Stories by Noah Kristula-Green

Noah Kristula-Green is the Managing Editor and a Contributor to FrumForum. He was formerly a Web Intern at The New Republic. He lives in Washington DC, grew up in Tokyo, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from The University of Chicago. His email is noahkgreen [at] & you can follow him on Twitter: @noahkgreen

Downwardly Mobile America

November 7th, 2011 at 2:07 am 39 Comments

James Pethokoukis has posted a new chart on his blog as part of his ongoing commentary about income inequality in America. In this post, he argues that “alarmists” are wrong to worry about income inequality because America has a lot of upward economic mobility:

Turns out that the Tax Foundation has also looked at the economic mobility issue. Using IRS data, it found that about 60 percent of households that were in the lowest income quintile in 1999 were in a higher quintile in 2007.About 40 percent of households in the top quintile moved to a lower quintile over this 9 year period.


To Govern Better, GOP Should Work From Reality

November 4th, 2011 at 12:00 am 104 Comments

In my previous blog post, I discussed how many Republican criticisms of the Obama administration’s policies are not backed up by data.

Republicans don’t just have a problem with specific critiques, they also have a view of America that doesn’t match with how the country actually is. Their view disagrees with the reality of many important socio-economic problems. In some cases, such as America’s lack of upward mobility, some deny the problem exists.


More Obama Criticisms Fail Reality Test

November 1st, 2011 at 2:00 pm 96 Comments

The Obama administration’s economic policies have disappointed almost everybody. Yet if we are to get better results in future, it’s important to understand – not only that the administration is wrong, but why it is wrong.

And unfortunately the Republican case against this administration is too often based on claims that do not survive factual scrutiny.


`In Time’ is a Parable Against Tight Money

October 31st, 2011 at 4:10 pm 7 Comments

I can’t recommend the new Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried sci-fi action thriller In Time on the basis of its acting or plot (both are mediocre) but I can recommend the film as a parable about bad monetary policy.

Here is the premise of the film: in the future, humans are genetically modified to stop aging when they turn 25. They are capable of living forever but the catch is that they only keep living in perpetual youth if they have enough “time” on them. Every person walks around with a bioluminescent clock on their arm showing the amount of time they have, counting down.


Read FrumForum’s Nevada GOP Debate Livechat

October 18th, 2011 at 5:27 pm 48 Comments

On October 19th, FrumForum’s bloggers and contributors liveblogged the Nevada’s GOP presidential debate. The debate was a lively affair, featuring strong attacks on Herman Cain’s 999 plan, energetic rhetoric from Rick Perry, and even a physical confrontation between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.

The transcript of the livechat can be read below the fold.


Economic Chutzpah

October 14th, 2011 at 4:20 pm 125 Comments

James Pethokoukis at AEI blogs about “Five reasons why Obama really is freaking out business.” He makes the argument commonly made by conservatives that the Obama administration’s policies are weakening the economy because they promote “uncertainty.”

Yet when I look at the data he cites, I can’t help but see strong evidence that Republicans are responsible for a lot of uncertainty. The data suggests that Republicans should have supported a clean debt ceiling increase instead of the fight they had with the White House in the summer over spending cuts.


Are the Wall Street Marchers Suckers?

October 13th, 2011 at 4:48 pm 83 Comments

Are the Occupy Wall Street marchers Suckers? FrumForum Assistant Editor Mytheos Holt thinks so but FrumForum Managing Editor Noah Kristula-Green wonders if thats really the case. If the OWS marchers are being mislead, then by whom? Mytheos and Noah will debate via gchat, but first, the opening statement to explain their views:


GOP Candidates Spar Over the Economy

October 11th, 2011 at 6:06 pm 87 Comments

What did we learn from last night’s debate?

There are problems with Herman Cain’s candidacy. Herman Cain’s rising popularity and poll numbers meant that Bloomberg had to dedicate a significant amount of time to his 9-9-9 plan. His plan was even presented as part of a video question, treatment that only Mitt Romney also received.


Christie Could Never Run Against Romney

October 11th, 2011 at 4:40 pm 7 Comments

When I wrote that Chris Christie was not going to run for President, I gave four reasons why it was too late for him to enter the race. As we learn about Chris Christie’s plan to endorse Mitt Romney today, we can add a 5th: apparently he had been in communication with Romney for a long time.


At Values Voter Summit, Perry Attempts to Pivot on Immigration

October 7th, 2011 at 4:23 pm 17 Comments

When I saw Mike Pence at the 2010 Values Voters Summit, he opened his speech by stating he was a “I am a Christian, a conservative and a Republican – in that order.” Rick Santorum gave a speech at this year’s summit which emphasized how he was a part of the Values Voters “family” and that he had long been a foot soldier for their issues.

In contrast with these possible framings, Rick Perry gave a speech to the Values Voters Audience which had socially conservative elements, but which touched on many more issues to reestablish his credibility as a presidential candidate. Arguably, the most aggressive and forceful part of the speech was where Perry worked to strengthen his conservative credentials on a topic that has been hurt him in the polls–immigration.