Tuesday, February 15, 2011
My not so small influence on policy :)
Last night I was talking to Democratic strategist, Bob Beckel. Beckel is an adviser to Joe Biden. (It's funny, 'cause I was sitting there and Biden called Beckel on his cell phone.)
I have been talking to Beckel for a while now about all this MMT stuff, government spending, debts, deficits, etc and have won him over to our side to the point that he's become a very good communicator of these concepts.
Well, we were discussing the president's State of the Union speech and I mentioned to him that I thought it was interesting that the president put the issue of the deficit way back near the end of the speech almost as if to de-emphasize it. Then Beckel said to me, "Mike you don't realize how much of an influence you had on that."
I was shocked.
He told me that he had been explaining all this stuff to Biden and Biden was a key player in the White House in terms of framing the State of the Union speech. He said Biden argued strongly for de-emphasizing the deficit, while another group of fiscal hawks at the WH wanted to make it a priority. The hawks lost the debate and according to Beckel, that was due in no small way to me!