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] gmail.com & you can follow him on Twitter: @noahkgreen

Fed Hawk Agrees With Inflation Dove

September 2nd, 2011 at 1:12 pm 14 Comments


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there have been no net new jobs made at all in August. Zero.

This not only raises the stakes for what Obama needs to say in his much-hyped speech next week, it also puts more pressure on the Federal Reserve to consider stronger action.

Even one of the Federal Reserve Bank Presidents who is considered an inflation hawk knows that some inflation could be helpful for job creation.

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The White House Does Not Understand Today’s Media

September 1st, 2011 at 6:07 pm 34 Comments

Roger Simon has a column in Politico where he interviews an anonymous White House source about the fallout from the scheduling conflict over the President’s jobs speech. One comment given by the source indicates to me that this White House has a very peculiar view of media:

The White House was well aware the president’s speech would conflict with a planned Republican debate sponsored by POLITICO and NBC to be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. The debate would be broadcast live by MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo and live-streamed by POLITICO.

Yet the White House did not see this as an obstacle. “With all due respect, the POLITICO-MSNBC debate was one that was going on a cable station,” the White House source said. “It was not sacrosanct. We knew they would push it back and then there would be a GOP debate totally trashing the president. So it wasn’t all an upside for us.”

There is quite a bit of hubris in that comment, but lets focus on how the source demeans cable news.

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Huntsman Goes All in For Ryan

September 1st, 2011 at 12:50 am 15 Comments

While watching Jon Huntsman give his remarks on his jobs plan, I paid attention to how his speech described the existential threat of US debt.

Huntsman made clear he supports a Balanced Budget Amendment because “our debt is immoral and should be unconstitutional.” During a question-and-answer session, he added that the debt had to be controlled or it was going to “metastasize and kill this country.”

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Huntsman’s Great (Pre-Recession) Jobs Record

August 31st, 2011 at 2:23 pm 15 Comments

Jon Huntsman has unveiled his jobs plan and it is accompanied by an impressive web video touting Huntsman’s success in job creation. The video argues that Huntsman not only has a good jobs plan, but that his record as governor is also worth running on. The video says that Utah is the “#1 State in Job Creation”.

But wait! I thought it was Rick Perry who had the best job creation talking point? What happened to the idea that the place to find job creation was in Rick Perry’s “Texas Miracle”?

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Inflation Hawks Lose Their Shirts

August 31st, 2011 at 1:12 am 87 Comments

The Financial Times has a fascinating story about how Bill Gross and John Paulson, both the managers of large financial firms (Pimco and Paulson & Co. respectively) expected the United States to enter a period of inflation, planned accordingly, and got their bets completely wrong.

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Perry’s Land Deals: He Discloses, You Decide

August 30th, 2011 at 7:37 pm 17 Comments

What does the law say about Gov. Perry’s land transactions? Simple: they are clearly legal.

As long as the profits from the sales were not contingent on Perry doing a specific favor for whomever he sold the land to, Perry has nothing to fear from the law.

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Red Gold

August 29th, 2011 at 1:13 pm 14 Comments

During Hurricane Irene, I took some time to read Barry Eichengreen’s overview of international monetary history: Exorbitant Privilege. I’m only halfway through but the most interesting anecdote so far has to be Eichengreen’s description of why the Soviet Union and Charles de Gaulle supported the world returning to a Gold Standard to gain an advantage over the United States.

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Red Light Cameras: They Work

August 28th, 2011 at 11:58 pm 112 Comments

Back in April, I wrote a piece for FrumForum taking a counter-intuitive look at red light cameras, arguing that Tea Partiers and anti-camera activists were right to oppose the cameras being placed at intersections, since there were more cost-effective ways of reducing crashes. An idea that I gave particular prominence to was that crashes could be reduced just by extending the yellow light time at intersections.

Unfortunately, the piece was not well informed by the opinions of true camera experts.

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A Monument Not Fit for a King

August 28th, 2011 at 8:45 am 89 Comments

Washington, there D.C. is about to get its first piece of totalitarian architecture on the National Mall.

Below this paragraph on the left is an image of the main statue from the new Martin Luther King memorial which has just opened up the public. On the right is an image of a statue of (deceased) North Korean President for Life, Kim il-Sung. Although one is the image of a civil rights leader and the other is of a brutal dictator, the two statues are unfortunately very similar:

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More Conservative Than You Think

August 27th, 2011 at 11:20 pm 25 Comments

Ever since Jon Huntsman declared on Twitter that he thinks evolution and climate change are real, he has been identified as the “moderate” candidate in the GOP field, the candidate whose goal seems to be to antagonize the Republican base. Charles Krauthammer described him as “a liberal’s idea of what a Republican ought to be.”

But what if the real Jon Huntsman is actually a candidate with an incredibly conservative record? This is the argument in The American Conservative’s new piece on Huntsman by Michael Brendan Dougherty.

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