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Krugman: You know what would bring us out of this economic slump? An alien attack.

posted at 9:22 am on August 15, 2011 by

It’s hard to tell which is the bigger threat here: aliens, or that some people — in this case, Fareed Zakaria — think that paying people to dig ditches and then paying them to fill those ditches constitutes “productive” employment. (That may explain Obama’s economic programme, actually.) Why not just pay an army of men to build sand castles on the beach every morning? Might trick the aliens, too. For a while.

But I digress. Let’s throw it over to the folks who know better than us about planning, running and ruining economies.

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Actually, Prof. Krugman, the Sci-Fi T.V. show you are referencing is: The Outer Limits – The Architects of Fear.
But your wrong on so many things, why should this example be any different?

Atlas Five on August 15, 2011 at 9:43 AM

At this point I might really actually welcome our new alien overlords, assuming weren’t bent on our destruction.

I know this much: if I see a flying saucer I’m gonna hold up a sign saying “TAKE ME WITH YOU.”

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 15, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Sure, an alien invasion could help us economically. Especially if they wiped the District of Columbia, thus annihilating all of the politicians and regulators who are S@&# the economy up!

LarryD on August 15, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Krugman: You know what would bring us out of this economic slump? An alien attack.

I thought that was what we have been experiencing the last 2.5 years – an alien in the WH destroying our country…

ChuckTX on August 15, 2011 at 10:19 AM

LarryD on August 15, 2011 at 10:16 AM

I can just see it now; Clowngress reduced to a smoking crater by a huge alien mothership.

Shortly thereafter they broadcast overrides on TV that this was not an act of war but a major mistake – their scanners detected no intelligent life and a swarm of giant parasites infesting the building. X-}

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 15, 2011 at 10:38 AM

An alien attack

Such harsh language. Doesn’t Krugman mean a kinetic visit by undocumented sentients?

jwolf on August 15, 2011 at 11:15 AM

We are already under an alien attack, it is coming over our south US border!
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letget on August 15, 2011 at 11:25 AM

I think Krugman must have some kind of dementia-inducing disease. That would explain a lot about his statements over the past two years…

fiatboomer on August 15, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Paul Krugman is not a serious person.

HondaV65 on August 15, 2011 at 11:26 AM

These are the psychotic musings that win Nobel prizes nowadayas.

tommyboy on August 15, 2011 at 11:27 AM

WTF?

Dr Evil on August 15, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Funny I would have thought a $15 trillion debt and a quarter of GDP devoted to public spending would have goosed us awake. If not, perhaps such a cure is not as healthy as advertised.

Seth Halpern on August 15, 2011 at 11:33 AM

We don´t need Aliens, just replace Obama and this slump will be over in 18 months!

gullxn on August 15, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Krugman: You know what would bring us out of this economic slump? An alien attack.

You’ve got your wish, Paul: The Tea Party has just landed…and it’s headed for the White House…and the Capitol…

landlines on August 15, 2011 at 11:35 AM

My understanding is that Krugman made this comments right after wetting his bed – AGAIN

jake-the-goose on August 15, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Well now that SETI is up and running again, who knows.

vcferlita on August 15, 2011 at 11:37 AM

He’s wrong when he says WW II brought America out of the depression, and he should know that, any economics student know that. During the late ’40′s, the numbers were terrible. If it wasn’t for the fact that American industry was able to sell goods to rebuild the world, especially Europe, who had no one else to buy from, the depression would never have ended.

keep the change on August 15, 2011 at 11:37 AM

“You cannot be serious!”
–John McEnroe

Emperor Norton on August 15, 2011 at 11:39 AM

And Krugman is wrong anyway …

Space Aliens won’t attack us as long as Obama is the leader of the free world. Space Aliens were WATCHING when Obama shot Osama Bin Laden … PERSONALLY … and they were impressed (and intimidated) by his combat skill.

Space Aliens KNOW – that Obama has a highly advanced teleprompter – which is a “self-aware” and “sentient” being in its own right.

Space Aliens KNOW – that with this teleprompter Obama can mobilize every man, woman, and child on Earth against Space Aliens.

Space Aliens KNOW – that if Obama can destroy an economy – he can damn sure whip their asses without even thinking about it!

Space Aliens KNOW – that Obama “treads” on the Tea Party’s “Don’t Tread On Me” flag.

Space Aliens KNOW – that Obama can fully arm all humans – the way he’s fully armed the drug cartels in Mexico.

Space Aliens KNOW – that Obama has the technology to “shrink” Space Aliens the way he’s shrunk the value of the US Dollar.

Space Aliens KNOW – that Obama has a minister who can make chickens come home to “roost” on their invading space ships and do unsanitary things to them.

Space Aliens KNOW – that Obama has the magical power to turn “Hope and Change” into “Heartbreak and Chaos”.

Space Aliens KNOW – that even if they did beat Obama – they’d have to deal with Michelle – who will deprive them of the ability to buy a Happy Meal when they’re hungry after a long day’s work subjugating the human race.

Space Aliens KNOW – NOT TO EFF WITH OBAMA!

HondaV65 on August 15, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Sounds like “Watchmen”… Where’s Ozymandias when we need him most?

Steven Den Beste on August 15, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Wow. You know, somewhere underneath that moronic statement, the guy was clearly suggesting some sort of “wag the dog” scenario.

THAT’s what these idiots think of us. We’re not people. Not individuals. We’re herds to be manipulated.

Murf76 on August 15, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Ack Ack!

batterup on August 15, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Aliens,

Please pick this guy up and annually probe him.

Oil Can

Oil Can on August 15, 2011 at 11:45 AM

He’s wrong when he says WW II brought America out of the depression, and he should know that, any economics student know that. During the late ’40′s, the numbers were terrible. If it wasn’t for the fact that American industry was able to sell goods to rebuild the world, especially Europe, who had no one else to buy from, the depression would never have ended.
keep the change on August 15, 2011 at 11:37 AM

There are a number of things that factor in. The strain of the war ended up trashing a lot of the institutions that kept the depression going in the US.

Count to 10 on August 15, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Wouldn’t John Maynard Keynes say..

I think I see the flaw in your logic.

AndrewsDad on August 15, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Isn’t Keynesian economics like the Mary Kay sales rep buying from herself? The more she buys from herself, the higher her commission. The same is true with the Keynesian model. The government effectively takes tax dollars and gives it to people to dig holes in the ground just to have these same people fill them up again. Then the government pays them a wage using tax dollars then tax that wage, with nothing productive as the result. No wealth is generated just an endless circle jerk of transferring tax dollars to unproductive workers then back to the government again, then back to the unproductive worker then back to … You get the point.

At this rate we’ll all be in Pink Cadillacs in no time.
http://derek-alexander.blogspot.com/

Caro1ina on August 15, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Aliens,

Please pick this guy up and annually probe him.

Oil Can

Oil Can on August 15, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Nah … probe him weakly.

gh on August 15, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Advice Krugman!

Inkblots on August 15, 2011 at 12:08 PM

The ignorance of the Left ceases to amaze me.

First, they call Republicans terrorist but refuse to call real terrorists terrorists.

Now this.

Hey jackass!! We already have a ready made enemy that we are already at war with – it’s called ISLAM.

But you Leftard clowns won’t acknowledge that either.

WC on August 15, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Huh? What are they gonna do.. tax them?

tinkerthinker on August 15, 2011 at 2:06 PM

He’s wrong when he says WW II brought America out of the depression, and he should know that, any economics student know that. During the late ’40′s, the numbers were terrible. If it wasn’t for the fact that American industry was able to sell goods to rebuild the world, especially Europe, who had no one else to buy from, the depression would never have ended.
keep the change on August 15, 2011 at 11:37 AM

There are a number of things that factor in. The strain of the war ended up trashing a lot of the institutions that kept the depression going in the US.
Count to 10 on August 15, 2011 at 11:58 AM

The US government was far more powerful after WW2 than it was before it. That is the only institution that liberals ever want to grow. Meanwhile, the deprivations of war served – as they so often do – to anesthetize the public to the idea of making temporary restraints on liberty into permanent ones.

As for the private sector, though, OF COURSE bombing the rest of the industrialized world back to the Stone Age was a huge advantage – du’uh! And that allowed America’s economy to continue to grow despite increasing Socialism — but never because of it.

logis on August 15, 2011 at 2:22 PM

He’s wrong when he says WW II brought America out of the depression, and he should know that, any economics student know that. During the late ’40′s, the numbers were terrible. If it wasn’t for the fact that American industry was able to sell goods to rebuild the world, especially Europe, who had no one else to buy from, the depression would never have ended.

keep the change on August 15, 2011 at 11:37 AM

The Great Depression, the New Deal, and the run-up to WWII were all one and the same. FDR was inaugurated five days after the Reichstag burned. October of that year saw Nazi Germany withdraw from the League of Nations and begin to re-arm.

I don’t quite subscribe to the point of view that war is bad for the economy—but unlike Keynesians, I see war as a very unique set of circumstances that cannot be replicated during peacetime.

American factories in the era of the New Deal were well-positioned to take advantage of opportunities from nervous Europeans watching the re-armament of Germany. During the war, as another commenter mentioned, the rest of the industrialized world bombed themselves into smithereens, while the United States remained intact behind two oceans. This was the secret of American postwar success.

Sekhmet on August 15, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Well, well, well.
Krugman’s a “Falling Skies-er”.

mrt721 on August 15, 2011 at 3:39 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MhgnMX73Pw

Save us Slim Whitman!

Roy Rogers on August 15, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Unbelievable stupid.

the_nile on August 15, 2011 at 8:21 PM