Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Horizons of Game Theory

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The big issue to be decided by the lame-duck Congress is whether to extend Bush’s tax cuts for the very rich. This is a one-dimensional chess game, with the obvious zero-sum property that if the tax go through, the Republicans win and (at least in standard political terms) the Democrats lose by an equal amount.

There seems to be a near-universal consensus that
(i) The game is a forced win for the Dems (pass a bill extending the cuts for everyone but the rich and dare the Repugs to oppose it)
(ii) The Dems opening move will be to resign.

Written by gerrycanavan

November 14, 2010 at 9:43 am

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