Conservatives and Cost-Benefit Analysis

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

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.