Note To Matthew Yglesias: Say What?
I just disagree with it.
You say that, because you write a blog for an organization that has a definite point of view and you understand it without being told what it is, those who will be posting on TFT's blog -- Capital Exchange -- must, no doubt about it, absolutely, positively, be in a similar position. Therefore, TFT must reflect what Pete Peterson, who provided the initial funding for TFT, thinks and wants to happen.
Matthew, I get it: You don't like Pete Peterson, Peterson's politics, or Peterson's policies.
But...unlike the the situation you say you were/are in at The American Prospect, I have no idea what TFT wants other than good writing and my own thinking about the federal budget. I wouldn't have agreed to write for it had I thought otherwise and I will stop writing for it immediately if at any time someone tells me what they want me to say.
Yes, I've read all of Peterson's books about the budget and know where he's coming from. That didn't stop me from agreeing to post for Capital Exchange, I haven't given Peterson's ideas a thought in the two things I've posted so far (one already up, another coming next week), and I don't give a damn if I agree or disagree with what Peterson prefers.
FYI...When it comes to the budget I also read CBO reports, think tank white papers, and everything I can find on the subject.
The better question is, why doesn't the very, very broad political and ideological range of writers the TFT has recruited give you some reason to believe that the TFT wants to provide that same scope and breadth of thinking?
Finally, your statement "...the very notion that the country needs smart, capable people working at a well-financed Fiscal Times rather than a Poverty Times or an Infrastructure Investment Times or a Tax Cut Times or a Climate Times reflects Peterson’s distinctive and contestable worldview" is more than curious.
The fact that there is a new information source about fiscal issues does not automatically mean that there is a bias against the areas of federal spending or revenues you mention, or any areas at all. To the contrary, one of the ways the government will be more likely to cut taxes or increase spending is for the whole budget outlook to be considered and a serious fiscal policy put in place.
If you disagree with that we have a lot more to talk about.
All the best.