Laffer's Napkin

by Benjamin Domenech on 6:59 am May 11, 2010

Laffer's Napkin


The Carthaginians defending the city were attacked by three Roman legions. The Carthaginians were proud and brave but they couldn’t hold. They were massacred. Arab women stripped them of their tunics and their swords and lances. The soldiers lay naked in the sun. Two thousand years ago. I was here.

Stumbled across this the other day — an image of one of the Laffer napkins, though I can’t quite tell if it’s THE napkin, though it is dated 9/13/74. One wonders how much of the policy shifts stretching from the 1980s to today began with this napkin.

Seeing this reminds me once again of Donald Rumsfeld’s incredible and incredibly surprising career, and why I’m eager to read his forthcoming memoirs. He and Dick Cheney have been present at the creation of an astounding number of ideas that changed the country and the world. They are incredibly controversial figures, stubborn and brilliant, and, in person, surprisingly charming. Their influential legacies, good and bad, will be subjects of historical debate far beyond their lifespans.

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