Political Animal


AND NOW, BACK TO OUR USUAL ACERBIC SELVES….Uber-commenter Mac Diva has read my plea for more humanity in the blogosphere and begs to disagree:

Placing a premium on niceness is unfair to acerbic bloggers.

Just goes to show that almost anything can be controversial these days!

POSTSCRIPT: Does this mean no more cat pictures? Ha! I might even have to get a dog now just to give me more photographic opportunities….


DEBT FREE AT LAST?….For all the folks coming over from Dan Drezner’s site wondering what he was talking about, the subject at hand is Paul Krugman. In his column on Tuesday he wrote:

With war looming, it’s time to be prepared. So last week I switched to a fixed-rate mortgage. It means higher monthly payments, but I’m terrified about what will happen to interest rates once financial markets wake up to the implications of skyrocketing budget deficits.

Krugman’s column prompted a longish exhange between Mickey Kaus and Brad DeLong about whether we should be worried about inflation or deflation (answer: both), but I thought there was a far more important question at stake here.

This essay on Krugman’s personal website indicates that he lives in a nice house, “though it’s not a mansion,” and that between his salary, his wife’s salary, his book royalties, his speaking fees, and his income from the New York Times, he makes a lot of money. And before he started his Times column he made even more, likely in the close range of $1 million a year or so.

So my question is: why the hell does Paul Krugman have a mortgage? Why doesn’t he just pay the damn thing off?

UPDATE: Krugman also says he has two cats. We want pictures!

A PLEA FOR HELP….Sean-Paul Kelley

A PLEA FOR HELP….Sean-Paul Kelley of The Agonist has been planning to take a trip this summer along the old Silk Road, but federal and state spending cuts have eliminated the grant he was counting on to help pay for the trip. Tickets have already been purchased and visas obtained, but now he needs some donations to help replace the funding he lost.

If you contribute to the cause Sean-Paul promises to send you an autographed copy of the book he’s planning to write. Plus he’ll be blogging the entire way. So head over to The Agonist and hit the PayPal button. He’s over halfway to his goal, so a little bit more should put him over the top.