Flame war of the year: Estonian president unloads on Paul Krugman on Twitter

posted at 8:41 pm on June 6, 2012 by Allahpundit

Two words, my friends: Romney/Ilves. In reverse chronological order:

I know what you’re thinking — “y’all”? — but Foreign Policy seems convinced that it’s a bona fide account. In which case, two more words: Ilves/Romney?

Here’s the Krugman post that set him off, which I think you’ll find notably mild compared to Krugs’s sleazier demagogic excrescences. That post was in turn a Keynesian belch at this widely linked Global Post story describing how Estonia managed to kickstart rapid economic growth while the rest of Europe got sucked into a black hole. Three words: “Austerity, austerity, austerity.”

Sixteen months after it joined the struggling currency bloc, Estonia is booming. The economy grew 7.6 percent last year, five times the euro-zone average.

Estonia is the only euro-zone country with a budget surplus. National debt is just 6 percent of GDP, compared to 81 percent in virtuous Germany, or 165 percent in Greece…

Estonia’s achievement is all the more remarkable when you consider that it was one of the countries hardest hit by the global financial crisis. In 2008-2009, its economy shrank by 18 percent. That’s a bigger contraction than Greece has suffered over the past five years…

While spending cuts have triggered strikes, social unrest and the toppling of governments in countries from Ireland to Greece, Estonians have endured some of the harshest austerity measures with barely a murmur. They even re-elected the politicians that imposed them.

Decades spent under Soviet rule have apparently inured them to the tumult of recessions. If you want to see what real austerity looks like, check out the graphs Cato posted last month comparing spending in the UK, which, to hear Krugman types tell it, is supposedly in the grip of lunatic libertarian budget-slashing, to spending in the Baltic nations. Ilves himself addressed the imbalance in Europe in an essay published by the Hoover Institute in March:

[T]he inability or unwillingness of parts of the EU-17 to submit to agreed-upon rules will be defended by an appeal to the position that “our democracy cannot withstand the kind of austerity demanded of us.” The first shoots of this position we have already seen emerge. Yet let us be clear about what this means: Fiscally responsible countries will be asked to support fiscally profligate countries in the name of democracy

The bankrolling of Southern Europe has already and ever-increasingly threatened the fiscally responsible countries, the ones who have shown solidarity and voted to commit to bailing out those better off than we. Moreover, while much has been made of the change of governments in countries that broke the rules, far too little attention has been paid to what to my mind is a far more significant reverberation: the fall of a responsible, poor, new member state government coalition (in Slovakia) that made the hard choice and voted to support a country richer than it is, all for the sake of European solidarity…

The price of following the rules for a “poor” country like Estonia has been harsh. Yet if we subtract the fake wealth of the “rich,” the ones who today cannot pay their debts, who have borrowed their wealth, are they that much richer than we? If part of being European is playing by the rules, that is, following the rule of law, then how can “European Solidarity” ever take precedence over the rules?

Pretty nifty summary of why the eurozone’s headed for a crack-up. Looking forward to Krugman’s reply about how Estonia’s economy would actually be roaring ahead at 20 percent growth now if only they borrowed a few hundred billion from someone and got cracking on infrastructure improvements.


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If this is real, it is AWESOME.

cynccook on June 6, 2012 at 8:44 PM

finnaly

rob verdi on June 6, 2012 at 8:46 PM

“Don’t mess with me President Estonia! I know some space aliens who like to break knee caps!” – Paul Krugman before his meds

NotCoach on June 6, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Remember when Krugman said we should have a housing bubble?

Good times.

tetriskid on June 6, 2012 at 8:46 PM

The account is followed by the verified account of the Ambassador to Estonia and Ambassador to the Russian Federation, along with a handful of European journalists. It’s real.

amerpundit on June 6, 2012 at 8:47 PM

The reference to “Black Hole” could be taken …

Well…

Could be heard as being racist…

Electrongod on June 6, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I think I’m in love!

“I shot The Ferret…But, I swear it was in self-defence…” – Toomas Hendrik

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I know what you’re thinking — “y’all”?

Y’all nose in the air uppity yankees got a problem with that?

Folks who are comfortable with themselves don’t have a problem smart words that ain’t east-coast snotty.

cozmo on June 6, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Too bad Paul Krugman is to blind to ever look at this because like our President, Paul knows he the smartest man in the room.

Gracelynn on June 6, 2012 at 8:50 PM

The reference to “Black Hole” could be taken …

Well…

Could be heard as being racist…

Electrongod on June 6, 2012 at 8:47 PM

The Black Hole – Commissioner John Wiley Price

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc1zGRUPztc

VOTE DEMOCRAT TO MAKE FOOD AND SCIENCE POLITICALLY CORRECT AND COLOURBLIND!!!

“So if it’s ‘angel food cake,’ it’s white. If it’s ‘devil’s food cake,’ it’s black. If you’re the ‘black sheep of the family,’ then you gotta be bad, you know. ‘White sheep,’ you’re okay. You know?”

- John Wiley Price

Democrats, you can contribute to this civil food rights pioneer at his campaign website: http://www.johnwileyprice.com. You can also purchase his cookbooks: “Let My Brownies Go!” and “We Shall Overeat!”

Exit question, Mr Price: Is strawberry shortcake offensive to redheads?

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 8:51 PM

By the way, the reference to Columbia is that Ilves graduated from there. He’s American educated. Hence the command of English and English phrasing, too.

amerpundit on June 6, 2012 at 8:51 PM

From Krugman’s article:

So, a terrible — Depression-level — slump, followed by a significant but still incomplete recovery. Better than no recovery at all, obviously — but this is what passes for economic triumph?

You tell us, Kruggy. You’re claiming that Obama’s last few years are economic nirvana.

MadisonConservative on June 6, 2012 at 8:52 PM

The dude went to HS in Jersey and went to Columbia so he knows all about these Times buffoons.

JammieWearingFool on June 6, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Folks who are comfortable with themselves don’t have a problem smart words that ain’t east-coast snotty.

cozmo on June 6, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Yep.

MadisonConservative on June 6, 2012 at 8:53 PM

So not only do we have to try to discredit ‘austerity’ measures, we have to discredit any political entity that can in any way be interpreted as instituting them. Niiiiiiice.

So, a terrible — Depression-level — slump, followed by a significant but still incomplete recovery. Better than no recovery at all, obviously — but this is what passes for economic triumph?

I guess a “significant” recovery from a “Depression” just isn’t good enough if it fails to validate a massive government spending spree.

cynccook on June 6, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Isn’t Estonia one of the 57 states?

dirtseller on June 6, 2012 at 8:54 PM

comparing spending in the UK, which, to hear Krugman types tell it, is supposedly in the grip of lunatic libertarian budget-slashing

In The UK, “Austerity” Means Spending More Than The Socialists In Labour Did…And, Those Bastards Bankrupted The Country

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/05/in-uk-austerity-means-spending-more.html

M2RB: Pearl Jam

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Isn’t Estonia one of the 57 states?

dirtseller on June 6, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Not yet…
Still waiting for its long form birth certificate…

Electrongod on June 6, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Exit question, Mr Price: Is strawberry shortcake offensive to redheads?

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 8:51 PM

“Obama is offensive” – Redhead in the Unemployment line on cell phone..

Electrongod on June 6, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Utoh Bibi, someone is stealing your moves!

LawnGnomeFanFirst on June 6, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Good times! Good times!

Bmore on June 6, 2012 at 9:00 PM

This is hilarious.

tom daschle concerned on June 6, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I know what you’re thinking — “y’all”?

Y’all nose in the air uppity yankees got a problem with that?

Folks who are comfortable with themselves don’t have a problem smart words that ain’t east-coast snotty.

cozmo on June 6, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Maybe missing a word or two in the response, but +1000

msupertas on June 6, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Lol!

Krugman is probably on his leather sofa dealing with the vapors. His idol, TFGP told people to “get in their faces”, and someone finally did. It just back-fired.

One of those “unexpected” events.

Good job, Ilves. Good job.

This is so enjoyable.

BTW, does Krugman even know where Estonia is? He probably thought it was some pol from Rhode Island smacking him around.

Cody1991 on June 6, 2012 at 9:03 PM

cozmo on June 6, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Y’all got that right.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 6, 2012 at 9:05 PM

TFGP will soon declare war on Estonia.

Bishop on June 6, 2012 at 9:05 PM

I can’t find any place where Krugman called Estonia a “wasteland,” but he did call it a “desert.” http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/14/they-have-made-a-desert/

Close enough.

wte9 on June 6, 2012 at 9:07 PM

msupertas on June 6, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Geesh, so using two index fingers to type is so slow that they have to skip a word once in while to keep up with my brain.

Let me tell ya’, its much easier to figure out the missing word than trying to read what appears on the screen when I use all my fingers.

cozmo on June 6, 2012 at 9:08 PM

“Decades spent under Soviet rule have apparently inured them to the tumult of recessions” – AP

This.

When you’ve learned to live with little for decades, this past five years is a cake-walk.

Eastern Europeans have a lot to teach us, only our elite liberals don’t want to hear it. The truth hurts.

Thing is, it will set you free, afterwards. Adapted from a former President who actually knew a thing or two about confronting bureacratic/political corruption… James Garfield.

Logus on June 6, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Even if it isn’t real, I love this guy. But I hope it is real! Krugman is a patronizing POS.

MTF on June 6, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 8:47 PM

“I shot the ferret…but I did not shoot the peccary.”
Estonian/Cherokee Drinking Song

spiritof61 on June 6, 2012 at 9:17 PM

@EWErickson Everyone needs to follow @IlvesToomas and observe and savor the curb stomping he is delivering to Paul Krugman et al. It is marvelous.

Flora Duh on June 6, 2012 at 9:17 PM

east-coast snotty.

cozmo on June 6, 2012 at 8:48 PM

As a Southerner I have noticed with some curiosity and dismay that our manner of speech is co-opted while at the same time we receive regular beatings for being ignorant, redneck hicks.

If Ilves wants to say, “y’all”, that’s fine with me. Snotty East Coast types doing the same are irritating. They should confine themselves to saying, “yo!” and confine themselves to the ueber cool, prison gangsta culture that they applaud as “art.”

Cody1991 on June 6, 2012 at 9:18 PM

To put this in proper internet parlance: Kruggy, you just got pwned.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 6, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Y’all nose in the air uppity yankees got a problem with that?

Folks who are comfortable with themselves don’t have a problem smart words that ain’t east-coast snotty.

cozmo on June 6, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Don’t ya love it when people who use the term “youse guys” look down their noses at those of us who use the term y’all?

Flora Duh on June 6, 2012 at 9:23 PM

But he has no cred if he isn’t Preezy of the Esto-neezy.

J-Paul00 on June 6, 2012 at 9:24 PM

@EWErickson Everyone needs to follow @IlvesToomas and observe and savor the curb stomping he is delivering to Paul Krugman et al. It is marvelous.

Flora Duh on June 6, 2012 at 9:17 PM

LMFAO @ “curb stomping”. So mellifluous.

MadisonConservative on June 6, 2012 at 9:24 PM

I hate to go OT, but if you’ve got the stomach, the schadenfreude to be enjoyed — nay, embraced — by watching the Madd one on MSLSD is too rich and rife with irony to miss.

Oh teh humaniteh.

hillbillyjim on June 6, 2012 at 9:25 PM

His post from 2 hours ago linking his piece written back in March is the coup de grace.

http://www.hoover.org/publications/policy-review/article/111786

ButterflyDragon on June 6, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Flora Duh – Erick said “curb stomping”?! Ick. That just brings a very bad image to mind. Find another phrase dude. That one just comes off disgustingly violent.

One of the few times I came close to vomiting while watching a movie. That scene has forever stuck in my head.

Logus on June 6, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Flora Duh on June 6, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Annoying miniscule yankee twerps is what they are.

“youse guys” is so bunny suit beta…no self respecting leader of a country would ever use something so metro.

Y’all is cool.

cozmo on June 6, 2012 at 9:27 PM

hillbillyjim on June 6, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Sorry to double-post so soon, but it’s too funny:

Did anyone notice that The Ugly One over on MSLSD seems to have her beak out of alignment?

There’s an app for that.

hillbillyjim on June 6, 2012 at 9:27 PM

The Left has always been at war with Estonia…

HotAirian on June 6, 2012 at 9:28 PM

LMFAO @ “curb stomping”. So mellifluous.

MadisonConservative on June 6, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Oh yeah… that’s “sweet”.

Logus on June 6, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I just remembered that I had this article on Estonia on my blog. It is about the economic miracle and business-friendly environment that has transformed the country into a mecca for European entrepreneurs.

Skype and Sensibility: Estonia Lives the European Dream

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2011/10/skype-and-sensibility-estonia-lives.html

M2RB: It’s from last year and I was only doing M2RB on my articles. Sorry. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know and I’ll add it.

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Fiscally responsible countries will be asked to support fiscally profligate countries in the name of democracy

right…and

Fiscally responsible states will be asked to support fiscally profligate states in the name of democracy

and

Fiscally responsible people will be asked to support fiscally profligate people in the name of democracy

and the libs turn round and round in search of other people’s money…and they call themselves ‘good’

r keller on June 6, 2012 at 9:30 PM

So living within your means makes you better off in the long run and politicians that promise to do so and keep their promises get re-elected. This must be blowing Krugman’s mind.

Walker/Ilves 2016 or 2020.

talkingpoints on June 6, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Oh yeah… that’s “sweet”.

Logus on June 6, 2012 at 9:29 PM

You can’t deny that as a metaphor, it’s stellar.

MadisonConservative on June 6, 2012 at 9:31 PM

LMFAO @ “curb stomping”. So mellifluous.

MadisonConservative on June 6, 2012 at 9:24 PM

There are bazillions of adjectives that come to mind concerning the above subject, but “mellifluous” just cracks me up.

Home run, Maddie.

BTW, thanks to you, and the rest of the WI realists.

hillbillyjim on June 6, 2012 at 9:32 PM

@EWErickson Everyone needs to follow @IlvesToomas and observe and savor the curb stomping he is delivering to Paul Krugman et al. It is marvelous.

Flora Duh on June 6, 2012 at 9:17 PM

In: Curb-stomping

Out: Thrown under the bus

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 9:32 PM

demagogic excrescences.

that’s hot.

leftnomore on June 6, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Veronique de Rugy has been all over this austerity stuff. Of course, Krugman’s people can’t prove she’s wrong, so they mock her.

MeatHeadinCA on June 6, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Is Paul Krugman retarded?
I’m looking at the graph on Krugman post and thought it looked similar to the graph for the recession recovery graph (http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/maps_and_graphs/2011/05/26/RECESSION_CHART940.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2009/nov/25/gdp-uk-1948-growth-economy&h=609&w=940&sz=81&tbnid=gosdnmWRYL-bOM:&tbnh=81&tbnw=125&prev=/search%3Fq%3Drecession%2Bgdp%2Bgraph%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=recession+gdp+graph&usg=__bsMpDROCrRGSlaUCEd4X77v1Elo=&docid=GVs6nAV2xOzjXM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=mAPQT_yQAubQ2wWdvo2xDA&ved=0CGEQ9QEwAw&dur=634)

So in other words Estonia’s recovery has been similar as a percentage of GDP as the US without pissing away a huge amount of money. $5 trillion in our case.

burnitup on June 6, 2012 at 9:32 PM

oh and btw, looks like the Fed doves are up for some more ‘easing’…pretty soon they’ll just by stocks directly

r keller on June 6, 2012 at 9:33 PM

TFGP will soon declare war on Estonia.

Bishop on June 6, 2012 at 9:05 PM

…in other words…A STRONGLY WORDED LETTER!

KOOLAID2 on June 6, 2012 at 9:33 PM

BTW, thanks to you, and the rest of the WI realists.

hillbillyjim on June 6, 2012 at 9:32 PM

My thanks to you and the rest of America’s conservatives for helping make realism a reality in my home state.

MadisonConservative on June 6, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Meanwhile…

@sarahmcourtney: President @BarackObama has arrived at the Wilshire for LGBT fundraiser

Flora Duh on June 6, 2012 at 9:35 PM

@IlvesToomas: Chill. Just because my country’s policy runs against the Received Wisdom & I object doesn’t mean y’all gotta follow me. http://t.co/oab5TQ3q

Hmmm

MeatHeadinCA on June 6, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Estonia, is obviously such a backwater that they haven’t learned yet what a waste of time it is to pay any attention to that tool

lahlon on June 6, 2012 at 9:35 PM

…can we exchange California for Estonia?
…New York?

KOOLAID2 on June 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

He dropped a y’all. He’s alright by me.

txag92 on June 6, 2012 at 9:42 PM

In: Curb-stomping

Out: Thrown under the bus

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 9:32 PM

THX for your awesome 9:20 (I think) post last night.

Inspirational is a weak description of your particularly shock-and-awe-inspiring post. I’ve read it a dozen times since, and I was glad to see that some of my fellow commenters repeated your masterpiece on several following pages so the fast pace of the commenting would not lose your words of wisdom in the Fine Sea of Celebratory Awesomeness.

hillbillyjim on June 6, 2012 at 9:43 PM

“I shot the ferret…but I did not shoot the peccary.”
Estonian/Cherokee Drinking Song

spiritof61 on June 6, 2012 at 9:17 PM

LOL! I once wrote a post titled “I Shot The Ferret! Oh, Lord! But I Swear It Was In Self-Defence…Because He Was An Absolute Loon.”

M2RB: Eric Clapton

“Reflexes got the better of me
And what is to be must be.
Every day the bucket goes to the well,
But one day the bottom will drop out,
Yes, one day the bottom will drop out.
But I say:

I Shot The Ferret! Oh, Lord! But I Swear It Was In Self-Defence…Because He Was An Absolute Loon.”

You should see some of his prognostications:

“I have seen the future, and it works. O.K., I know that these days you’re supposed to see the future in China or India, not in the heart of “old Europe.”

– Paul Krugman, 19 May 2008

“Paul Krugman has predicted 8 out of the last none recessions under the Bush Administration.”

- Megan McArdle, 11 January 2008

“Compare me . . . compare me, uh, with anyone else, and I think you’ll see that my forecasting record is not great.”

- Paul Krugman

No shit, Sherlock.

He is the King of Failed Prognosticators.

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 9:43 PM

hillbillyjim on June 6, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Thanks. Did you mean the one about out-of-state money? If so, it is on my blog and you can use it, if you want should you be put in a position of having to debate a braindead liberal.

Progs’ Mouths Write A Cheque Their Asses Can’t Cash

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/progs-write-cheque-their-mouths-cant.html

M2RB: Eminem

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Also, y’all isn’t just Southern, it’s also become mainstream urban vernacular these days. cf. Tons of rap songs.

DavidW on June 6, 2012 at 9:49 PM

I think you’ll find notably mild compared to Krugs’s sleazier demagogic excrescences.

Glad to see you calling a turd a turd, AP. Push the inner eeyore aside and come out fighting.

It’s time.

Cody1991 on June 6, 2012 at 9:50 PM

M2RB: It’s from last year and I was only doing M2RB on my articles. Sorry. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know and I’ll add it.

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 9:30 PM

OK, I see this MR2B around here a lot. Not to be a dunce, but what does it mean?

UltimateBob on June 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Did you mean the one about out-of-state money?

That’s the one. Nice work.

Many valid points in one place. It seems to have flummoxed our poorly educated vermin that present themselves as trolls.

hillbillyjim on June 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

This makes me want to immediately fly to Estonia and buy one each of everything they make.

JohnTant on June 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I also enjoyed your link to the Soros piece, although it was a little longish.

That there is information that needs to be available to the masses of asses and everyone else.

hillbillyjim on June 6, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Seriously, the Pubs need to get him over here and onto some news cycles. Do some Sunday morning shows too. If Estonian can do it, but the Dems here won’t, the humiliating calculus is pretty clear. Red meat, indeed.

paul1149 on June 6, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Krugman is a SCOAMF too.

jukin3 on June 6, 2012 at 9:58 PM

OK, I see this MR2B around here a lot. Not to be a dunce, but what does it mean?

UltimateBob on June 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

.
Music To Read By
.
Now answer me this: what is TFGP?

ExpressoBold on June 6, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Flora Duh on June 6, 2012 at 9:23 PM

I say ‘youse guys’ when I’m around Chicagoans and “y’all” when I’m in Texas.
I’m bilingual.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 6, 2012 at 9:59 PM

President Ilves linked a very interesting article in his twitter.

(…)Just this past November, Jean-Claude Piris, formerly legal counsel of the European Council and a man frequently described as an architect of the eu, claimed in the Financial Times that at fault for all of the eu’s financial woes is the too rapid enlargement of Europe to include the formerly communist part. Therefore, he said, we need a two-speed Europe, “because the eu cannot afford to be cast as a symbol of austerity. It must offer a broader political project, capable of giving hope of a better future” (my italics).

In translation, if you didn’t get it: What we Easterners call not living beyond our means is not as important as putting on “offer a broader political project, capable of giving hope of a better future.” Don’t create real value, borrow instead; cook the books, lie to Eurostat, live off others’ frugality. It is justified in the name of a “better future.” This is the kind of talk we heard in Eastern Europe for fifty years. To justify oppressing their subjugated subjects and their own privileged lives, communists spoke constantly of the Radiant Future as a political project . . . capable of giving hope of a better future. This radiant future, this hope, alas, was always receding. It wasn’t the communists’ fault, though, that it didn’t arrive; it was the fault of communism’s “five enemies”: the four seasons, and international imperialism. Or saboteurs. Or bourgeois remnants. Following the same (il)logic, it is today we, the East Europeans, who are to blame for the borrowing policies of some older member states.(…)

Read the whole thing.
http://www.hoover.org/publications/policy-review/article/111786

joana on June 6, 2012 at 10:03 PM

OK, I see this MR2B around here a lot. Not to be a dunce, but what does it mean?

UltimateBob on June 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Music to read by. I try to match a song to the post or article…in some way. Often, they are obvious and dead on. At other times, there’s a snarkalicious relationship between the music and the topic. If you like mostly rock, then you’ll like the music. I’ve featured The Stones, The Who, The Sex Pistols, The Verve, Coldplay, The Beatles, The Doors, U2, Pearl Jam, Everclear, Poison, Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Sting, Genesis, Jimi Hendrix, Def Leppard, The Scorpions, Oingo Boingo, Alanis Morrisette, Taylor Swift, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Eminem, Rihanna, Nirvana, Korn, Simon & Garfunkel, Dave Matthews, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Ronnie James Dio, Guns’n Roses, Goo Goo Dolls, Metallica, and so many more than I can remember.

Enjoy!

Goodnight everyone!

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I’m bilingual.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 6, 2012 at 9:59 PM

You’re confused and bending to fit in.

cozmo on June 6, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Krugman is a SCOAMF too.

jukin3 on June 6, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Maybe, he ghostwrote Obama’s new book:

Pic of the Day: President SCoaMF’s New Bestseller

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/05/pic-of-day-president-scoamfs-new.html

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 10:06 PM

hillbillyjim on June 6, 2012 at 9:54 PM

It IS long that’s for sure. Did it bother you how I interspersed the quotes within the piece? Did it break up your train of thought? There were so many after I finished putting them in, I was afraid that they might interrupt the flow.

I have to go, but if you think that I should change it or have some ideas, leave me a comment on the article. I was torn and would like a second opinion.

All of “y’all” have a good night.

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Ok – The “Y’all” thing is because he was taught perfect English, maybe not well, but that was what he was taught. By “Perfect”, I simply mean – “Queens English”. You see, Estonia was a Soviet Republic. They spoke Russian and learned English from Russian books that were Pre-Revolution. In Pre-Revolution times, the Royal families of Engalnd and Russia were inter-married and all of the books on how to speak English were written at a time when the contraction of You and All was pronounced as “Y’all”. And that was considered “Proper” or “Queens English” at that time.

When I was a teenager I went to a museum in Washington and there was a “Soviet” group there, and they of course had thier own guides. All of them spoke English, which all of us in the group I was with thought was somewhat creepy. I remember one of the guides saying “Let’s make haste” in perfect, barely accented pronounciation and he clapped his hands and they were on their way. Who says “Lets make haste”? Well, no one, except someone who learned it from a book that was relevant in 1895.

I am sure that there is a lesson on socialism in there somewhere.

famous amos on June 6, 2012 at 10:10 PM

You’re confused and bending to fit in.

cozmo on June 6, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Y’all guys better take that back!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 6, 2012 at 10:16 PM

two more words: Ilves/Romney?

That’s more like it. This dude is b!tch-slapping Krugman like the nitwit little Keynesian b!tch that he is.

Jaibones on June 6, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Now answer me this: what is TFGP?

ExpressoBold on June 6, 2012 at 9:58 PM

The First Gay President.

RickB on June 6, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Remember when Krugman said we should have a housing bubble?

Good times.

tetriskid on June 6, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Remember when he stated:

My own back-of-the-envelope calculations say that the package should be huge, on the order of $600 billion.

So the question becomes, will the Obama people dare to propose something on that scale?

Good times.

strictnein on June 6, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Y’all guys better take that back!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 6, 2012 at 10:16 PM

You didn’t come through with the bunny suit.

cozmo on June 6, 2012 at 10:22 PM

TFGP
“The First Gay President”

I think he’s attending a BLT on Rye Fundraiser tonight. SCOAMF, and that goes double for FLOTUS.

spiritof61 on June 6, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Reminds me of Harold Macmillan’s (definitely snooty and possibly anti-Jewish) quip about Margaret Thatcher (“the greengrocer’s daughter”) and her meritocratic approach to government: that she had “more Estonians than Etonians.”

Tzetzes on June 6, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Isn’t Estonia one of the 57 states?

dirtseller on June 6, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Can we trade Massachusetts for them?

William Eaton on June 6, 2012 at 10:23 PM

The First Gay President.

RickB on June 6, 2012 at 10:21 PM
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TFGP
“The First Gay President”

spiritof61 on June 6, 2012 at 10:22 PM

.
Thank you!

ExpressoBold on June 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Let’s write about something we know nothing about and be smug, overbearing and patronizing; after all they’re just wogs.

That about sums it up for Krugman and his buddies in the lamestream media.

Christian Conservative on June 6, 2012 at 10:29 PM

You know, if we had true State’s Rights, many here would be able to do the same. But, alas, our ancestors as well as ourselves got too tangled up in the federal money briarpatch.

Durka-Durka on June 6, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Krugman is right… the graph in his posting does indeed show how a country which stopped borrowing recklessly has less cash on hand today than when they were borrowing recklessly.

That’s right… If you take more of something, you have more of something than if you didn’t take more…

I’ll just let that sink in…

How he turns this utterly worthless tautology into the exact SAME column at the NYT every week and gets his salad tossed by his erudite sycophants is a source of face-palming for actual economists everywhere.

CapnObvious on June 6, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Looking at his bio on a certain encyclopedia site I won’t name, it looks like President Ilves may have lived in the US longer than in Estonia, y’all.

Knott Buyinit on June 6, 2012 at 10:47 PM

“That’s Nobel Prize Winner Paul Krugman to you!”

crr6

Del Dolemonte on June 6, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Looking at his bio on a certain encyclopedia site I won’t name, it looks like President Ilves may have lived in the US longer than in Estonia, y’all.

Knott Buyinit on June 6, 2012 at 10:47 PM

In fact that means more of his K-12+ was in the USA than in little Bammie’s case. Interestinger.

slickwillie2001 on June 6, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Its too bad that the successful Euro don’t have the back bone to tell the free spenders to pound sand. Its also unfortunate that the slugs in America want more and more hand outs. It is entirely unfortunate that most of “conservative” dish*tskis here run around with your heads jammed in your aces with your religious drivel worrying your fat butts off about gays getting hitched. You idjits have your priorities so far out of whack you’ll never do anything meaningful in your fear filled useless lives. Damned religious fanatic weasels.

Your Mamma loves me on June 6, 2012 at 11:03 PM

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!

Nobel Prize now to be awarded for LUNACY.

First two nominees?

Krugman and Freidman. Two of the swarthy Ruling class.

I’ve got piles of Possum crap out behind the shed with more common sense than these two loons.

PappyD61 on June 6, 2012 at 11:03 PM

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