Bruce Bartlett Goes Rogue

This is surprisingly lucid TV from Bruce Bartlett, former Reagan/Bush official. When did he go rogue?


  1. For more Bruce Bartlett go to

  2. When did Bartlett go rogue? About six years ago. Same thing that happened to Frum more recently.

    From wikipedia: From 1993 to 2005, Bartlett was affiliated with the National Center for Policy Analysis, a free-market think tank based in Dallas, Texas. The NCPA fired him in 2005 for his outspoken criticism of President George W. Bush.

  3. Paul:

    Thank you for posting this interview. A difficulty facing our country is the lack of eldership. Mr. Bartlett is attempting to bring evidence to support his opinions and Mr. Kernan is interrupting and repeating the opinions of others rather than questioning Mr. Bartlett's evidence.


  4. Apparently: Suggesting, based on solid evidence and with the majority of economists backing you, that the Government should attempt to improve the economy, means that you belong with the Occupy Wall Street crowd.

    Is this supposed to be a liberal media outlet?

    • Paul Kedrosky says:

      Here, CNBC, or both?

      • CNBC is supposed to be part of the liberal media conspiracy right? And they suggest that a reasonable, centrist person should be demonstating on the streets.

  5. The Window Washer says:

    You misses this classic punch line from Bary?

  6. Guess there's a huge difference between fixing the underlying economic problems versus what is dictated by fixing to get your a@@ into incumbency via your party.

  7. Cliff Elam says:

    Amazing how people who make their living from government are generally in favor or more government intervention.

    I will also note that people love to talk about "building bridges at zero percent interest" but they never ever talk about maintaining them at a higher marginal tax rate.


    • It was rather humorous to hear Ron Paul supported Med Part D. Legalizing the money drop would be more direct and effective, but at least Bruce doesn't do misguided and misleading the way Congress does over debt limits and tax cuts.

    • Don't we need to pay to maintain the bridges whether we repair them or not?

  8. Someone injected him with truth serum a few years ago, he's been heroic ever since. Hell hath no fury like a mandarin scorned cc Paul O' Neil. If only someone like him would run as a 3rd party we might get back to a democracy.