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  •  Just to clarify... (4+ / 0-)
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    elwior, BradyB, psnyder, cslewis

    I meant 'doesn't pay the bills' as a comment on the corrupt nature of his employers, not as a comment about the worth of his work.

    The fact that he is given a platform to speak the truth is the mystery to me.

    Ownership has NO interest in educating the masses.


    The Fail will continue until actual torches and pitchforks are set in motion. - Pangolin@kunstler.com

    by No one gets out alive on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:51:21 PM PDT

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    •  That's (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, No one gets out alive

      what I knew you meant.

      The GOP can't win on ideas. They can only win by lying, cheating, and stealing. So they do.

      by psnyder on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 01:18:29 PM PDT

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    •  Krugman is given a platform to speak (0+ / 0-)

      because he constantly says what people want to hear.

      People don't want to hear that the United States is in poor financial health, is living far beyond its means, and has little chance of changing the direction in which our fiscal health is trending. People don't' want to hear that running trillion dollar deficits annually threatens the foundation of the US economy.

      People want to hear that the best way out of the current economic morass is higher taxes (but only on the wealthy) and a huge increase in government spending on everything "fun", from high speed trains & green jobs to earlier retirement for everyone and space stations on the moon.

      The medicine Krugman pitches tastes great and goes down easy. Doesn't make it true, doesn't mean it will actually solve the problems, but it does make for great talking points (lent extra gravity his Nobel prize of which we are frequently reminded) when trying to hand-wave away the severity of our fiscal ills.

      •  I'm guessing you didn't read the piece (2+ / 0-)
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        elwior, No one gets out alive

        What fiscal ills? Most of the current problems can be associated with the recession we're STILL in. It looks to get worse with shitty European markets and the sequester, too. Have you not noticed Europe is circling the toilet bowl? It has nothing to do with their welfare state programs, but everything to do with cutting services for the general public. for fucks sake, we should be worrying about employment, not the deficit.

    •  agreed - virtual tip (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, No one gets out alive

      Gotcha.

      I misunderstood your earlier comment.

      My apologies.

      The "extreme wing" of the Democratic Party is the wing that is hell-bent on protecting the banks and credit card companies. ~ Kos

      by ozsea1 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 03:19:58 PM PDT

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      •  No problem (0+ / 0-)

        I like to play the 'straight man' - perhaps too well sometimes.

        If I seem to say something outrageous, it's probably to illustrate the absurdity of it.


        The Fail will continue until actual torches and pitchforks are set in motion. - Pangolin@kunstler.com

        by No one gets out alive on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 05:02:43 PM PDT

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