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Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps? (New York Times/David Brooks Edition

dr2blog does the intellectual garbage pickup:

David Brooks, dishonest or stupid, does it matter?: From today’s NYT editorial column (2010-11-16, no links for liars):

To start with, the economy has not responded as the modelers projected, either in the months after the stimulus was passed or this summer, when it was supposed to be producing hundreds of thousands of jobs.

So. What WERE the modelers saying, as far back as, say, Feburary 27, 2009?

We Are Going to Need a Bigger Stimulus: And he quotes Paul Krugman, who writes columns for the same section of the same paper as David Brooks:

Yikes. And if the data on new unemployment claims are any indication (which they are), the economy is continuing to plunge at least as fast. As Brad DeLong says, I think we’re going to need a bigger stimulus.

And then Brooks writes, “It’s been harder to dismiss morality as a phantom concern, too.”

I dunno. Works ok for him. Telling lies has always been a low act on my moral scale.