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David Gutting
St. Louis, MO
I'm VP/Group Planning Director at Barkley and head our agency's account planning activities.
Interests: dogs, movies, politics, baseball, and just about anything that is interesting.
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Coty taps the "5Cs" of marketing 9 October 2014 NEW YORK: Coty, the beauty group, believes that basing its marketing strategy on the "5Cs" of content, convenience, community, curation and connection could prove to be a formula for success in... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 9, 2014 at "Advertise, or go under"
Does a continuing depression actually serve the interests of the wealthy? That’s doubtful, since a booming economy is generally good for almost everyone. What is true, however, is that the years since we turned to austerity have been dismal for workers but not at all bad for the wealthy, who have benefited from surging profits and stock prices even as long-term unemployment festers. The 1 percent may not actually want a weak economy, but they’re doing well enough to indulge their prejudices. And this makes one wonder how much difference the intellectual collapse of the austerian position will actually make.... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 25, 2013 at The Liberal Elitist
The true test of an analytical framework is how it performs in unusual or extreme circumstances, how well it predicts “out of sample”. What we have experienced since 2007 is a series of huge policy shocks — and basic macroeconomics made some very counterintuitive predictions about the effects of those shocks. Unprecedented budget deficits, the model said, would not drive up interest rates. A tripling of the monetary base would not cause runaway inflation. Sharp government spending cuts wouldn’t free up resources for the private sector, they would depress the economy more than one-for-one, so that private spending as well... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 21, 2013 at The Liberal Elitist
No matter what industry you work in--it could be advertising or the chemical business or life insurance--there is now a steady stream of "daily briefings" that you can receive electronically to stay in touch with your professional world. This is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2013 at "Advertise, or go under"
Search This BlogSearch via What fascinates me here is this: our elite culture has built a set of myths that govern entire views and outlooks, and they are completely and totally wrong. During the Vietnam War years, to take just one example, you didn't have this sort of thing. There were people who supported the war and people who opposed it. Today, the mainstream thinkers--Krugman's "Very Serious People"--all spout the same thing, even though it's total nonsense. Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 6, 2013 at The Liberal Elitist
If you're a liberal, you probably beleive in the "safety net." You probably want to protect "entitlements" in face of the huge tax cuts that have been given to the wealthy. But if you really believe in the liberal cause, you need to stop talking about safety nets and entitlements. Here's why: when you use that language, you use the language of the right. The right wins when they can point to safety nets (full of waste and abuse) and entitlements (modest government programs now out of control because of a "dependent" class). Paul Krugman is fond of saying that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2012 at The Liberal Elitist
Barack Obama increased turnout among young voters in this election, even though he had nothing comparable to the wave of euphoria he had in 2008. There's a simple lesson here: data trumps narrative. Obama's team did it the old fashioned way--they worked name by name, block by block, precinct by precinct. That is truly what building a coalition is all about. The narrative is important, but it isn't everything. And it always runs out of gas. Data keeps working, all the time. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2012 at The Liberal Elitist
Over at Nate Silver's 538 blog on the NY Times, he now has Obama at a 91% chance of winning. That means Mitt would have to pull off the equivalent of an inside straight to win this thing. Not even Truman did that. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2012 at The Liberal Elitist
If Barack Obama wins this election, he'll do it largely without the support of white people. And if Mitt Romney wins, it will be because he won the overwhelming support of white people--and of no one else. Does anyone bother to notice this and what it means? Forty-four years after Richard Nixon marched to victory with the "Southern Strategy" we haven't made if very far, have we? Think about it: in 2008, the white vote in Alabama went 90% for John McCain. Tuesday it's probably going to be even stronger for Mr. Romney. Obama does better among whites outside the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2012 at The Liberal Elitist
Sam Wang's projected electoral college map as of 11/3/12 As Election Day approaches, there's been an interesting dust-up surrounding some of the predictions being made by various analysts, especially the ones who specialize in poll aggregtion and statistical modeling. Nate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2012 at "Advertise, or go under"
Last week, speaking to The Columbus Dispatch, Mr. Romney declared that nobody in America dies because he or she is uninsured: “We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.” This followed on an earlier remark by Mr. Romney — echoing an infamous statement by none other than George W. Bush — in which he insisted that emergency rooms provide essential health care to the uninsured. via I take politicians--especially presidential candidates--seriously. If you say you're going to abolish Obamacare, I figure that's what you're going to do. And that has... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 14, 2012 at The Liberal Elitist
When a candidate behaves as badly as Mitt Romney, what can one more voice add to the din? Probably not much, but I have one thought I want to share: Republicans hate social insurance. They hate Social Security. They hate Medicare. They really hate Medicaid, Food Stamps, and unemployment insurance. In their hearts, they look at people who collect Social Security retirement--especially the ones who depend on it for most or all of their income--as freeloaders and "failures," people propped up by FDR's pernicious socialist scheme. It radiates out from there. That disdain is what Mitt Romney communicated at that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2012 at The Liberal Elitist
I haven't posted here in a long time. Chalk it up to a general sense of dealing with too much noise in the political marketplace and not seeing the point of trying to cut through all of it. But as I look at the way this election is unfolding, something just finally struck me: Mitt Romney is truly a terrible candidate. Disingenuous. A fraud. An empty suit. Anemic political skill. I honestly think he won the nomination because he was surrounded by the most pathetic field to run for the nation's highest office since the Democrats ponied out midgets to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2012 at The Liberal Elitist
Republicans--this is your field? This is who you put in front of us? There are lots of signs of the decay of our culture (Kim Kardashian, for example). But do you have to actively work at making the country worse, making us dumber, more pathetic, a bigger joke than we already are? Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at The Liberal Elitist
By now, it's probably dawning on some Republicans (not the band of nitwit freshmen in the House, of course or our Great National Homophobe, Michelle Bachmann), that you can't keep saying you're going to kill the hostage if you know it means your own suicide. People like Lindsey Graham and even the comical Tim Pawlenty are realizing that. On the same token, Obama opened the door for these idiots by even agreeing at all to discuss conditions and concessions for raising the debt ceiling. He should have foreclosed that possibility from the beginning by using a loud and bully pulpit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2011 at The Liberal Elitist
There is something that mystifies me. But knowing the ways of the clowns who run our government, I guess it shouldn't be surprising. The Speaker of the House today wrote in an op-ed in USA Today that he would not support an increase in the debt limit unless certain spending cuts and policy changes are attached to it. Now, this is where I am confused: this same Speaker voted back in December for a tax package that raised our deficit. It extended some tax cuts and created more. He also has voted repeatedly for spending bills that he knows requires... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at The Liberal Elitist
During 2008, a nerdy baseball statistician by the name of Nate Silver became a sensation in the world of political analysis because of the success of his blog, www.fivethirtyeight. com. (The name was derived from the total number of electoral... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2010 at "Advertise, or go under"
We're in the midst of another silly debate in which a lot of wimpy Democrats will feel too nervous to take on the powerful conservative interests. We're already seeing signs of it as the Blue Dogs come out for extending the Bush tax cuts for people earning over $250,000. The logic is "we can't raise taxes during the recession." Well, here's an idea. End the tax cut for that high-affluent group, but take those dollars and cut taxes for the middle class. It could be a permanent cut or one to last a few years. This has a couple of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2010 at The Liberal Elitist
A reader comment to David Brooks puts out more common sense than the blather of talking heads on both the left and the right. Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 12, 2010 at The Liberal Elitist
This is Dale Robertson, the self-proclaimed founder of the Tea Party, at a party even last year in Houston. The Washington Independent dug this up after Robertson suggested that Democrats may have planted people at Tea party events last week to cast racial slurs. The Washington Times quoted him as saying, ""These people could be anybody. I wouldn't put it past the Democrats to plant somebody there. They're trying to label the tea party, but I've never seen any racial slurs." Tea Party apologists, from Sarah Palin on down, are trying to cast liberals as the villains in the background.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2010 at The Liberal Elitist
Politics is an unusual marketing battleground. Elections are like one-day close-out sales and are pure winner-take-all. Governing is a bit different. True, votes come down to a "yes" or a "no," but there is a lot of give and take... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at "Advertise, or go under"
We're within a day of a resolution of the most hard-fought legislative battle since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A couple of days ago, I arrived at something of a Eureka moment on this issue, and, like any such moments, you wonder afterwards why it never dawned on you sooner. Health care reform is simply an anti-discrimination bill. I had not looked at it like that, but think about it: If you're on Medicare or Medicaid, or if you are eligible for VA benefits, you get health care without worrying about whether you have been sick... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2010 at The Liberal Elitist
I posted recently about contacting my state senator regarding legislation proposed in Missouri that would require insurance companies to cover very expensive therapies to treat children diagnosed with autism spectrum. My question was simple: "Why do Republicans like yourself strongly support legislation like this but then oppose health care reform that simply requires companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions?" Senator Schmitt's chief of staff, Sean Furey, had the courtesy to call me today to discuss the matter. He pointed out that his boss felt that this problem had reached such a proportion that it was a legitimate function of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2010 at The Liberal Elitist
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Mar 15, 2010
The portion of health care that is most regulated or "controlled" by the government delivers the clearly best and most reliable care. Employer coverage is tightly regulated; and the government is the single payer on Medicare and Medicaid. All of those programs do a good job of making sure people are taken care, get good care, and have penty of choice. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2010 at The Liberal Elitist