Why It Is a Rising and Not a Setting Sun

“But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun.” — Benjamin Franklin

It is a good morning. We haven’t had enough of those in this country in the past decade.

hat tip: Kevin Drum
hat tip: Kevin Drum

Last night, Congress approved the health care bill.

University of Rome Tor Vergata economist Robert Waldmann cried tears of joy. George Mason University economist Don Boudreaux wanted to vomit.

Okay, not everybody is happy this morning. For my less-enthused readers, I thought I’d post a special edition in our “What to Read” series. Herewith, I reproduce the best articles, columns, essays, and posts that I’ve read on the health care debate since I started this blog. But first, I want to second Steve Coll’s motion to celebrate one journalist in particular:

If you, like me, are uplifted by the historical potential of Sunday’s vote, then the best way to sit still inside what has happened is to scroll back through Ezra Klein’s blog. If you haven’t been reading Klein throughout the health care reform debate, you’ve missed one of the inspiring examples of how new forms of journalism in the hands of a new generation of journalists (who don’t always admire, but don’t always disrespect, the example of the generation before them) can produce vital new work. Klein is an example of a policy wonk in possession of both passionate opinion and scientific method who put himself into position to cover the dull-but-important story of a lifetime.

Coll has inspired me to create a new tradition for this blog: a “Journalist of the Year” award. With a little backdating, we are proud to honor Ezra Klein with the 2009 Trading 8s “Journalist of the Year” Award.

And now, everything you need to know about the health care bill, including many fine posts by our first annual Journalist of the Year:   Continue reading “Why It Is a Rising and Not a Setting Sun”

Best of the Week: February 21-27, 2010

10. Which Party Uses Reconciliation More Often? Looks Like Harry Reid Was Correct — Joshua Tucker and Health Care No Stranger to Reconciliation Process — Julie Rovner
9. Hood — Brian Mockenhaupt and Distant Wars, Constant Ghosts — Shannon P. Meehan
8. Depression’s Upside — Jonah Lehrer and Head Case — Louis Menand
7. Girls Gone Anti-Feminist — Susan J. Douglas
6. A Broken Economic Law — Louis UchitelleIn Search of…Crowding Out — Menzie Chinn, A Stimulus Opponent Who Can Actually Find His—! — J. Bradford DeLong, and 1937, 2010 — Richard Posner
5. Latvia’s Neoliberal Madness — Michael Hudson & Jeffrey Sommers
4. Doing What Comes Supernaturally: Stanley Fish on Fact and Value — Russell Blackford
3. Child Slavery in Uzbekistan — Craig Murray
2. Questions and Answers about the Financial Crisis — Gary Gorton, Due North: Canada’s Marvelous Mortgage and Banking System — Mark J. Perry, and The Troubling Resolution Revolution — Peter J. Wallison
1. The World Needs All Kinds of Minds — Temple Gradin and How Brains Learn to See — Pawan Sinha
BONUS: Division and Its Discontents — Steven Strogatz