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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Monday, October 17, 2011

George Will: Occupy Wall Street’s ‘Plank’ Of Debt Repudiation ‘About To Go Mainstream’

(By Josh Feldman, Mediaite) - George Will credited Occupy Wall Street for adopting the idea of debt repudiation, a theory which has been touted by some economists, which he he fully expects to be embraced by the mainstream soon enough.

Christiane Amanpour brought up concerns by some business leaders about the Obama administration’s economic policies. Will pointed to high percentages of unemployed Americans, and then credited the OWS movement for embracing the idea of debt repudiation, essentially the refusal to pay back one’s debt.

George Will: “I think there’s one potential plank, if you can call it that, of Occupy Wall Street that’s about to go mainstream, and that’s debt repudiation. You see it now from some of the mainstream economists. These are the same geniuses, by the way, who said if we passed the stimulus, we would have unemployment at 8 percent or less. And that is… your mainstream economists say, we need just a little bit of inflation, and a narrow band, 4 to 6 percent, just for a little while.”


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