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Obama on Growing the Pie vs Slicing the Pie

August 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics

Maybe there is “hope” after all. This from Greg Mankiw. He quotes Obama’s second autobiography, page 156.

the conservative revolution that Reagan helped usher in gained traction because Reagan’s central insight–that the liberal welfare state had grown complacent and overly bureaucratic, with Democratic policy makers more obsessed with slicing the economic pie than with growing the pie–contained a good deal of truth.

Of course, if this were 1986 he’d be wailing with all the other dems about his heartlessness and “reckless” cold war strategy. Some of us vividly remember those days.


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  • 1 Teresa Valdez Klein // Sep 8, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    In 1986, Obama was my age and working as a community organizer in Chicago. I don’t doubt that his perspective on the Cold War was pretty liberal, but I wonder — as a man of Obama’s age — how many political positions you held at 25 that you no longer agree with.

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