why they’re so focused on appointing as many judges as possible, it’s about having an anti-democratic check on power.

“Biden makes safe, obvious choice” is the kind of headline the country could get used to.

Never would have guessed that the guy who started his career at Breitbart, got fired from Buzzfeed for plagiarizing *Yahoo Answers*, and then subsequently got hired by both National Review and the Daily Caller would turn out to be an anti-Semite.

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The Russians can't hack our secrets if we just tell them our secrets

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With a population of 21 million, Florida announced 10,109 new covid cases today. With a combined population of 2.6 billion, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, and the European Union are averaging 6,760 new cases.

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This is literally how the Nazis defined who was and was not a Jew

Two Jared Kushner quotes that should make you fear for your life: “I know how to make this government run now” and “I’ve gotten a lot smarter about this. New York doesn’t need all the ventilators.”

Day 2 of my wife feeling sick: low-grade fever, cough, chills. She has a co-worker, who she sometimes worked on the same floor with, who already tested positive for COVID-19. You'd think this would make her a good candidate to get tested, but no. Still almost no testing in NY.

My wife and I have COVID-19, and it’s insane to me that people are seriously considering just letting this thing spread. Absolutely insane. The truth is the economy isn’t going back to normal until we beat this thing.

Think about how much the Republican Party’s complete & utter corruption is taken for granted: We’re not hoping that evidence of Trump’s obvious guilt will get 20 of them to remove him. We’re hoping that 4 of them will even allow that evidence *to be heard*.

So the police have: 1) Killed an unarmed teen 2) Fired tear gas & rubber bullets at mostly peaceful protesters 3) Arrested & blocked media

This is one of the most terrifying paragraph I’ve ever read

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