Paul Ryan: Paul Krugman’s a lazy dishonest hack, isn’t he?

posted at 8:58 pm on August 9, 2010 by Allahpundit

I’m paraphrasing. Very slightly.

Talking late this afternoon with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Republican congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin blasted New York Times columnist Paul Krugman for his “intellectualy lazy” attack on Ryan’s fiscal “Roadmap.” In his Friday column, Krugman called Ryan a “charlatan” and his plan to reform the welfare state and eliminate the debt a “fraud” that is “drenched in flimflam sauce.” Ryan responded to Krugman in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel over the weekend, and elaborated on his criticisms of Krugman this afternooon. Follow the link up top and read the Standard’s whole account of Ryan’s rebuttal to

“I realize he’s a columnist and not a journalist, yet he could have easily tried to have verified his claims with a phone call or an email,” Ryan said of Krugman. “Instead he went with his confusion and chose to impugn motives,” said Ryan, “which strikes me as a very intellectually lazy exercise or style.”

Krugman attacked Ryan for not having the Congressional Budget Office officially score how much revenue his Roadmap would generate. An analysis by the Tax Policy Center, a left-leaning Brookings/Urban Institute project, showed that Ryan’s tax reforms would not generate enough revenue to eliminate the deficit. But Ryan points out that it is not the CBO’s role to score revenue–it’s the job of the Joint Committee on Taxation.

You and I wouldn’t be expected to know that last factoid but a legislatively-minded economist would, which is why Megan McArdle was aghast that the Times’s resident Nobel-winner could have leveled a charge so dishonest in his op-ed broadside last week. Follow the link up top and read the Standard piece in full, as it’s a necessary gloss on Ryan’s op-ed counterattack on Krugman over the weekend. The only part I don’t get: Near the end, PR seems genuinely perplexed as to why he’s suddenly the target of such nasty personal attacks from PK. Isn’t the answer obvious? It’s the same reason why Chris Matthews went to such pains to make Ryan look unserious and why the DNC is now lumping him in with candidates like Sharron Angle in an attempt to make him seem kooky. According to the Narrative, today’s conservatives are a horde of feral, brainless bigots following whatever primitive impulses their political id generates. Ryan, being both soft-spoken and very intellectually serious about the unsustainability of entitlements, is both a threat to that narrative and to the welfare state itself. As such, frankly, he’s lucky he’s gotten off as easy as he has thus far. Potentially, he’s progressive public enemy number one.


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why yes.

rob verdi on August 9, 2010 at 9:01 PM

like the president.

rob verdi on August 9, 2010 at 9:01 PM

and the msm in general.

rob verdi on August 9, 2010 at 9:01 PM

I think Paul Fugman really picked the wrong person to go after.

cynccook on August 9, 2010 at 9:02 PM

The j-list brown shirts.

the_nile on August 9, 2010 at 9:02 PM

Paul Ryans Revenge!!!

canopfor on August 9, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Ryan, being both soft-spoken and very intellectually serious about the unsustainability of entitlements, is both a threat to that narrative and to the welfare state itself. As such, frankly, he’s lucky he’s gotten off as easy as he has thus far.

that’s a great characterization of Mr. Ryan, AP. spot on, I agree.

ted c on August 9, 2010 at 9:03 PM

rob verdi on August 9, 2010 at 9:01 PM

heh :)

cmsinaz on August 9, 2010 at 9:03 PM

which is why Megan McArdle was aghast

Yeah, but Megan is a tool…in the classic sense. She seems genuinly bewildered, 24/7 that the Democrats haven’t truly saved the world, as she predicted…before she voted for Obama. Geez.

The only part I don’t get: Near the end, PR seems genuinely perplexed as to why he’s suddenly the target of such nasty personal attacks from PK.

Some people suspect that people are shooting at them, but can’t prove with 100% certainty who is shooting at them, or if those shooting at them intend to kill them or just scare them away or are ‘playful’. PR has great ideas, but he’s already been inside the beltway too long if he doesn’t know who the enemy is yet.

AUINSC on August 9, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Krugman and a straitjacket — a match made in heaven.

GnuBreed on August 9, 2010 at 9:05 PM

I think Paul Fugman really picked the wrong person to go after.

cynccook on August 9, 2010 at 9:02 PM

The j-listers just try to fill the media pipeline with talking points now when the ship is sinking.

the_nile on August 9, 2010 at 9:05 PM

The j-listers just try to fill the media pipeline with talking points now when the ship is sinking.

the_nile on August 9, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Well, unluckily for them, Paul Ryan has been quietly preparing for this battle for a long time. I hope they bring it.

cynccook on August 9, 2010 at 9:07 PM

You go Paul Ryan.

gophergirl on August 9, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Ryan, being both soft-spoken and very intellectually serious about the unsustainability of entitlements, is both a threat to that narrative and to the welfare state itself. As such, frankly, he’s lucky he’s gotten off as easy as he has thus far.

If he gets more dangerous to the left, Joe McGinniss will move in next door.

Wethal on August 9, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Ryan/Christie 2012

txag92 on August 9, 2010 at 9:09 PM

Maybe Krugman was a little p*ssed off the way
Paul Ryan talked to Hopey/Changey,at Obama’s
Greet/Meet/Reaming of the Rupublicans!!
================================================

Rep. Paul Ryan Sets the Health Care Record Straight at the Health Care Reform Summit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JepTo-oFry8

canopfor on August 9, 2010 at 9:09 PM

Hopefully when the LSM attack on Paul Ryan gain traction the GOP will finally see that the LSM is the enemy and needs to be dealt with as such. So far the GOP elite think its just the candidate/person fault the LSM treats this way. It’s the angle’s the Hadley’s the Palin’s not a moderate like Ryan.

they thought they were safe now maybe even the moderates like Paul ryan will wake up to the enemy in our midst.

unseen on August 9, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Well, unluckily for them, Paul Ryan has been quietly preparing for this battle for a long time. I hope they bring it.

cynccook on August 9, 2010 at 9:07 PM

It would be nice if he could throw some headfakes at them.

the_nile on August 9, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Every day the Nobel prize seems to have less prestige.

Electrongod on August 9, 2010 at 9:10 PM

I certainly hope Paul Ryan didn’t roll his eyes.

Electrongod on August 9, 2010 at 9:11 PM

how does that saying go. first they came after the social conservatives but I wasn’t one so I did nothing next they came after the fiscal conservatives and I did nothing, then they came after the women conservatives and i did nothing now when they come after moderates there is no one to defend me….

unseen on August 9, 2010 at 9:12 PM

How dare you, sir!

Bishop on August 9, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Krugman is nothing but a hack.

tim c on August 9, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Ryan/Christie 2012

txag92 on August 9, 2010 at 9:09 PM

That would just be a whole lot of awesomeness. Could you imagine the debates.

gophergirl on August 9, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Krugmoron hates capitalists.

David in ATL on August 9, 2010 at 9:15 PM

tim c on August 9, 2010 at 9:14 PM

How can you make such a spurious claim, Sir! He did win the Nobel Prize in Obamanomics, after all.

AUINSC on August 9, 2010 at 9:15 PM

I’ve been telling people for a several months that Ryan will be a rising star in the GOP and, potentially, even a presidential candidate in 2012. For that, there is a target on his back from the msm.

Still, I think he’s very wise to their tactics and he seems pretty tough to boot (P90X)!

Logic on August 9, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Megan McArdle was aghast that the Times’s resident Nobel-winner could have leveled a charge so dishonest in his op-ed broadside last week.

Aghast? Has she never heard of Al Gore?

Tav on August 9, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Don’t just punch back twice as hard, kick ‘em once they’re down.

Dusty on August 9, 2010 at 9:17 PM

I like PR…but he needs to get away from the beltway GOP more. They are like a bunch of blind snipers…they know what to do if they can see the target…it’s just that they can’t see.

AUINSC on August 9, 2010 at 9:23 PM

I’m telling ya that Paul Ryan should be Speaker of the House when the Republicans regain control. He is savvy, feisty, and well-spoken. No idiot Dem or wishy-washy Republican would be able to counter him in a debate. He would leave the Sunday talking heads licking their wounds.

onlineanalyst on August 9, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Paulie Krugman finally lost a very intellectual fight on his NYT blog after 6 months of debate. He had his head handed to him by bloggers…bloggers…who had their numbers and sources and arguements lined up, rolled in and laid waste to Paulie’s manure. Even prior acolytes wondered out loud about making the wrong choice when “these guys just shred Paul”.

So he is hurting, y’know. Feeling a little short between the legs. That his little grenades aimed at Ryan are much more personal than factual is the formula…impeach the source, if you can, to impeach the message.

Paulie is a loser, if at least consistent. Romer made her academic chops debunking FDR’s New Deal, and then became the lead sheept for Junior’s version. Very good for her she is going back to academia, where 180 degree turns are excused. I feel sorry for Romer…she must wonder if people are listening to her and wondering was she lying about FDR or lying when in DC…or is she lying now?

Paulie Krugman is just a liar, fakir, idiot or climber, thinking his slavish devotion will get him a spot at the publich trough because Junior will notice his dutiful conduct.

Harry Schell on August 9, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Krugman is dumb as a rock. Only ignorant NYT readers think the man is intelligent. It’s a joke anyone takes the guy seriously.

Hummer53 on August 9, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Krugman is nothing but a hack.

tim c on August 9, 2010 at 9:14 PM

An insufferable hack is an insufferable hack, of course, of course
And no one can talk sense to an insufferable hack, of course
And especially, of course, if the insufferable hack is the lazy Paul Krugman

Go right to the source and ask the insufferable hack
He’ll give you the answer that deceivers will endorse
He’s always on a disemblers course
Talk to Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman just yakkity yaks an ad hominem streak and wastes your time of day
Does any rational person even believe anymore a thing he has to say?

An insufferable hack is an insufferable hack, of course, of course
And this one’ll talk in circles til his voice is hoarse
You never heard of a talking insufferable hack?

Well listen to this

He is Paul Krugman

Cheshire Cat on August 9, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Ryan better become familiar with the phrase “Alinskyed”. Very similar to being “Borked”.

GarandFan on August 9, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Krugman provides infinite humor for Taranto at WSJ’s “Best of the Web”.

onlineanalyst on August 9, 2010 at 9:33 PM


Ryan, being both soft-spoken and very intellectually serious about the unsustainability of entitlements, is both a threat to that narrative and to the welfare state itself. As such, frankly, he’s lucky he’s gotten off as easy as he has thus far. Potentially, he’s progressive public enemy number one.

Liberals Always Tell You Which Conservatives They Fear the Most

ujorge on August 9, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Without reading a single word of this I’ll go ahead and say Hell Yes…

Seriously, the guy has to have done something to warrant his current propaganda gig. The only thing that I’ve heard about him is his involvement with Enron.

Look at him…slap some chin pubes on Beavis and there ya go.

BigWyo on August 9, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Ryan, being both soft-spoken and very intellectually serious about the unsustainability of entitlements, is both a threat to that narrative and to the welfare state itself. As such, frankly, he’s lucky he’s gotten off as easy as he has thus far.

After the Aspen Festival where Barbra Streisand spoke so well of him publicly, it was only a matter of time before they went after him. Cannot have a Republican persuading anyone on the basis of their intellect, that would not fit the narrative.

txmomof6 on August 9, 2010 at 9:37 PM

The only part I don’t get: Near the end, PR seems genuinely perplexed as to why he’s suddenly the target of such nasty personal attacks from PK.

.
Debate tactic – first you show the your opponent’s facts are wrong; then when you are attacked personally you wait a bit pointing out the facts again, then you slam them on a personal level, that way everyone knows you are not making the debate personal but defending yourself.
.
You win the debate and garner sympathy.

LincolntheHun on August 9, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Ernesto please respond.

CWforFreedom on August 9, 2010 at 9:41 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JepTo-oFry8

canopfor on August 9, 2010 at 9:09 PM

That was really good. For all the …good it did.

That got Ryan the Fabled ‘President Pantload Fickle Finger of Oh I’m Just Scratching My Nose Salute’…..

BigWyo on August 9, 2010 at 9:43 PM

What would be really nice is if Repubs supported Ryan. The incompetant leadership is just waiting to throw him to the dogs.

patrick neid on August 9, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Near the end, PR seems genuinely perplexed as to why he’s suddenly the target of such nasty personal attacks from PK.

I admire Ryan, but I find this rather pathetic. At this point in our history, certainly in the last 10 years of American politics, for any conservative to be even remotely “perplexed” or ignorant over the habitual viciousness of the Left is sad. This really seems to me like a kind genetic defect, or lacuna of the consciousnessness, in conservatives. I’m encouraged at least that he’s striking back now. We have to do this with with relentless regularity. Palin’s swift and repeated beat-backs against Politifact is a good example. It’s the only hope.

rrpjr on August 9, 2010 at 9:44 PM

According to the Narrative, today’s conservatives are a horde of feral, brainless bigots following whatever primitive impulses their political id generates.

Not just today’s conservatives. This has been the Narrative for conservatives for as long as I can remember, which is a fairly long time.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on August 9, 2010 at 9:48 PM

I grow SLIGHTLY hopeful, with folks like Ryan, that perhaps conservatives have learned their lesson. They can not play the ‘above the fray’ game. They can not be ‘gentleman’ and let the lies and misrepresentations go. I think, maybe, there are signs that they’re ready to fight now. That would be a welcome change. That hasn’t happened in all my years watching. Since Watergate conservatives have conceded all highground and tried to be ‘the good guy’ whilst having the tar kicked out of them over and over.

WashingtonsWake on August 9, 2010 at 9:50 PM

rrpjr on August 9, 2010 at 9:44 PM

It almost sounds as if Ryan is trying to sympathetically understand Krugman…He probably does understand him perfectly but why offer up a fig leaf???

Hell with that….as Rush likes to say..’I’m not interested in getting along with these people, I want to destroy them…’

..or something along those lines….

BigWyo on August 9, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Attila, I think that’s pretty much what I’m saying too. That narrative – that sort of pansy whimpish stupidity has been branded on Republicans for the better part of the last 100 years. If they want to stand up and fight, they better do it now, because there is no time left on the clock.

WashingtonsWake on August 9, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Krugman provides infinite humor for Taranto at WSJ’s “Best of the Web”.

onlineanalyst on August 9, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Yeah. He calls him “former Enron adviso Paul Krugman”

BTW. Is anyone else having hang ups here at Hot Air? It even takes forever to scroll down the page. I’m using Firefox.

Vince on August 9, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Bookmark this:

Now, compare the high-debt states to the states shown in blue that voted for Obama—the linkage between debt and voting behavior is visually clear.

According to Moody’s, the average state per capita debt of the 28 Obama states is $1,728 while the average debt in the 22 McCain states is less than half, at $749

.

http://chuckdevore.com/2010/08/something-for-nothing-state-debt-and-the-2008-presidential-vote/

CWforFreedom on August 9, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Krugman provides infinite humor for Taranto at WSJ’s “Best of the Web”.

onlineanalyst on August 9, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Yeah. He calls him “former Enron advisor Paul Krugman”

BTW. Is anyone else having hang ups here at Hot Air? It even takes forever to scroll down the page. I’m using Firefox.

Vince on August 9, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Allah………….Sharron Angle knows more about economics than Krugman.

lilium on August 9, 2010 at 10:00 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JepTo-oFry8

canopfor on August 9, 2010 at 9:09 PM

For those that haven’t seen this…you should,,,,

They keep flashing to Obama…and he’s going ‘Is this guy speaking Austrian or what?’

And Biden’s doing a crossword puzzle or something…

BigWyo on August 9, 2010 at 10:00 PM

And now I have a double post after I corrected the first post.

Vince on August 9, 2010 at 10:00 PM

And now I have a double post after I corrected the first post.

Vince on August 9, 2010 at 10:00 PM

It’s okay; I usually have to read stuff twice before it makes sense to me these days!

cynccook on August 9, 2010 at 10:07 PM

We too often look the wrong way with swarthy yet effeminate douches like Krugman. The issue isn’t whether an otherwise successful professor of economics is in fact a lying, cheesy, partisan liberal hack, or whether the NY Times would fraudulently employ a lying, cheesy, partisan liberal hack as a supposed economic expert, or whether the Nobel committee would pay homage to a lying, cheesy, partisan liberal hack — of course these things are all true.

The sad and sort of shocking thing is that Princeton, long thought of as the finest academic institution in America, employs a lying, cheesy, partisan liberal hack as a distinguished professor and doctor of economics in their institution.

That is truly astonishing to me.

Jaibones on August 9, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Unfortunately, Ryan seems a bit naive about personal attacks. Krugman, ironically, illustrates what that recent Newsweek article on irrationality discussed, namely, that humans often resort to irrationality to win arguments; their aim isn’t truth, but victory. Kudos to Ryan for sticking to the content of the issue, and let’s hope he can steel his nerves as more attacks are made against him.

Bill Ramey on August 9, 2010 at 10:24 PM

I’m surprised no one on the Left has used the race card against Ryan yet.

itsnotaboutme on August 9, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Unfortunately, Ryan seems a bit naive about personal attacks.
Bill Ramey on August 9, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Your evidence…?

itsnotaboutme on August 9, 2010 at 10:28 PM

today’s conservatives are a horde of feral, brainless bigots following whatever primitive impulses their political id generates

I would like to club Democrats over the head and drive them from the water hole.

John the Libertarian on August 9, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Kruggie is cowardly weasel of a man. If Ryan were to accost him personally, he would wet himself.

d1carter on August 9, 2010 at 10:36 PM

I certainly hope Paul Ryan didn’t roll his eyes.

Electrongod on August 9, 2010 at 9:11 PM

I hope he winked. Anyway seeming to be genuinely perplexed doesn’t mean he is naive. He’s psyching Krugman out. He’s doing the “more in sorrow than in anger” bit. Describing the behavior with minute precision without being the least defensive, just sounding….concerned.

YehuditTX on August 9, 2010 at 10:45 PM

“according to the narrative…”

Remember, what they did/are doing to Palin they can do to any one of our candidates.

joeindc44 on August 9, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Paul Ryan is presidential material for sure.

Green Muse on August 9, 2010 at 11:21 PM

WE know and almost take for granted how vicious and awful the Let is toward Conservatives… When will the rest of the country figure this out and ster clear of them?

CCRWM on August 9, 2010 at 11:36 PM

A few years ago Krugman and Bill O’Reilly appeared together at some program that was on C-SPAN. They were sitting right next to each other. I thought Krugman was going to wet himself.

Really Right on August 9, 2010 at 11:42 PM

The lefty journos have had it out for Ryan since he pwned Obama at that phony health-care summit. And it really drives them nuts that he isn’t a bible-thumping, toothless, drooling redneck from the deep South (or Alaska).

rockmom on August 9, 2010 at 11:43 PM

which is why Megan McArdle was aghast that the Times’s resident Nobel-winner could have leveled a charge so dishonest in his op-ed broadside last week.

Megan McArdle should know by now that the left leaning media jack wagons are prone to openly and brazenly lying to distract from their short comings, defend Obama’s agenda, or if caught in a fact storm that they can’t or have no cogent arguments to counter with, will blatantly lie to try and marginalize the opposition’s delivery spokesperson. Its what they’ve sunk to as political operatives.

Its as bad as seeing someone you’ve known go from decent person to the scum of the earth drugged up junkie thief. Their fix (their team winning more power) is all they care about and they don’t have a second thought about doing the lowest of the lowly thing to get there.

44Magnum on August 10, 2010 at 12:06 AM

I like that Rep. Ryan believes this strongly in his vision for a fiscally responsible America — I do too — but he probably should avoid making this personal with Krugman. It debases his arguments. Besides, it’s not like anyone’s reading The New York Times anyway.

KGB on August 10, 2010 at 12:07 AM

why Chris Matthews went to such pains to make Ryan look unserious and why the DNC is now lumping him in with candidates like Sharron Angle in an attempt to make him seem kooky.

I’d take Angle’s kookiness over Reid’s treachery anyday.

Ryan…has his balls (cajones)to the wall.

My money’s on him.

Just need a new R moniker. Not REVERSE, how about RENEW.

God Bless America.

seesalrun on August 10, 2010 at 12:23 AM

.

http://chuckdevore.com/2010/08/something-for-nothing-state-debt-and-the-2008-presidential-vote/

CWforFreedom on August 9, 2010 at 9:59 PM

The average works out, but being from Iowa ($73.00) does not fit the mold.

IowaWoman on August 10, 2010 at 1:33 AM

Megan McArdle was the genius “Liberaltarian” who reflexively voted for Obama and has then has spent the last 18 months pretending to be aghast at his socialist behavior and duplicity.

Moron.

TexasJew on August 10, 2010 at 2:41 AM

TexasJew on August 10, 2010 at 2:41 AM

No true libertarian would have even hazarded even a passing fancy of a vote for that totalitarian.

John the Libertarian on August 10, 2010 at 4:42 AM

It would be fun to watch Ryan pick Krugman apart in a debate.

morganfrost on August 10, 2010 at 6:48 AM

Potentially, he’s progressive public enemy number one.

I like him already.

Dash on August 10, 2010 at 7:39 AM

Nothing is more of a threat to today’s Democrat than someone proud of their positions and ideas. That is just so unlike the Pu$$y in Chief, and we just can’t have that.

MNHawk on August 10, 2010 at 7:40 AM

From the Megan McArdle article:

I think it’s absolutely fair to point out that his Roadmap would be a heroic political sell, and would probably be watered down in ways that would seriously weaken it.

This brings to mind a certain NJ Governor who is now in the process of implementing what McArdle might call a heroic political sell.

Dash on August 10, 2010 at 7:45 AM

Ryan should challenge Krugman to a debate…time to make these pundits come out in the open and defend their positions, or continue to hide behind their monitors.
Every time one of the lazy critics lay into a conservative, they should challenge them to defend themselves publicly. Then humiliate them when they dodge the debate.
No one likes a person who just takes potshots, then doesn’t step up.
Time to go on the offensive with journalists.
The next should be Chris Matthews, Ryan should state “You don’t think my ideas are good, let’s have a debate and you defend what you say, I defend what I say”…either put up or shut up…

right2bright on August 10, 2010 at 8:02 AM

Paul Ryan is presidential material for sure.

Green Muse on August 9, 2010 at 11:21 PM

I would LOVE the chance to vote for him! We are in desperate need of him or someone very much like him in terms of being a grown up when it comes to things financial to sit in the Oval Office.

The GOP needs to pull their head out their collective arses and make the next election and the one after that all about the economy. They need to take a page out of Clinton and Carville’s book and focus on, “it’s the economy stupid!”

MJBrutus on August 10, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Who in the room won a Nobel Prize? I did said AlGore, Yassar Arafat, Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter and Paul Krugman.

What are they doing giving them away in CrackerJack boxes?

roux on August 10, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Paul, you left out elitist, and living off his wife’s fortune much as a certain senator from MA.

Kissmygrits on August 10, 2010 at 9:22 AM

I <3 Paul Ryan. Seriously, between guys like him and Chris Christie, I'm just about giddy with crushes.

CantCureStupid on August 10, 2010 at 9:51 AM

A Nobel prize winning communist economist

communist economist

none of them are wearing any cloths

one big elitist orgy

Sonosam on August 10, 2010 at 9:56 AM

As Paul Ryan grows in influence, look for the “Sarah Palin Treatment” to be applied to him.

RebeccaH on August 10, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Krugman attacked Ryan for not having the Congressional Budget Office officially score how much revenue his Roadmap would generate. An analysis by the Tax Policy Center, a left-leaning Brookings/Urban Institute project, showed that Ryan’s tax reforms would not generate enough revenue to eliminate the deficit

Well, perhaps not if you don’t also cut spending, which someplace like the Brookings Institute would never consider.

Monkeytoe on August 10, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Hasn’t Mr. Krugman reached retirement age yet?? I guess we’re just waiting for the 60′s generation to either die off or have a really long trip!!

mmcnamer1 on August 10, 2010 at 2:00 PM

“Potentially, he’s progressive public enemy number one.”

I agree with your assessment, Allah. PR and his financial acumen are a huge threat to the left. The good thing for Ryan is that more and more Americans are waking up to the dangers of the left’s economic policies. It’s not as if Ryan won’t have his defenders.

NebCon on August 10, 2010 at 5:16 PM