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“Do you have a degree in economics?
Hot Air ^ | 20 Jul 2011 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 07/20/2011 12:01:05 PM PDT by mandaladon

Matt Lewis flags this must-see moment from MSNBC, admittedly a phrase heard only slightly more often than “the good judgment of Anthony Weiner.” Contessa Brewer gets into an argument over economic policy with Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), and tries to talk him down by snidely asking him whether he has a degree in economics … which, to Brewer’s embarrassment, Brooks does: Brooks actually has three degrees: political science, economics, and law. As a lawyer, Brooks would have been experienced enough not to make Brewer’s mistake in a cross-examination, which is to ask a question without first knowing the answer. Not only that, but Brewer was being flat-out rude as well as foolish; MSNBC invited Brooks to appear to get his perspective on the issues. If their hosts respond by belittling them (whether it backfires or not), what does that say about MSNBC, its management, and the kind of invitations they make?

Since Brewer made an issue out of having an economics degree before engaging in economics debates, she must have a doctorate in the subject herself, right? Not exactly. According to her Wikipedia entry, Brewer has a baccalaureate in broadcast journalism (magna cum laude). Apparently they didn’t teach interviewing skills at Syracuse, or logic either, as a requisite for the degree.

As it happens, I don’t have a degree in economics (or journalism), either. I think that it’s entirely possible that the 2008 collapse could have triggered a deflationary spiral that would have created a depression instead of a sharp recession absent the interventions in the fall of that year; it’s at least an arguable point. I don’t have an issue with Brewer discussing economics without a degree, except that she doesn’t seem sharp enough to grasp the issues on her own —

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Another MSM lib makes a fool of herself!!!
1 posted on 07/20/2011 12:01:09 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Not just that, note the comment that tried to make it sound that Mo did not have a Degree in Economics, who was then taken to school himself by other comments (undoubtedly freepers).


2 posted on 07/20/2011 12:03:04 PM PDT by Paradox (Obnoxious, Bumbling, Absurd, Maladroit, Assinine)
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To: mandaladon

What qualifications does Ms. Brewer have, other than being able to read a TelePrompTer?


3 posted on 07/20/2011 12:03:47 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." - Bertrand de Jouvenel des Ursins)
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To: mandaladon
“Do you have a degree in economics?"


4 posted on 07/20/2011 12:04:51 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: mandaladon

No but I can Add and Subtract. The Parasites must be weaned off the “Free Deal” and the Agencies that control it dismantled and eliminated.


5 posted on 07/20/2011 12:05:32 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (Socialism...Easier said than done.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
What qualifications does Ms. Brewer have, other than being able to read a TelePrompTer?

She has a major in liberal nitwittery, and a minor in moonbattery.
6 posted on 07/20/2011 12:06:52 PM PDT by ZX12R
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To: mandaladon

Just as a matter of course:

Anyone who can’t define the difference between “Supply & Demand” and “Quantity Supplied & Quantity Demanded” is not qualified to speak on any economic subject.


7 posted on 07/20/2011 12:07:32 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: mandaladon

This was posted already, but here is another special Contessa Brewer moment...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHwRN0agLhI


8 posted on 07/20/2011 12:07:54 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

two words. Casting. Couch.


9 posted on 07/20/2011 12:09:36 PM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“What qualifications does Ms. Brewer have, other than being able to read a TelePrompTer?”

She is an affirmative action chick.


10 posted on 07/20/2011 12:11:30 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: Pining_4_TX

so funny, blame it on the “script”


11 posted on 07/20/2011 12:12:37 PM PDT by Enchante (May 1, 2011: Death to Bin Laden, Death to Bin Laden..... al Zawahiri is next!)
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To: mandaladon

I may not have an econ degree, but I’d go over her figures anyday.


12 posted on 07/20/2011 12:13:20 PM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: mandaladon
In internet language this is known as:


13 posted on 07/20/2011 12:14:48 PM PDT by RC one (DO NOT RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT!)
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To: mandaladon

Economics is dismal, but not a “Science”, unable to predict, based on theory.


14 posted on 07/20/2011 12:18:31 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: mandaladon

15 posted on 07/20/2011 12:19:02 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: mandaladon
Brewer: “Do you have a degree in economics?"

Brooks: "Yes, I do. Highest honors."


16 posted on 07/20/2011 12:19:42 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: mandaladon

Her degree is what all they have the illiterate Orange ballplayers take so that they don’t go ineligible. Let that sink in a while.


17 posted on 07/20/2011 12:19:56 PM PDT by dangus
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

She’s a contessa.


18 posted on 07/20/2011 12:20:57 PM PDT by Defiant (Our liberties are inalienable, even if Obama thinks otherwise.)
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To: mandaladon

I might not have a degree in Economics,
but I know when I’m out of money.
Tet.


19 posted on 07/20/2011 12:22:50 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: mandaladon

Note to Ms. Brewer: make sure you do a little quick background on you subject before you interview him/her.

Seriously, she studied journalism. Common sense alone begs that (even if you’re not a journalist) if you’re going to interview someone, it’s a good idea to know a little something about the person you’re interviewing.

Fail.


20 posted on 07/20/2011 12:23:55 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: mandaladon

She may not have a degree in economics, but she is a brilliant, really-really smart, intelligent, extremely bright, intellectual power house.

Of course, any Republican or Conservative is a knuckle-dragging moron with no brains.

/sarcasm/


21 posted on 07/20/2011 12:24:20 PM PDT by ripley
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To: mandaladon

22 posted on 07/20/2011 12:25:41 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: mandaladon

How stupid can someone be? She should be doing something else. It involves a pole.....


23 posted on 07/20/2011 12:26:14 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

She has a BA in ‘Journalism’.(Pretty much the same as a degree in sewage plant maintenance).
That makes her an expert on everything.


24 posted on 07/20/2011 12:27:13 PM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: mandaladon

I may not have a degree in economics but I know to stop spending when I’m broke.


25 posted on 07/20/2011 12:28:21 PM PDT by Neverforget01 (It Could Have Been Worse Is Not A Defense For Bad Policy)
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To: mandaladon

Question also reflects liberal mythology that knowledge can only be conferred by degree. But Mo still schooled her at her own game.


26 posted on 07/20/2011 12:30:23 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
What qualifications does Ms. Brewer have, other than being able to read a TelePrompTer?

She is mean, snide and snarky -- which perfectly qualifies her for that network.

What would be out of place on that network?
Oh, maybe someone who was competent, personable, intelligent, reasonable, polite and even-handed...

27 posted on 07/20/2011 12:33:03 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: mandaladon

Good thing she is so fine cause she just got pwnd....major


28 posted on 07/20/2011 12:35:03 PM PDT by wardaddy (Palin or Bachman..either with Marco....I'm often on a DroidX..in bed late...hence my spelling..sorry)
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To: forgotten man

“She is an affirmative action chick.”

Would have been a great comeback. “ yeah. I have an economics degree. And by you having no clue I can only assume you got your job through affirmative action” is that true?”


29 posted on 07/20/2011 12:35:22 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (As long as the MSM covers for Obama, he will be above the law)
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To: Paladin2

Actually, economics can explain behavior pretty well in micro-economic cases (i.e. few buyers and sellers in a single market). What it cannot explain is macroeconomics, because economists falsely believe that the underlying princples of macroeconomics somehow differ from those of microeconomics. As if I could add 2 together 1 million times, and end up with a number different than 2 million.

The Austrian economists believe the principles are the same for both cases, and I’ve heard some of them predicted 2008 before it happened.


30 posted on 07/20/2011 12:36:28 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: Paladin2

More importantly, would Laz hit it?


31 posted on 07/20/2011 12:37:39 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (As long as the MSM covers for Obama, he will be above the law)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
More importantly, would Laz hit it?

Like a jack hammer. The women I'd hit are usually a sub-set of the women Laz would hit, he being much manlier than I and thus requiring a large pool of women with whom to express his virility.

32 posted on 07/20/2011 12:39:12 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: mandaladon

Long ago, an interviewer would actually read the bio of the interviewee. Idiot.


33 posted on 07/20/2011 12:39:47 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: mandaladon
Obviously missed her calling...

Clouseau: Does yer dewg bite?
Inn Keeper: No
Clouseau: Nice Doggy (bends down to pet a dachshund - it snarls and bites him)
I thought you said yer dewg did not bite!
Inn Keeper: Zat... iz not my dog!

34 posted on 07/20/2011 12:40:03 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: Carl LaFong
She has a BA in ‘Journalism’.(Pretty much the same as a degree in sewage plant maintenance).

Except the person with a degree in sewage plant maintenance can provide services useful and necessary to civilization as a whole, whereas Contessa Brewer...well...she's merely using the raw sewage for brains, and is the only person on earth who can't tell that it's just not working out for her.
35 posted on 07/20/2011 12:40:35 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Thane_Banquo

Economics theory necessarily includes human behavior. That is problematic in itself. That many “economists” disagree on the basic theory for a given “problem” is prima facie evidence that most are charlatans, at best.


36 posted on 07/20/2011 12:40:48 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“What qualifications does Ms. Brewer have, other than being able to read a TelePrompTer?”

Her qualifications are bulging inside her sweater.


37 posted on 07/20/2011 12:42:26 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I don't have hobbies. I'm developing a robust post-apocalyptic skill set.)
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To: Carl LaFong
She has a BA in ‘Journalism’.(Pretty much the same as a degree in sewage plant maintenance).

I once represented a sewage plant in a lawsuit. There's some pretty serious engineering and science there.

38 posted on 07/20/2011 12:42:31 PM PDT by FateAmenableToChange
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To: Carl LaFong
She has a BA in ‘Journalism’.(Pretty much the same as a degree in sewage plant maintenance).

I applaud the folks that maintain the sewage plants...
Journalists? ... not so much. In this country, they are sewage.

39 posted on 07/20/2011 12:43:26 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: isthisnickcool
She should be doing something else. It involves a pole.....

Maybe Mika Brezinski?

40 posted on 07/20/2011 12:44:01 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Carl LaFong
She has a BA in ‘Journalism’.(Pretty much the same as a degree in sewage plant maintenance).

I beg to differ.

Sewage plant maintenance requires ability.

41 posted on 07/20/2011 12:45:21 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: Defiant

>> “She’s a contessa.” <<

.
Does that mean she can count?


42 posted on 07/20/2011 12:57:44 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: forgotten man
She is an affirmative action chick.

No TV news is beyond seeking affirmative action employees. She is simply eye candy.

44 posted on 07/20/2011 12:58:54 PM PDT by keepitreal ( Good manners never go out of style)
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To: Migraine
She is mean, snide and snarky -- which perfectly qualifies her for that network

Who's the bigger fool - her or the idiots that go on the network.

45 posted on 07/20/2011 1:02:29 PM PDT by Digger (T)
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To: Carl LaFong

>> “Pretty much the same as a degree in sewage plant maintenance” <<

.
That would be a mechanical engineer, most likely.

A sewage treatment plant is a technological masterpice these days, and managing one usually pays about $300,000 or more per year.


46 posted on 07/20/2011 1:02:43 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: keepitreal

>> “She is simply eye candy.” <<

.
More like “Eye Codliver Oil” in my book.


47 posted on 07/20/2011 1:05:01 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: Carl LaFong
She has a BA in ‘Journalism’

From he picture it is clear that her qualifications are not B and are certainly not A either.

48 posted on 07/20/2011 1:09:19 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The Dems demanding shared sacrifice are like Aztec priests doing it while cutting out my heart.)
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To: mandaladon

I bet that she would never ask Al Gore about his formal education on climate change.


49 posted on 07/20/2011 1:17:50 PM PDT by SteveGreen
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To: Paladin2

If those big yellow things were brains... She would be a genius!!!


50 posted on 07/20/2011 1:29:26 PM PDT by tired&retired
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