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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Paul Krugman, "Delusions of Failure": Yup, Obamacare Has All the Potential of Occupy Wall Street

"Occupy Wall Street is starting to look like an important event that might even eventually be seen as a turning point.

. . . .

It’s clear what kinds of things the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators want, and it’s really the job of policy intellectuals and politicians to fill in the details."


- Paul Krugman, "Confronting the Malefactors" (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/07/opinion/krugman-confronting-the-malefactors.html), October 2011

Do you remember "Occupy Wall Street"? Do you remember how Krugman suggested that OWS would prove a "turning point" in a populist war against American financial institutions? Is there anyone more delusional than this Nobelist?

Well, Krugman is now defending Obama's State of the Union address in his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Delusions of Failure" (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/03/opinion/krugman-delusions-of-failure.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=0). Needless to say, no mention by Krugman of how Obama told a shameless lie concerning a purported foreign policy success during his SOTU last week:

"American diplomacy, backed by the threat of force, is why Syria’s chemical weapons are being eliminated, and we will continue to work with the international community to usher in the future the Syrian people deserve – a future free of dictatorship, terror and fear."

Obama, of course, was obfuscating the truth. As reported by Reuters in an article entitled "U.S. accuses Syria of stalling on chemical arms handover" by Lesley Wroughton and Matt Spetalnick(http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/30/us-syria-crisis-chemical-idUSBREA0S19720140130):

"The United States on Thursday accused Syria of dragging its feet on giving up its chemical arms, putting at risk a deal to remove such weapons of mass destruction from the country as it splits apart in a chaotic civil war.

President Barack Obama this week touted the chemical weapons agreement as one of the few U.S. diplomatic achievements on Syria, but the State Department said just 4 percent of Syria's deadliest chemical agents has been shipped out of the country for destruction at sea.

The United States has few good choices to force President Bashar al-Assad to comply."

And now we are learning that Syrian mass murderer Assad (John Kerry's "dear friend") is moving his chemical weapons stockpiles to "Alawite enclaves on the western coast of Syria" (see: http://www.jpost.com/Home/Assad-armed-to-the-teeth-stockpiling-weapons-of-mass-destruction-340081).

Needless to say, no one in the Obama administration is now asking why we should trust Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei to uphold his end of the "bargain" involving the purported agreement (never disclosed to the American public) with Obama to "dismantle" (Iran is already saying that nothing is to be "dismantled") Iran's nuclear weapons development program, when Assad, Iran's surrogate, is openly flouting his obligation to destroy his chemical weapons stockpile.

Yes, I know, Krugman isn't interested in foreign policy and would only have us consider Obamacare. Krugman writes:

"Everyone knows about the disastrous rollout, but that was months ago. Since then, health reform has been steadily making up lost ground."

"Steadily making up lost ground"? Yeah, right. As now being reported in a Washington Post article entitled "HealthCare.gov can’t handle appeals of enrollment errors" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/healthcaregov-cant-handle-appeals-of-enrollment-errors/2014/02/02/bbf5280c-89e2-11e3-916e-e01534b1e132_story.html?hpid=z1) by Amy Goldstein:

"Tens of thousands of people who discovered that HealthCare.gov made mistakes as they were signing up for a health plan are confronting a new roadblock: The government cannot yet fix the errors.

Roughly 22,000 Americans have filed appeals with the government to try to get mistakes corrected, according to internal government data obtained by The Washington Post. They contend that the computer system for the new federal online marketplace charged them too much for health insurance, steered them into the wrong insurance program or denied them coverage entirely.

For now, the appeals are sitting, untouched, inside a government computer."

Now how's that for steady progress? Obamacare is plainly showing all the cogency and staying power of OWS. Atta boy, Paul! You tell 'em!

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