J. Goodrich

J. Goodrich is a recovering economist and the sole proprietor of the political blog Echidne of the Snakes. She also blogs for TAPPED.

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HILLARY-BASHING

HILLARY-BASHING. Glenn Beck has said that Hillary Clinton's voice is grating, something to trigger the images of nagging wives in the minds of all red-bloodied American male conservatives. The b**ch term was used, too. Not very subtle work from our Glenn, but then he is not paid for subtlety.

Media Matters for America caught a more subtle version of Hillary-bashing:

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY?

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY? One of the funniest things I ever saw on television was the Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland's inability to name all Ten Commandments on the Stephen Colbert show; funny, because Westmoreland was on the show for the very reason that he advocated wider knowledge of those commandments.

POPE BENEDICT ON THE MORAL DUTY OF POLITICIANS

POPE BENEDICT ON THE MORAL DUTY OF POLITICIANS. Benedict's most recent 140 pages of advice for the Catholic Church include a list of his non-negotiables:

The Church's opposition to gay marriage is "non-negotiable" and Catholic politicians have a moral duty to oppose it, as well as laws on abortion and euthanasia, Pope Benedict says.

WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE WOUNDED SOLDIERS?

WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE WOUNDED SOLDIERS? The Walter Reed hospital scandal struck a nerve in the country, and politicians of all stripes are scrambling to be on the right side of history on this one. George Bush expressed his utter disgust at what had taken place under his watch:

"Some of our troops have experienced bureaucratic delays and living conditions that are less than they deserve," Bush told an American Legion gathering in Washington. "It is unacceptable to me, it is unacceptable to you, and it is unacceptable to our country and it is not going to continue." ...

I'M NOT USUALLY IN THE BUSINESS OF SELF-PROMOTION

I'M NOT USUALLY IN THE BUSINESS OF SELF-PROMOTION, but Kay's and Dana's posts on Hillary Clinton's plans to reintroduce the Paycheck Fairness Act reminded me that I have written a very accessible three-part series on the gender gap in wages for a noneconomist.

It begins with a survey of some alternative theories, continues with a fairly detailed explanation of one government-funded study into the wage gap and ends with a clear and calm explanation of how conservatives are distorting the debate.

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