In three sentences in the same paragraph of the interview that Donald Trump gave to the NYT, he managed to first deprecate the technical abilities of some of my best friends and then a good number of the contributors to this blog.
First, he said “I know the details of taxes better than anybody. Better than the greatest C.P.A.” While I’m not a CPA (note to the NYT editors: the three letters of that professional designation are not supposed to be separated by periods), I do have an LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. I work every day with CPAs and I take it personally when the President of the United States attacks their professional abilities. I have to assume that the only reason that he did not boast that he knew taxes better than any lawyer with a LL.M. in taxation was that he simply did not know that such an academic degree even exists.
But here’s the worse news for this blog. In the very next sentence he said “I know the details of health care better than most, better than most.” Take that Keith Humphreys, Miriam Laugesen, Harold Pollack, and Don Taylor.
I haven’t read the entire transcript. I assume that if Trump goes after drug policy experts, the blog will have to cease publication and Mark will be forced into retirement.