” …deficit fear-mongering has become a key part of Republican political strategy, doing double duty: it damages President Obamaâ€™s image even as it cripples his policy agenda. And if the hypocrisy is breathtaking â€” politicians who voted for budget-busting tax cuts posing as apostles of fiscal rectitude, politicians demonizing attempts to rein in Medicare costs one day (death panels!), then denouncing excessive government spending the next â€” well, what else is new?”
Paul has an interesting op-ed in the New York Times published yesterday.
The Politics of Spite
“So what did we learn from this moment? For one thing, we learned that the modern conservative movement, which dominates the modern Republican Party, has the emotional maturity of a bratty 13-year-old.”
Paul Robin Krugman is an American economist, liberal columnist and author. He is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, Centenary Professor at the London School of Economics, and an op-ed columnist for The New York Times. In 2008, Krugman won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his contributions to New Trade Theory and New Economic Geography.
More about Paul Krugman at wikipedia, here:
I am ashamed to admit that I have not read any of Paul’s books, as I’ve always come away with a good impression of his intellect after his appearances on the various political/news shows. Perhaps my reluctance stems from not wanting to make obvious how much I do not know, which reading his books may illustrate to me readily.
A couple of his books which I would like to read:
The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008
The Conscience of a Liberal
Fuzzy Math: The Essential Guide to the Bush Tax Plan