Hollywood on the Potomac

Captured Economy

December 6, 2017

“I think the tax bill is illustrative of how Washington has for decades focused on tax policy as the end all and be all of growth policy,” Brink Lindsey, co-author of The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality told  Hollywood on the Potomac at a book party in his honor at the Kalorama home of Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter.  “So if republicans think we need to stimulate growth, their imagination is pretty much limited in thinking the tax cuts can get the economy moving again. In general, the evidence that those work is pretty paltry, so I’m afraid this bill we’re seeing now is mistimed and miscast. Instead, what Washington should be paying attention to is the vast and arcane regulatory code where all kinds of growth killing mischief is located.”

“In particular, what my co-author Steve Teles and I focus on in our book are areas of regulatory policy where special interests have captured or dominated the policy making process, twisting the rules for their own benefit and doing so in a way that slows down growth at the exact same time that it funnels income and wealth.  So right now, the US economy is suffering this double whammy of slow growth and high inequality and we’ve identified a bunch of policies that are actively contributing to both; which means the good news is we’ve identified ideas that could kill two birds with one stone. The tax bill does very well in my opinion for the people at the top. We’ll see how his base reacts to policy. Some of them seem to not be interested in policy one way or another: They’re interested in the show where a culture warrior is standing up against the people they don’t like and who they feel despise them,” he added referring to the President.


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'The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee'

December 4, 2017

“I worked closely with Sally Quinn. She trusted me and that was the biggest thing for me, having Sally’s trust,” director, producer John Maggio told Hollywood on the Potomac about his HBO Documentary on her late husband. The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee premiered at The Newseum in Washington, DC and airs on December 4th, 8 PM on HBO. “Everybody across the board from Kissinger to Woodward and Bernstein to Brokaw really wanted to partake in the film. They wanted to tell not just the little Ben chestnuts, but the real Ben story.” It has been nominated by The Producers Guild of America for its top documentary award and couldn’t be a more timely backdrop to today’s distrust and slamming of the press. “Ben was, at the end of the day, a newspaper man,” said HBO CEO Richard Plepler, “and I can’t think of a better maxim that he would embrace than the maxim of today’s Washington Post, which is ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness.’  Nobody understood that more viscerally than he did.”

“Ben hated lying,” Sally told us. “It drove him crazy. I think that the most important thing about this film is how important the truth is. And I think that the takeaway from this film is that it is the lie that is the enemy of the people, and not the journalists who expose it.  Although he used to say we print lies every day because people lie to us, he also said that the truth will emerge.”


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Alexandra Gravas

November 27, 2017

Written by guest contributor Dimitrios Machairidis

 

“Indescribable! Singing in the Roman Agora opposite the Acropolis, I could not believe how blessed I was, honestly. The magic of thousands of years of history at the foot of the Acropolis in Athens is unique. The music was becoming eternal like the ancient marbles surrounding us,”  Mezzo Soprano Alexandra Gravas told Hollywood on the Potomac about her concert in the Roman Agora of Athens, Greece inaugurating her world tour of the United States, Poland and other countries across the world.

 

“With pianist Petros Bouras we were invited for a second time by the Hellenic Department of the University of Georgia, in Atlanta, to perform in the ‘Florence Kopleff Recital Hall’ a concert with songs ranging from Greece, America, Mexico, China, Lebanon and Germany, all under the umbrella of love,” she added. Alexandra Gravas belongs to the new generation of Greek singers who very successfully combine the western traditional and classical singing with their Greek musical roots. Born and raised in Germany, Alexandra never forgot her Greek roots. On the contrary, Alexandra as a child adored singing Greek songs together with her yiayia, her grandmother.


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