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Year in Review, 2019: “Victory at IAD” and Other Alternative Facts

Summary:
It’s the year that Donald Trump said  that in the war against Great Britain, “Our army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory,” Hard for anything else to compare, but let’s try, starting with inveterate liars… January. Stephen Moore, “economic analyst”: http://econbrowser.com/archives/2019/01/mr-stephen-moores-peer-reviewed-journal-articles February. Scott Walker’s knowledge of tax policy history on display http://econbrowser.com/archives/2019/02/scott-walker-lies-yet-again March. More from Stephen Moore, “economic analyst” http://econbrowser.com/archives/2019/03/stop-stephen-moore April. Ramesh Ponnuru confuses me…

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It’s the year that Donald Trump said  that in the war against Great Britain, “Our army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory,”

Hard for anything else to compare, but let’s try, starting with inveterate liars…

January. Stephen Moore, “economic analyst”:

http://econbrowser.com/archives/2019/01/mr-stephen-moores-peer-reviewed-journal-articles

February. Scott Walker’s knowledge of tax policy history on display

http://econbrowser.com/archives/2019/02/scott-walker-lies-yet-again

March. More from Stephen Moore, “economic analyst”

http://econbrowser.com/archives/2019/03/stop-stephen-moore

April. Ramesh Ponnuru confuses me…

http://econbrowser.com/archives/2019/04/ponnuru-on-the-conduct-of-optimal-monetary-policy

May. Judy Shelton’s economic theories.

http://econbrowser.com/archives/2019/05/white-house-considers-economist-judy-shelton-for-fed-board

June. I wonder what Edward Tufte would say about this graph….

http://econbrowser.com/archives/2019/06/deciphering-figure-6-1-in-the-2019-economic-report-of-the-president

July. When a “study” is not a study.

http://econbrowser.com/archives/2019/07/across-the-board-tariffs-on-china-with-retaliation-and-federal-spending-create-over-1-million-jobs-in-five-years

August. No comment necessary.

http://econbrowser.com/archives/2019/08/does-the-safe-haven-aspect-of-the-us-explain-declining-treasury-rates

September. Winning!

http://econbrowser.com/archives/2019/09/massive-rotting-soybean-pile-still-burns-after-catching-fire-in-july

October: 4% growth would be easy!

http://econbrowser.com/archives/2019/10/wheres-that-4-growth-trump-promised-or-for-that-matter-5

November. Trump on economic statistics.

http://econbrowser.com/archives/2019/11/what-could-trump-have-possibly-meant

December. Still waiting for that recession in California.

http://econbrowser.com/archives/2019/12/is-california-in-recession-part-xviii-2

For the year.

http://econbrowser.com/archives/2019/07/george-washington-and-victory-at-iad

Menzie Chinn
He is Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

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