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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-20-10 12:20 PM
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20. Obama helped to empower bad ideas
Krugman writes:

President Obama, by contrast, has consistently tried to reach across the aisle by lending cover to right-wing myths. He has praised Reagan for restoring American dynamism (when was the last time you heard a Republican praising F.D.R.?), adopted G.O.P. rhetoric about the need for the government to tighten its belt even in the face of recession, offered symbolic freezes on spending and federal wages.

None of this stopped the right from denouncing him as a socialist. But it helped empower bad ideas, in ways that can do quite immediate harm. Right now Mr. Obama is hailing the tax-cut deal as a boost to the economy but Republicans are already talking about spending cuts that would offset any positive effects from the deal. And how effectively can he oppose these demands, when he himself has embraced the rhetoric of belt-tightening?
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  -Paul Krugman:When Zombies Win cal04  Dec-19-10 11:17 PM   #0 
  - Krugman is utterly brilliant.  snagglepuss   Dec-19-10 11:55 PM   #1 
  - Imagine Krugman as Treasury Sec & Elizabeth Warren as Fed Chairman  SoCalDem   Dec-20-10 05:56 AM   #6 
     - tallk about a Dream Team!!!!!!!!!!  BrklynLiberal   Dec-20-10 07:53 AM   #9 
  - "...the Republicans are already talking about spending cuts that would offset any positive effects  pacalo   Dec-20-10 12:38 AM   #2 
  - It will be more than SS and Medicare that we lose.  louis-t   Dec-20-10 02:22 PM   #21 
  - Great column.  applegrove   Dec-20-10 12:41 AM   #3 
  - the best sentence:  ibegurpard   Dec-20-10 03:18 AM   #4 
  - which is evidence that repubs and dems are not quite the "enemies" he suggests. nt  tomp   Dec-20-10 05:19 AM   #5 
  - Yep.  progressoid   Dec-20-10 05:43 PM   #30 
  - Recommended n/t  me b zola   Dec-20-10 06:16 AM   #7 
  - K&R n/t  myrna minx   Dec-20-10 06:21 AM   #8 
  - k&r  spanone   Dec-20-10 07:56 AM   #10 
  - Did anyone see Krugman's piece on Ron Paul:  ProSense   Dec-20-10 08:06 AM   #11 
  - BRAINS!!!  Odin2005   Dec-20-10 08:10 AM   #12 
  - Krugman spent the 90s as a "free trader" and globalization cheerleader. HE is a big part of "how".  Romulox   Dec-20-10 08:51 AM   #13 
  - I believe you're taking that statement out of context  Time for change   Dec-20-10 09:47 AM   #15 
     - +1  snagglepuss   Dec-20-10 10:53 AM   #17 
     - So...the entire book "Pop Internationalism" has been taken out of context?  Romulox   Dec-20-10 11:18 AM   #18 
     - Krugman's book "Pop Internationalism":  AlbertCat   Dec-20-10 05:35 PM   #28 
     - "Free Trade" is not a monolithic concept.  AlbertCat   Dec-20-10 05:30 PM   #26 
  - recommend  xchrom   Dec-20-10 09:45 AM   #14 
  - "We are an Empire now, we make our own reality".  Poboy   Dec-20-10 10:45 AM   #16 
  - Denny Hastert, is he looking for a job? Maybe we could hire him for Zombie Eatin' duty.  lonestarnot   Dec-20-10 11:49 AM   #19 
  - Obama helped to empower bad ideas  Martin Eden   Dec-20-10 12:20 PM   #20 
  - I, for one, am proud that our President resists purists like Krugman  MannyGoldstein   Dec-20-10 03:10 PM   #22 
  - Sheesh, indeed.  JEB   Dec-20-10 05:06 PM   #24 
  - Didn't you forget something?  martymar64   Dec-20-10 05:34 PM   #27 
  - Like a : sarcasm: ?  AlbertCat   Dec-20-10 05:40 PM   #29 
     - Not everyone is as perceptive as you and I  martymar64   Dec-20-10 05:55 PM   #31 
  - "The economy is strong"????  Sherman A1   Dec-20-10 07:28 PM   #33 
  - Kinda funny how the voters this year didnt agree with your assessment of a "strong" economy. You  rhett o rick   Dec-20-10 10:39 PM   #38 
  - the bullshitters serving the puppetmasters can say whatever they want  valerief   Dec-20-10 03:55 PM   #23 
  - K&R  highplainsdem   Dec-20-10 05:15 PM   #25 
  - the left allows 1000 coordinated radio stations to determine  certainot   Dec-20-10 07:08 PM   #32 
  - I need a translater. All I heard was "blah, blah, blah, Obama, blah, blah."  Major Hogwash   Dec-20-10 08:19 PM   #34 
  - Please point out where his analysis is wrong n/t  eridani   Dec-20-10 08:28 PM   #35 
  - Krugman - Predicted seven ...  relayerbob   Dec-20-10 09:22 PM   #36 
  - Americans seem to be the most easily and successfully propagandized  Crunchy Frog   Dec-20-10 09:58 PM   #37 

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