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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:01 AM

Krugman: Poles Apart

Poles Apart

So on the third leg of his foreign tour, (Mr. Bean) Mitt Romney lavished praise on the Polish economy. It wasnít quite as big a blooper as his praise for Israelís single-payer-plus-price controls health care system, but it wasnít good.

For one thing, Poland has substantially bigger government than the US; in 2007, that is, pre-crisis, the Polish government spent 42 percent of GDP, compared with 37 in the United States. And despite what Romney claimed, there was no obvious trend toward smaller government; Polish spending as a share of GDP was about the same in 2007 as it had been in 2000...and universal health care too.

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So actually Polandís success suggests that (a) big government isnít so bad (b) sometimes its good to debase your currency.

Doesnít anyone tell Romney to do his homework?

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/poles-apart-2/


Edited to add:

Maybe Europe's not so bad after all?
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021055983

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:12 AM

1. I have three questions about Lech Walesa...

Is he suffering from dementia?

Didn't he say he was going to support OCCUPY before he changed his mind? http://thinkprogress.org/special/2011/10/13/343252/former-polish-president-and-solidarity-president-lech-walesa-backs-occupy-wall-street/

Does he have a problem with black people?


For the life of me I cannot understand why that guy would endorse and pose, grinning like a fool, with a One Percenter, Anti-Worker asshole like RMoney--unless he was paid off, or something.

How can a guy who said he supported Occupy/The Ninety Nine Percent/worker rights be put in a position where he appears to be kissing the ass of a One Percenter?

I hate to suspect racial prejudice...but what else, save a Big rMoney payday, makes sense??????

I would like to see someone interview old Lech, and call him to account about this anti-people, anti-worker "endorsement."

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Response to MADem (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 11:30 AM

2. One has to wonder. n/t



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Response to ProSense (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 11:59 AM

3. Like I said, I really hope someone asks the old bastard. What a horrible legacy for him.

Like it or not, we often remember people for the last--or the WORST--thing they did.

Ask Pierre Salinger's ghost....he even ended up having a syndrome named after him!

http://www.wordspy.com/words/PierreSalingersyndrome.asp

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Response to MADem (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:10 PM

4. IIRC, Walesa is a very right-wing catholic.

Which would account for his foolish remarks seemingly endorsing the Mittwit.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 04:56 PM

5. Well, if his enthusiasm for Catholicism trumps his enthusiasm for worker rights, then that's a

good legacy ruined. He's become a caricature.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:01 PM

6. He's a CEO. He has people to do homework.

Unfortunately for them, quality control is only as good as the guy at the top makes it.

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Response to JHB (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:14 PM

7. Shit, he outsources the gay kids haircuts now, too.

 

Willard had gone nearly 40 years without anyone having the guts to say "No" to anything he wants.

He's not dealing well with his pResidential run. It was supposed to be a cakewalk, something he deserved to have.

Sorry Mittens, but we're fond of the dude we've got.

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