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Friday, October 26, 2012

Paul Krugman, "Pointing Toward Prosperity?": Krugman Shifts His Support to Romney . . . Not

Do you like experiments? Better yet, are you a betting person?

In his latest New York Times op-ed enitled "Pointing Toward Prosperity?" (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/26/opinion/krugman-pointing-toward-prosperity.html?ref=opinion), Paul Krugman begins:

"Mitt Romney has been barnstorming the country, telling voters that he has a five-point plan to restore prosperity. And some voters, . . . [for the sake of experimentation, forgive the omission of the word "alas"] seem to believe what he’s saying. So President Obama has now responded with his own plan, a little blue booklet [sounds a bit like a "little red book"] containing 27 policy proposals. How do these two plans stack up?"

So what do you think are the chances that Krugman, after engaging in cogent analysis, has shifted his support to Romney? Well, if you were to say that the chances are fairly close to zero, you would be . . . right, of course.

Krugman's very next sentence:

"Well, as I’ve said before, Mr. Romney’s 'plan' is a sham."

Obama's "little blue booklet"? Krugman tells us:

"Well, Mr. Obama’s booklet comes a lot closer to being an actual plan. . . . Mr. Obama calls for concrete steps like raising fuel efficiency standards . . . . Mr. Obama calls for specific things like a program to recruit math and science teachers and partnerships between businesses and community colleges.

So, is Mr. Obama offering an inspiring vision for economic recovery? No, he isn’t."

Raising fuel efficienty standards for 2025 model cars? Yup, that's real concrete. Partnerships between businesses and community colleges? Obama must be back to smoking weed.

Krugman's continues:

"So all that the administration feels able to offer are measures that would, one hopes, modestly accelerate the recovery already under way.

It’s disappointing, to be sure. But a slow job is better than a snow job."

"Measures that would, one hopes, modestly accelerate the recovery under way"? So that's why "Hope" has morphed into "Forward"? "A slow job is better than a snow job"? I'm not going to even touch that.

No, Krugman was not able to break away from his hyper-partisanship. Surprise, surprise, surprise.

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