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  •  His ideas are clearly not welcome in (6+ / 0-)

    the Obama circle, which is tragic for the country.

    If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On".

    by Oaktown Girl on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 10:41:03 AM PST

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    •  That's not how Krugman sees it (2+ / 0-)
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      ek hornbeck, cherish0708

      But I guess you know more of Obama's view of Krugman than Krugman does.

      Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

      by blue aardvark on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 10:50:07 AM PST

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      •  When has Obama listened to anything (1+ / 0-)
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        Krugman says, or any other credible economist for that matter?  He prefers Republicans over Democrats...he's made that clear.

        •  insofar as he believes in anything, (3+ / 0-)
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          pfiore8, praenomen, shigeru

          Obama believes in trickle-down economics, as do his advisors. They believe they can cut their way to prosperity.

          He may not believe in Milton Friedman, but he believes in the people who believe in Friedman, which is just as bad.

          Certainly he is using the threat of the sequestered cuts and a perpetual debt ceiling crisis as leverage to force the American people to acquiesce to cuts to the New Deal programs, in a textbook application of Friedman's Shock Doctrine, as Naomi Klein called it.

          He has pursued cuts to SS and Medicare with dogged tenacity--indeed, aside from vastly expanding the national security state and the power of the Unitary Executive, this may be the project he has been most committed to during his presidency.

          He isn't doing this out of malice; he simply thinks that the patient must be made to swallow the poison for his own good. Austerity will lead to economic growth--that's the belief of his advisors, and he's given them his full support.

          "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

          by limpidglass on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 11:10:41 AM PST

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          •  What? (0+ / 0-)
            They believe they can cut their way to prosperity.
            You talking about Obama? The dude who goes on and on and on about a "balanced approach", the need for revenue and not just cuts? The "we can't cut our way to prosperity" guy? (BTW that latteer quote, which is directly opposite to your assertion, is widely quoted on the the ol' innertubz - by largely RW sites. Apparently our side doesn't find it a noteworthy comment)

            "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

            by Catte Nappe on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 11:32:24 AM PST

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        •  Funny how someone who pays as much attention (1+ / 0-)
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          to politics as I do comes to a different conclusion than you do. Perhaps "made that clear" is less clear than you believe.

          Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

          by blue aardvark on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 11:13:49 AM PST

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      •  Well, here's what Krugman knows- (7+ / 0-)

        You know, for the record and stuff among people who can be bothered to look at what he actually wrote and consider him a reliable source on himself.

        You know, hippies.

        The Outside Man
        January 7, 2013, 8:46 am

        The New York Times isn’t just some newspaper somewhere, it’s the nation’s paper of record. As a result, being an op-ed columnist at the Times is a pretty big deal — one I’m immensely grateful to have been granted — and those who hold the position, if they know how to use it effectively, have a lot more influence on national debate than, say, most senators. Does anyone doubt that the White House pays attention to what I write?

        Now, officials inside the administration can of course have even more influence — but only if they’re good at a very different kind of game, that of persuading the president and his inner circle in behind-closed-doors discussion. And everything I know about myself says that I’m not very good at that game.

        By my reckoning, then, an administration job, no matter how senior, would actually reduce my influence, leaving me unable to say publicly what I really think and all too probably finding myself unable to make headway in internal debates.

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