Quotes of the day

posted at 9:30 pm on August 7, 2010 by Allahpundit

[It]t’s the audacity of dopes. Mr. Ryan isn’t offering fresh food for thought; he’s serving up leftovers from the 1990s, drenched in flimflam sauce. …

So why have so many in Washington, especially in the news media, been taken in by this flimflam? It’s not just inability to do the math, although that’s part of it. There’s also the unwillingness of self-styled centrists to face up to the realities of the modern Republican Party; they want to pretend, in the teeth of overwhelming evidence, that there are still people in the G.O.P. making sense. And last but not least, there’s deference to power — the G.O.P. is a resurgent political force, so one mustn’t point out that its intellectual heroes have no clothes.

But they don’t. The Ryan plan is a fraud that makes no useful contribution to the debate over America’s fiscal future.

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Forecasting the vagaries of the economy five or 10 years in advance is incredibly difficult; most projections are bound to be off, and quality analysts doing quality work will inevitably disagree about what our economic future holds. But it seems to me that the people who are worth listening to are those who engage in thoughtful dialogue with the opposition, who accept that the future—as well as any projection that claims to predict it—is uncertain, and who agree to change plans accordingly. This is exactly what Ryan has done.

Krugman, meanwhile, is grumbling that Ryan’s plan “makes no useful contribution to the debate over America’s fiscal future” while moaning that the $787 billion deficit-funded stimulus was too small and asking for another round of deficit spending. Gotcha. Please pass the flimflam sauce?

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By dismissing credible proposals as “flimflam,” critics such as Krugman contribute nothing to the debate. Standing on the sidelines shouting “boo” amounts to condemning our people to a future of managed decline. Absent serious reform, spending on entitlement programs and interest on government debt will consume more and more of the federal budget, resulting in falling standards of living and higher taxes as we try to sustain an ever larger social welfare state.

The American people deserve a serious and civil discussion about how to reduce our exploding debt and deficit. By relying on ad-hominem attacks and discredited claims, Krugman and others are missing an opportunity to contribute to this discussion and are only polarizing and paralyzing attempts to solve our nation’s fiscal problems.

I reject the notion that these problems are too big or too difficult to tackle or that it is acceptable to leave future generations of Americans an inferior standard of living than we enjoy. The “Roadmap” shows that a European-style social welfare state is not inevitable, that it is not too late for our nation to choose a different path and that we can do so in a way that preserves our freedoms and traditions.

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Krugman your projection is showing. : ))

Angry Dumbo on August 8, 2010 at 8:05 AM

I think Krugman got some sand in his vajayjay this week.

what a maroon.

exsanguine on August 8, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Krugman has never been right about economics. I don’t know what his educational background is but it must have been very expensive. He should ask for his money back. What a dope.

Jarhead68 on August 8, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Kruggles is about as credible as a pile of warm goat bleep. Even though he revels in NYCDC Cocktail party worship from the Progressive Ruling Class I’m wondering if big thinking Krugalicious might be a bit jealous that Ryan is getting too much attention?

No worries though the GOP isn’t serious about making the cuts to really role back the FedGov and wittle Kruggie you stlll get to whore yourself on the Sunday morning shows.

PappyD61 on August 8, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Deficit hawk versus deficits don’t matter. Krugman’s take on Keynes IS Obama’s economic policy and has been exposed. Like the Vulcans of the Bush administration began in fighting when the War On Terror became unpopular, Obama’s economic team will let the finger pointing begin in earnest. Sadly Krugman is reduced to name calling.

Ryan’s Roadmap could not get a stronger endorsement than full throated criticism from Paul Krugman. : ))

Angry Dumbo on August 8, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Tell ya what I’m gonna do….. I’m going to honor the sheer genius of Mr. Nobel winner by really reminding myself everyday what his talent and vast knowledge means to America.

Whenever I go out to tend to the goats in the pen and have to clean up there poop I’m going to not call it why I normally would I’m going to call it Kruggles!! As in “Mammy I gotta go clean up the pen….the Kruggles is really starting ta stink!”………..a single honor for you Paul Krugman……a Nobel AND a Goat pen reminder!!

PappyD61 on August 8, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Krugman’s the equivalent of the Molotov cocktail thrower who runs out of the mob to fling his mixture at police, and then dashes back in to the safety of his compatriots before he can be singled out and punished.

He already has cut back on the length of replies his comments section to prevent anyone from going into any detailed criticism of his allegations, and his body language whenever he actually has to do a live face-to-face on TV against any conservative with slightly more coherence than Basil Marceaux is the source of high comedy (he looks like he’s waiting for ABC security to drag George Will out of the studio when they’re on “This Week” at the same time, and his body language four years ago when he was on Tim Russert’s CNBC show with Bill O’Reilly indicated he was truly in fear for his life from the madman Irish wingnut in the other chair).

It would be fun to see the two Pauls go face to face on TV and debate Ryan’s economic plan, but by guess is Krugman won’t do it unless the deck is completely stacked, with a moderator he trusts is 100 percent in the tank for his position and will bail him out and/or co-attack Ryan through the entire program (which means if Ryan’s ready to go on “This Week” with Krugman and Christiane Amanpour while George Will’s locked in a broom closet, Mr. Nobel Prize winner will take that deal).

jon1979 on August 8, 2010 at 9:22 AM

I read Paul Ryan’s reply to Krugman this morning.

It is truly refreshing to see someone publicly tell Krugman to merrily go shove it where the sun shines not.

pilamaye on August 8, 2010 at 9:27 AM

This article from 2002 tells you all you need to know about Krugman and his economic acumen: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/02/opinion/dubya-s-double-dip.html

Ann NY on August 8, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Just one off-topic comment about the music, to the early morning guys–Baxter, Dire Straits, and John–that was great music discussion…

John the Libertarian on August 8, 2010 at 1:50 AM
I think my first child was conceived to this song…either that, or it was when we went to see David Bowie and Mott the Hoople in KC….

lovingmyUSA on August 8, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Ann NY on August 8, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Ann, that was great–I’m saving that for ammo…I have a few friends that I willtell them to read it, and use Krugman’s recent release to wipe their mouths off with….

lovingmyUSA on August 8, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Why do we need Liberal columnists like Krugman at all?

A computer could scan the DNC “script of the day” and regurgitate and publish it with various predictable spins (racist, heartless, obstructionist…etc.) with no human intervention of any kind under the various Liberal mastheads.

Come to think of it, has anybody actually seen a live Krugman recently?

landlines on August 8, 2010 at 12:58 PM

I’ve had it for over a year and have used it well. I’m hoping one of my liberal friends posts Krugman’s current article on facebook so I can post it there.

Ann NY on August 8, 2010 at 1:22 PM

“The Republicans have offered no new ideas, except the ones they offered, which are flimflams.”

Akzed on August 8, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Krugman’s the equivalent of the Molotov cocktail thrower jon1979 on August 8, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Better yet, he’s just the equivalent of Molotov.

Akzed on August 8, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Krugman is a runty, malignant little troll with nothing to offer but failed philosophy. The flimflam here is strictly from the current administration. A constant stream of lies, drivel and complete, intentional misrepresentation of realty. Look around.

LarryG on August 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

For the appropriate response to Krugman, got to the following site and scroll down to the article entitled “Krugman is an Hysterical Sissy”:

http://theburningplatform.com/

Hucklebuck on August 8, 2010 at 2:05 PM

It’s the audacity of dopes. Mr. Ryan isn’t offering fresh food for thought; he’s serving up leftovers from the 1990s…

Yes, there’s nothing as new and fresh as massive new taxes and spending from the Democrats.

RJL on August 8, 2010 at 2:23 PM

I can’t tell which parts of the post are other people’s quotes and which are AP’s actual thoughts .

Lothar on August 8, 2010 at 5:32 PM

The rest of us, and we are many, want to know why the $727 BILLION Stimulus failed (as promised by Obama & Democrats) to keep unemployment at 8%?

TN Mom on August 7, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Took a short jaunt up to New Mexico this last week for our extremely downsized vacation. I could not believe how many huge signs there were at almost every road and/or highway where construction was ongoing, boasting that the project was being paid for by “The Recovery and Reinvestment Act”. Most of this was simple maintenance on roads that needed to be repaved or widened. Wouldn’t this have been done anyway, without the costly signs?

Just saying, that stupid stimulus isn’t stimulating anything except a lot of people’s tempers.

Susanboo on August 9, 2010 at 1:51 AM

Is Krugman even relevant anymore???

capejasmine on August 9, 2010 at 10:14 AM

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