August 07, 2009

BItchslapping a worthy target

John Cole tries to play a game of economic "gotcha" with Megan McArdle. Whatever disagreements I might have with Ms. McArdle, I would never try to play that sort of game because, well, it's a fool's errand which, I suppose, is why Cole tries to play it.

So yes, John, the Atlantic's economics expert didn't realize just how much the kind of regulations Democrats are now pushing had managed to screw up New York's health insurance market. In trying, while writing a blog post on the fly, to err on the side of charity towards my ideological opponents, I grossly misled my readers. Massive state interference in the insurance market is clearly much, much worse than I--the eternal pessimist!--managed to imagine. Thanks for calling that oversight to my attention.

Gigantic asshole: nothing. Megan McArdle: Two.

Posted by Physics Geek at August 7, 2009 07:35 PM | TrackBack StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It!

Not just a guess: You didn't check McArdles numbers. There's so far beyond wrong she breaks the meter.

Start with "In New York, the rate of inflation has apparently been about 16 times that", go 7 years & try not to end up laughing.

Posted by: Downpuppy at August 8, 2009 01:40 PM