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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-05-07 09:21 AM
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Krugman takes on his own paper
http://thinkprogress.org/2007/12/05/krugman-takes-on-hi... /

Krugman takes on his own paper.

Paul Krugman writes on his NYT blog, I have a lot of problems with this Kit Seelye piece. Among his chief concerns is Seelyes description of the American Enterprise Institute as a nonpartisan group. Krugman writes, Is it really possible for a veteran reporter to believe that AEI is nonpartisan? Not even a qualifier, like right-leaning or free-market-oriented?

UPDATE: More on AEIs ideology here.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-05-07 09:22 AM
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1. Is that a breath of fresh air, there? Why, I do believe it is! nt
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Jim__ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-05-07 09:24 AM
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2. The American Enterprise Institute - a nonpartisan group.
Unbelievable.
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-05-07 09:24 AM
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3. Paul Krugman was on NPR's "Marketplace" about 2 weeks ago, promoting "free trade" and globalization.
To me, Paul Krugman is right leaning, at least with regard to trade.

So the sanctimony over who is "free-market-oriented" or not is a little ridiculous! :eyes:
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Larkspur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-05-07 09:36 AM
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6. Krugman favors global trade but I also heard him in an interview with Thom Hartmann..
that he is open to suggestions to changes in "free" trade. Unlike Bush, Cheney, and Thomas Friedman, Krugman is open to discussing improvements or alternatives to existing policies.
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-05-07 11:12 AM
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7. The irony here is that Krugman is defending Clinton's "force everyone to buy private insurance" plan
Edited on Wed Dec-05-07 11:14 AM by Romulox
This is precisely the sort of public mandate/private profit scheme that DLCers/Multinational corporations/Repubs favor.

So again, I must ask: who is he calling "right leaning"??? :silly:
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Larkspur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-05-07 01:48 PM
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8. Krugman's argument against Obama's no-mandate rule is that Obama penalizes
people who do get health insurance. Under Obama's scheme, those who do get health insurance will pay for those who don't. Either everyone or no one plays the health insurance game. If Obama doesn't want to enforce mandates, then he should champion single payer health insurance. This way there are no mandates because WE ALL Pay for healthcare via taxes.

I favor single payer health care, so I'm not enamored of any of the Big 3 healthcare plans.
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-05-07 02:23 PM
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10. No matter how you slice it, both plans are "Third Way" (read: for profit) hybrids
Edited on Wed Dec-05-07 02:24 PM by Romulox
It's just silly for Krugman to attempt to administer a ideological purity test (and accuse a group of being "right leaning", no less!), when he aligns himself with of the Clintonista/DLC/Third Way faction of the party with regard to economic issues.

"Free trade", support for globalization, and for-profit healthcare ain't exactly the stuff of firebrand lefty populism, after all! :rofl:
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-05-07 09:25 AM
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4. About time someone questioned that non-partisan label
Not just for AEI but every single time it is used in MSM non-partisan means rightwing conservative.

Nice to see someone of Krugman's caliber calling them on it.
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DFW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-05-07 09:27 AM
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5. I know a guy from AEI
His name is Norm Ornstein. He is known as the token sane person at the AEI.

I guess even those kind of places let one slip through the cracks every now and then.
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Elspeth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-05-07 02:19 PM
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9. Go Paul, Go!
:kick:
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