Jude Wanniski, supply-side pioneer and polemicist has died of a heart attack. As an adviser to Ronald Reagan, Wanniski designed the tax cuts that would make Reagan the darling of the right and ensure a long, historic economic boom.
A man gifted with a sharp intellect and prone to strong, controversial positions, Wanniski joined the anti-war front and published numerous "memos" attacking pundits and neocons for fomenting war.
I read him regularly back before September 11, 2001, but honestly, lost my taste for him as he seemed reflexively against any sort of US reprisal for the attacks. In particular, I found myself mystified with his swallowing of the sanctions canard and his romance with Louis Farrakhan. Also mystifying was his contention that, "If you get right down to it, the only reason U.S. troops are in Saudi Arabia is to protect Israel." No matter that the US was in Saudi Arabia to protect, uhm, Saudi Arabia. Further, he considered Yasser Arafat "a true peacemaker."
Wanniski was 69.