As the clock winds down, we’ve narrowed this year’s contest for “That’s Gotta Hurt!” blog responses to two individuals, David R. Henderson and Steve Landsburg. Let’s review their displays of rapier wit:
* On December 27 Henderson wrote a blog post complaining about an advocacy group’s false claim regarding Kim Kardashian’s taxes. The entire post was dedicated to Henderson showing, step by step, that no possible interpretation of the group’s claim could be correct. The first commenter, Sol, asked, “Could [their figure] be solely referring to percentage points of Cal. state income taxes?” Henderson replied, “@Sol, To get an answer to your question, read my post.” Ouch! That’s Gotta Hurt!
* On December 19 Landsburg criticized an op ed that (standup economist) Yoram Bauman had written for the NYT. In the comments, Bauman tried to defend himself. Landsburg replied: “Yoram: I do prefer to avoid vitriol (and as I think you know, there’s much about you that I admire). But it’s impossible for me to comment honestly on your piece without saying that I think it’s idiotic.” Yikes! Say it with me, everybody: That’s Gotta Hurt!
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