* Citigroup comes up with a new catchphrase to justify its continuing reliance on bailouts.
* Gerald O’Driscoll gets pretty feisty, for the Wall Street Journal. (HT2 the photosynthetic von Pepe.)
* Check out Andrew Jackson’s explanation for why he killed the 2nd Bank of the United States. BTW mark your calendars, the Night of Clarity 2011 will be July 22-23. The theme will be Jackson’s killing of the bank, and retiring the national debt. (Yes that’s right, he didn’t simply balance the budget, or pay down some of the debt–Jackson paid off the federal government’s debt. He was the only president to do so.)
* I do believe that Krugman is even less sympathetic to free trade in this post, than in the last time he addressed this issue. Now, not only does free trade not create jobs (in the midst of a global recession), but it only “may” make the world more efficient. At least a year ago, he wasn’t hesitating in doling out praise for what free trade did do. (BTW here is my response to that original post.)
* I am going to nominate myself for “Wittiest EconLog Comment of 2010.” I’m not saying I should win, but that I definitely should be nominated for this coveted award.
* I continue with my boycott of the Amazon boycott.
* Here’s my appearance on Judge Napolitano’s “Freedom Watch,” talking about my good friend Ben Bernanke. Napolitano asked me to psychoanalyze The Bernank at the end.