The Bigger Picture, XXI: Entitlements, Deficits, & the New Southern Strategy

Here are a few good articles on politics this week that are not about voting rights or the sequestration.

  • The Southern Economic Strategy:  Remember my explanation of the low-wage, low-service, race-to-the-bottom “Southern economic model?”  Well, read these two articles:  (1) A stinging critique of the model, and (2) a partial defense of it by a thoughtful conservative magazine.  Seriously, don’t read one without the other.
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  • Entitlement Cutting:  What entitlement reform is really all about.
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  • The News Media:   Five mistakes political pundits make over and over again.
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  • Arab Spring:  The years after a revolution are almost always unstable and dangerous.  Is the Arab Spring in real trouble?
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Finally, behold the latest update of an important chart that explains the causes of our federal budget deficit.  I discussed the meaning and importance of this chart (2009 version) previously, here.

CBPP chart showing deficit causes over time

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