Can Jewish Mysticism Fix the Deficit?

No. But New York Gov. David Patterson is giving it a shot anyway. He's wearing a kabbalah bracelet to ... um, make education cuts more popular?

In the past six months he's found himself under investigation, dumped his reelection bid as a result, and wrestled with the Legislature over the state budget.

So he's apparently trying his luck with the trendy talisman favored by followers of the mystical Jewish discipline. But unlike Madonna, Demi Moore and Britney Spears, Paterson is not yet one of the devoted, a spokesman said.

Read the full story at the New York Daily News.

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Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

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