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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:52 AM

Flim-Flam Fever - by Paul Krugman: "are they willing to concede, at long last, that he’s a clown?"

March 21, 2012, 8:13 AM
Flim-Flam Fever

Way back in 2010 I declared that Paul Ryan — who was rapidly becoming the darling of the “fiscal responsibility” crowd — was a fraud, a flim-flam man. Very Serious People were very seriously annoyed — they’d anointed him, and they didn’t want to hear anything negative. They even gave him a “Fiscy”, an award for fiscal responsibility.

So I wonder: are they willing to concede, at long last, that he’s a clown?

His latest budget proposal has received some harsh critiques. It calls for huge tax cuts, supposedly offset by closing loopholes and ending tax expenditures — except that in a long report he fails to name a single tax expenditure that he would cut. It assumes drastic cuts in discretionary spending, basically eliminating everything except defense. And over the medium term, of course, it’s a plan to savage the poor while giving big tax breaks to the rich.

So actually two questions: are people finally willing to concede that Ryan is not now and has never been remotely serious? And — I know this is probably far too much to ask — are they going to do a bit of soul-searching over how they got snookered by this obvious charlatan?

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/21/flim-flam-fever/

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kpete Mar 2012 OP
Enrique Mar 2012 #1
freshwest Mar 2012 #2
GETPLANING Mar 2012 #3
bluesbassman Mar 2012 #4
LongTomH Mar 2012 #6
marble falls Mar 2012 #5

Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 12:33 PM

1. the good thing is that Krugman can back it up

Krugman has laid it down: Paul Ryan is a clown. Pretty strong stuff, what are the Republicans going to do? If they get into it with Krugman he's going to get into it with them and he's going to come out on top. So what they'll do is ignore it, which also looks bad. Krugman called you guys clowns and you're not saying anything about it?

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Response to Enrique (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 12:49 PM

2. +1

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 01:05 PM

3. Ryan voted for everything that is causing the budget deficit.

The Bush Tax Cuts.
Extending the Bush Tax Cuts.
The war in Afghanistan.
The war in Iraq.
Medicare Part D.
No Child Left Behind.
Increased budget for the Pentagon.
TARP.
The Auto Bailout. (Which was actually a good idea, not perfect, but it worked)

What makes anone think this guy has any credibility at all on fiscal responsibility?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 01:09 PM

4. Clowns make me laugh, Ryan makes me sick.

Poster boy for every single thing that's wrong with the GOP.

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Response to bluesbassman (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 02:44 PM

6. A lot of people are frightened by clowns!

Remember the evil clown in Stephen King's It

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 02:19 PM

5. You've convinced me, Ryan is clown.

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