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Charles Murray Was Just Putting it Out There

When House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) cited the work of Charles Murray, author of The Bell Curve, while denouncing the shiftless lazy men of the inner city, it brought fresh scrutiny to the idea itself and the work … Continue reading
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Quote of the Day

Indeed, race is the Rosetta Stone that makes sense of many otherwise incomprehensible aspects of U.S. politics. -Paul Krugman on That Old-Time Dogwhistle This may be the most poignant and relevant thing Krugman has written in quite some time. Calling … Continue reading
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Krugman: “Madness Of The GOP The Central Issue Of Our Time”

Commenting on the ‘drama-filled months’ ahead– sure to include Republican party threats of government shutdowns, debt default, and political violence without precedent in modern American times– Paul Krugman tries to refocus our national priorities, writing that “The madness of the … Continue reading
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Joe Scarborough Is Out Of His Depth

After Paul Krugman appeared on Morning Joe a couple weeks ago and schooled everyone at the table on the absurdity of imposing intellectually-violent austerity on the American economy and social safety net– just to save the national debt immediately! immediately! … Continue reading
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Sorry, Rand Paul, the President Has Reduced the Size of Government

Rand Paul tried to get away with the “Obama has grown the size of government” lie on national television, with Paul Krugman seated across the table from him. Smart! PAUL: The thing I don’t understand is that your arguing that … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

[W]hat the whole Beltway media crowd has done – is to slot Ryan into a role someone is supposed to be playing in their political play, that of the thoughtful, serious conservative wonk. In reality, Ryan is nothing like that; … Continue reading

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Reagan the Keynesian

Paul Krugman is right on the mark with this: “If you actually look at the actual track record of government spending, government employment, Reagan is the Keynesian and Obama — mostly because of political constraints, although a little bit of … Continue reading

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Is Obama the Least Liberal Dem President?

Not a chance in hell. I have serious problems with this study by Keith Poole and taken at face value by Paul Krugman indicating that President Obama is the least liberal Democratic president in nearly a century. For the sake … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“Modern conservatism is actually a deeply radical movement, one that is hostile to the kind of society we’ve had for the past three generations — that is, a society that, acting through the government, tries to mitigate some of the … Continue reading

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The Ghost of 1937

It continues to haunt the economy, thanks to the austerity of the Republicans. Paul Krugman: Between Friday’s US job report and today’s economic news from the rest of the world, it’s hard to avoid the sense that things are going … Continue reading

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Corporate America’s Pile Of Cash

Paul Krugman on the idea of a “Tax Holiday” during which corporations can repatriate the cash piling up inside their overseas tax-dodging havens. So, what’s wrong with this, aside from the fact that any short-term gain in revenue will be … Continue reading

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Krugman and the Disillusioned Left

This item about angry progressives by Andrew Leonard is a must-read. Chez Pazienza reacts with a spot-on contrast between progressive icons Paul Krugman and Glenn Greenwald. One of my favorite things about Krugman is that, agree with his politics or … Continue reading

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George Will Thinks Trains are Socialist

Krugman, in a brilliant post, quotes Will’s views on trains: …the real reason for progressives’ passion for trains is their goal of diminishing Americans’ individualism in order to make them more amenable to collectivism. And now Paul Krugman provides… the … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“Some have asked if there aren’t conservative sites I read regularly. Well, no. I will read anything I’ve been informed about that’s either interesting or revealing; but I don’t know of any economics or politics sites on that side that … Continue reading

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Clear and Present Danger

Krugman: The clear and present danger to recovery, however, comes from politics — specifically, the demand from House Republicans that the government immediately slash spending on infant nutrition, disease control, clean water and more. Quite aside from their negative long-run … Continue reading

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Krugman Takes On Greenwald and FDL

CORRECTION: This is from January of 2010. I didn’t look at the date and and discovered it because Greenwald was debating @OTOOLEFAN about it on Twitter earlier today. Nevertheless, it’s worth repeating anyway. Paul Krugman rattled the firebagger hornet’s nest … Continue reading

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The Both Sides Meme Returns in Force

Paul Krugman debunks the Both Sides bullshit: Where’s that toxic rhetoric coming from? Let’s not make a false pretense of balance: it’s coming, overwhelmingly, from the right. It’s hard to imagine a Democratic member of Congress urging constituents to be … Continue reading

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Futility

Krugman on beating one’s head against a wall of tea bags: And if you point out that their arguments don’t add up, they fly into a rage. Try to explain that when debtors spend less, the economy will be depressed … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Flood

Krugman nails the consequences of Election Day 2010: This is going to be terrible. In fact, future historians will probably look back at the 2010 election as a catastrophe for America, one that condemned the nation to years of political … Continue reading

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Wars Make Deficits Okay

From Krugman’s column today, this surprised me: Consider Gallup polling from March 1938. Asked whether government spending should be increased to fight the slump, 63 percent of those polled said no. Asked whether it would be better to increase spending … Continue reading

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