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When liberal economist/Princeton professor/New York Times columnist Paul Krugman speaks, his words are immediately incorporated into the left-wing body politick. Liberals use Krugman to fashion phony talking points by the dozens, and the bigger the Krugman lie, the better. Here are a few of the latest Krugman lies being consumed and regurgitated whole by liberals:
"The reality, of course, is that we already have a centrist president -- actually a moderate conservative president. Once again, health reform -- his only major change to government -- was modeled on Republican plans, indeed plans coming from the Heritage Foundation. And everything else -- including the wrongheaded emphasis on austerity in the face of high unemployment -- is according to the conservative playbook." - Paul Krugman
Here we have three contentions from Krugman. Two of them are completely, pants-on-fire false. The other has a grain of truth, but is also mostly false. The first lie is the contention that Obama is a conservative. The mostly false statement is that ObamaCare is a Republican plan that came from the Heritage Foundation. The third lie is the laughable argument that Obama is pursuing a path of fiscal austerity. Liberals across the land are repeating these things as if they were written on stone tablets, when they should be treating them as if they were written on a bookie's flash paper. Let's dispense with Krugman's arguments one by one.
1) Obama is a conservative.
It's hard to stop laughing long enough to take this Krugman argument seriously, but I'll give it a try. I never dreamed anyone would have the cojones to make the case that Obama is a conservative, or that I'd have to shoot such an inane argument down. After all, Obama was a community organizer, schooled in the tactics of radical Saul Alinsky. He was an ACLU lawyer. He attended a church for twenty years that advanced left-wing black liberation theology. Obama said Reverend Jeremiah Wright was "like a father" to him (until Wright's "God damn America" tirades became a political liability). Obama is a lifelong Democrat who launched his first political fundraiser from the home of domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn of Weathermen infamy. Obama was voted the most liberal Senator in Congress in 2007. In the Illinois legislature, Obama voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act four times. In his book Dreams From My Father, Obama said he hung out with marxists in college and was mentored by "Frank", a reference to the American communist Frank Marshall Davis. Obama is admittedly pro-union, and his General Motors bailout rewarded the unions while screwing the bondholders. His Justice Department is trying to prevent Boeing from moving a plant from unionized Seattle to a right-to-work South Carolina. Obama is in favor of the Employee Free Choice Act that will remove the secret ballot from union voting. Obama is a believer in global warming who wanted to institute Cap And Trade. He advocates increasing taxes on the wealthy, and openly favors redistribution of wealth. He even said the U.S. Constitution had a "blind spot" because it didn't authorize redistribution of wealth. One of Obama's first acts as President was to enact an $800 billion plus Keynesian stimulus package that was supported by Democrats and rejected by Republicans. Obama is opposed to capital punishment. In the Illinois legislature, Obama was in favor of the state banning the sale and manufacture of handguns. Obama has said he favors a single-payer health care system "in principal", which would replace private insurance companies. He ran for President as the anti-Iraq war candidate. As a candidate, Obama supported giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. He supported raising the Social Security payroll tax on wealthier Americans. Obama signed into law the largest new entitlement program since Medicare was enacted in 1965. Federal spending has increased by $900 billion per year since Obama took office. Federal spending is higher now than at any time in U.S. history, with the exception of World War II. I could go on and on and on.
This is the guy Paul Krugman says is a conservative...and Krugman says it with a straight face...and liberals repeat it as if it were true. You have to wonder what planet these people inhabit. It can't be this one.
2) ObamaCare is a Republican plan from the Heritage Foundation.
Let's start with the fact that almost all the Democrats in Congress voted FOR ObamaCare, and almost all the Republicans voted AGAINST ObamaCare. That should give you an indication of how "Republican" ObamaCare is. Then add in the fact that 26 states, all of them led by Republicans, have filed suit against ObamaCare for being unconstitutional. Yes, ObamaCare is so obviously supported by Republicans, just as Krugman says !!!! Or not.
What is true is that a few conservative groups and/or individuals (Dole, Romney) did advance the individual mandate, primarily at the state level (in accordance with the 10th Amendment), as a potential solution to the "free rider" health care problem. Obviously, the idea never really caught on with or was supported by the GOP. Krugman conveniently omits that significant truth.
As for the idea that ObamaCare came from the Heritage Foundation, that idea didn't originate with Krugman. It came from President Obama himself. Here's the Heritage response:
It began when President Obama told "Today" show host Matt Lauer on March 30 that "a lot of ideas in terms of the exchange, just being able to pool and improve the purchasing power of individuals in the insurance market, that originated from the Heritage Foundation."
First, Heritage did not originate the concept of the health insurance exchange. Furthermore, the version of the exchange we did develop couldn't be more different than that embodied in this law...
For us, the health insurance exchange is to be designed by the states. It is conceived as a market mechanism that allows individuals and families to choose among a wide range of health plans and benefit options for those best suited to their personal needs and circumstances...
Under the president's law, however, the congressionally designed exchanges are a tool imposed on the states enabling the federal government to standardize and micromanage health insurance coverage, while administering a vast and unaffordable new entitlement program. This is a vehicle for federal control of state markets, a usurpation of state authority and the suppression of meaningful patient choice... This is probably not something President Obama gives a whit about, but we at Heritage do.
The other charge -- repeated on this page and elsewhere -- is that the federal individual mandate in Obama's health-care plan came from us.
For the record, we think that the law's federal mandate is unconstitutional...
Yes, in the early 1990s, we, along with other prominent conservative economists, supported the idea of such a mandate. It seemed the only way to solve the "free-rider" problem, in which individuals can, under federal law, walk into any hospital emergency room nationwide and rack up big bills at taxpayer expense.
Our research in the ensuing two decades has led us to realize our initial idea was operationally ineffective and legally defective. Well before Obama was elected, we dropped it.
Krugman neglected to mention that Heritage has been against it's own 20-year old mandate idea for some time now. Must have been an unintentional slip by old Paulie, eh ? Sure it was. It would also be helpful if Krugman mentioned that the overwhelming majority of Republicans reject such a "Republican idea". Maybe it's just me, but I'm pretty sure that Republicans usually support alleged "Republican ideas".
3) Obama is pursuing a path of fiscal austerity.
I've written about this canard extensively already, so I'll be brief here. One would have to be almost mentally challenged to believe we have entered a period of fiscal austerity. What the debt limit deal accomplished was to authorize $2.1 trillion in new debt (see how "austere" it is already ?!?!) in exchange for cutting $2.1 trillion in future spending out of the projected $10 trillion in new debt over the next decade. With the debt deal (which doesn't reduce the debt by one penny), by 2021, our government is still projected to be spending 22% of GDP, well above the modern age federal spending average of 19%. This is what Krugman is calling "austerity", which it obviously is not. It's the opposite of austerity. It's...um...hmmm....what IS the opposite of austerity ??? Um, how about "opulence" ? We'll go with that. Krugman is referring to opulence as austerity. As I said in my last post, everything is upside down with liberals. Here's yet more proof.
In short, Paul Krugman is a big fat liar. It would be nice if liberals stopped repeating his lies. Krugman's column in the New York Times is called "The Conscience Of A Liberal". It's a shame he doesn't have one.