Happy Birthday to Jack Davenport, 39. I liked Coupling quite a bit.
And now, the good stuff:
1. What Krugman said. Also, what DeLong said. Look, either (for example) there are or aren't people in the Netherlands with anti-euthanasia wristbands because old people in that nation are getting bumped off against their will all the time. And it either is or isn't true that one party invests quite a bit of their rhetoric, and who knows how much of their policy preferences, in fantasies like that. If the latter is true, you really do have to call them on it to be neutral. Once again: in my view, there's nothing inherent to conservative thought or to the GOP that they'll go off the deep end, but it's pretty clear where they are right now. There really is something seriously out-of-whack with today's GOP, and the first people in line who should care and try to do something about it should be conservatives.
2. Stan Collender makes the non-Keynesian case for why the federal government should be borrowing more, now.
3. Paul Waldman has a fun prediction of future Republican mischief. Sounds plausible!
4. Good reminder from Mark Mellman of the importance of question wording.
5. Immigration thoughts from Matt Yglesias. To give my own policy preferences for a change...I'm very wary of work permits; I'd rather just let more people in to stay. As far as the maximum number the US could comfortably absorb -- I sort of suspect that an open door policy would self-regulate, in that if people were coming faster than the US could handle, the word would get out and the flow would slow. These are not, to be sure, popular views.
6. Suzy Khimm updates the housing market.
7. And Lynn Vavreck on Santorum's appeal and it's dangers.