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Our country is in deep trouble and our politicians are making things worse. It's time for bold new leadership to fix America.


Letter to Board of Americans Elect

Dear Board Members of Americans Elect and Advisors to Americans Elect,

As a declared candidate, I thank you for your prodigious efforts to improve our democracy and our country's prospects.

I know you face a difficult decision about proceeding in light of the failure of candidates to secure the requisite numbers of support clicks.

Given the timing, voter registration challenges, press reaction, and limited funds for advertising, support clicks have, indeed, been hard to secure. In addition, more prominent candidates did not come forward as many of you hoped.

Krugman's Macroeconomic Rants

Paul Krugman has been ranting in the NY Times about the need for more stimulus. He’s been doing this on a weekly basis for, well, it seems forever. In his recent column, "Easy Useless Economics," he lambasts economists who think the economy's job problems are structural -- too many people trained to work in the declining industries, like construction and finance. He's also taken on economists who think the economy has suffered a productivity shock.

Update on my campaign and important request

Dear Friends,

Americans Elect is at a critical juncture. They have 400,000 people registered on their site, but a much smaller number have verified their voter status and supported a candidate. As a result of the limited participation in the caucus stage, the Americans Elect board is going to meet next week to discuss how best to proceed. The lack of participation is both a reflection of user difficulties on the Americans Elect website and the absence of press coverage.

Saving Face or Saving Lives? When will Obama Lead?

I'm running against President Obama as a candidate for the nomination of the Americans Elect platform (see But I have deep respect for him as a person and voted for him in the last election. Overall, I think he's done a B to B+ job in office.

I'm a tough grader, so that's actually a pretty high grade. I'd give President Bush, the latter, a D, for example.

Making Jobs in Our Economy -- the Secret Sauce

The latest Labor Department figures show the economy is stuck at 8 percent unemployment. The NY Times says this is clear evidence that the government needs to engage in more government spending. This is the Obama Administration's view as well. Mitt Romney favors lower taxes and less government regulation to get the economy rolling.


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Why Kotlikoff in 2012?

Our country's problems are severe and getting worse. No candidate has all the answers. But the problems we face are primarily economic ones and may be better addressed by someone who has spent his life focused on our economic problems and their solutions. No economist has, to my knowledge, ever run for President. In recent years, we've had a nuclear engineer, an actor, two businessmen, and two lawyers. In their hands, the economy has done very poorly on a number of critical dimensions. In particular, none has come to grips with the country's long-term fiscal insolvency.

We've also been very badly served by the two parties' primary concern -- obtaining and maintaining power. This may work for them, but it's certainly not working for us. It's time to elect someone with fresh, bold ideas that will appeal to all segments of society -- someone with the courage to both articulate and implement what's really needed to fix America.