Monday, 6/4/12, Public Square


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12 responses to “Monday, 6/4/12, Public Square

  1. Then the subject turned to the (Paul) Ryan plan, a plan that Romney and most Republicans cite as inspirational and almost gospel. Krugman had harsher words.

    KRUGMAN: Can I say, the Ryan plan — and I guess this is what counts as a personal attack — but it isn’t. It’s not an attack on the person; it’s an attack on the plan. The plan’s a fraud. The plan is a big bunch of tax cuts, some specified spending cuts, basically for poor people, and then a huge magic asterisk which is supposed to turn into a deficit reduction plan, but, in fact, if you look what’s actually in it, it’s a deficit-increasing plan.

    And so to say that — just tell the truth that there is really no plan there, neither from Ryan, nor from Governor Romney, is just the truth. That’s not — if that’s — if that’s being harsh and partisan, gosh, then I guess the truth is anti-bipartisanship.

  2. prairie pond

    Paul Krugman is the only economist today willing to say what needs to be said. I love the way he is no longer suffering these fools gladly. The problem is that too many low information voters, people with no clue about how the economy really works, and an ocean of misinformed fux news addicts are likely not to heed Krugman’s studied and wise advise.

    Economics is not a science of faith. It is a science of facts, numbers and research over time. But American voters likely will not let that stop them from their true believer votes regarding supply side, trickle down, and worship of the so called job creators. No amount of reasoning will convince them that if endless tax cuts and cuts in social programs haven’t brought prosperity by now, they never will.

    I grow increasingly worried that things are going to take a very bad turn for Obama’s re-election campaign this summer. Team Obama can’t seem to get a clear and convincing message out there other than “republicans bad,” with which I agree. But that’s not a great election message. And the repukes are succeeding in ratphucking the economy with their obstructionist tactics.

    I don’t know if I want November to come quickly or not at all!

  3. We could look at a ‘what if.’

    ‘What if’ Romney is elected president?

    Soon there will be more and more people suffering, and there could be strength in numbers. Let’s stick together. We may need friends and shared resources more than we can imagine or predict.

  4. ‘What if’ Romney became president?

    America would no longer be the super power everyone turns to for help. Do you think there will be a super power willing to help when America needs it? I doubt it, because I see no country — just a collection of wealthy people — being the super power. We already know they care about nothing but themselves and the almighty dollar.

    Will the wealthy eat each other? I think so. There will be no one to add to their wealth except one another.

  5. prairie pond

    That graphic reminds me of something E.J. Dionne said about how republicans believe giving the rich more makes them work harder, but giving the poor more makes them lazy.

    WTF? Only in wingnuttia…

    • G-STIR

      Have them give it to me and I’ll promise to work VERY HARD at beng lazy.

    • The exact quote (although you were 99.9% correct) —

      “Forgive me for noting that conservatives seem to believe that the rich will work harder if we give them more, and the poor will work harder if we give them less.” — E.J. Dionne Jr.

      • prairie pond

        Thanks, fnord. I read that this morning but couldn’t find it again for a direct quote. I’m no always a Dionne fan, but I thought that statement was brilliant.

  6. Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment guarantees all American women the right to vote.