Mar 28 2008

Dean Baker on the financial crisis, Keith Poole on Voteview


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This week on CounterSpin: The crisis in the U.S. housing market is big news, but media coverage of what to do about it seems to feature the same experts and consequently the same sorts of ideas that created the problem in the first place. What ways forward are we not hearing about? And what should progressives make of what could be a real “teachable moment” about the workings of the U.S. economy? We’ll hear from economist Dean Baker from the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Also on the show: Recent stories in the New York Times and Washington Post labeling Barack Obama a liberal, cite a study by the National Journal finding Obama had a more liberal voting record than any other U.S. senator in 2007—even more liberal than socialist senator Bernie Sanders. But how reliable is the oft-cited National Journal survey? We’ll talk to Keith Poole, a professor at University of California at San Diego and co-founder of Voteview, a rigorous system for gauging the ideology of politicians.


The Ill-Informed Is Learning: The Recession Will Be Bad, by Dean Baker (Beat the Press, 3/23/08)

110th Senate Rank Ordering, by Keith Poole & Jeff Lewis (Voteview, 1/2/08)