Paul Krugman seldom misses a non-breaking curve ball, but he really slams the 08-30-09 editoral by the same name as this post into the upper decks. Nixon a saint? Well not exactly, but he did govern at a time when seeking biparisan support was not a capital offense.
As Krugman points out Nixon proposed “health care reform that looks a lot like Democratic proposals today.” Nixon recommended tighter regulation of insurers. As Krugman states “no illusions there about the magic of the marketplace solves all problems.”
Krugman misses the day when insane right wing factions had less control over the GOP and national debate. Ultimately Krugman believes the massive control corporate interests now exert on Washington makes reasonable change in policy nearly impossible. Surprise, surpise — it’s all about the money.
As a parting note, Krugman says “turning this country around is going to take years of siege warfare against deeply entrenched interests, defending a deeply dysfunctional political system.”
Is it as bad as he says? Read more here.