Thursday, February 11, 2010

White House predicts slow recovery?

Story here. There is a technical term for what the White House is doing here. I believe it's called...wait, it's on the tip of my tongue, you know, what candidates do before a debate...oh, yeah: managing expectations. Which seems sensible enough to me after they completely screwed up predicting economic measures last year. But it seems very strange to me that the White House would make a big deal out of a fairly ho-hum prediction. I'm guessing that they want to be able to say in nine months that recovery has gone better than expected.

The Man, The Myth, The Bio

East Bay, California, United States
Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.