Monday, January 14, 2008
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Let's save everyone the trouble of reading Paul Krugman for the rest of 2008
We’re heading into a recession (ignore what I've said before -- this time I'm sure).Repeat twice a week until about, I'd say, mid-August. posted by Dan on 01.14.08 at 08:31 AM
1. Whatever was true to say a few months ago, it's true we're in or near a recession.
"their leading candidate...admits he knows little economics"
As much as I enjoy bashing on politicians as much as the next guy and speaking as someone who has an undergraduate exposure to Economics, I can give him a pass that he doesn't firmly understand the voodoo that is economics--which it still is when dealing with federal economic policies.
While I'm not a "Sarge" supporter, I can't ding him for being honest about his understanding of economics. Find me a candidate in this race who could write an graduate paper on Federal Economic Policies that is halfway valid and well-thought out, and we can go from there.posted by: yagij on 01.14.08 at 08:31 AM [permalink]
Dan: What is the formula after Obama gets the nomination?posted by: Fabio Rojas on 01.14.08 at 08:31 AM [permalink]
It is sorta amusing watching liberal Democrats slapping each other silly like a bunch of wobbly bar drunks.
Oh my, the race baiting among the liberals.posted by: save_the_rustbelt on 01.14.08 at 08:31 AM [permalink]
Whatever Krugman's shortcomings as a columnist, he's a much better political analyst than Drezner is an economist.posted by: Gene on 01.14.08 at 08:31 AM [permalink]
You're saving us the trouble of reading Paul Krugman? While I appreciate your thoughtful gesture, I think that you are making a foolishly bold assumption.posted by: Joseph Sixpack on 01.14.08 at 08:31 AM [permalink]
Anyone else read this one, too?posted by: Mike on 01.14.08 at 08:31 AM [permalink]
Anyone else read this one, too?posted by: mike on 01.14.08 at 08:31 AM [permalink]
Whatever Krugman's shortcomings as a columnist, he's a much better political analyst than Drezner is an economist.
Whatever Krugman's merits as an economist, he's an absolutely horrible political analyst. He doesn't understand Washington at all.posted by: David Nieporent on 01.14.08 at 08:31 AM [permalink]
Dan, I don't quite get your Krugman bashing. I think he brings up some legit points about a canidate who has for the most part gotten a free pass from the press. The twisting of the remarks Bill Clinton made in New Hampshire by Obama's people, shows that Obama, especially his policy positions, needs more scrutiny. To everyone else: Can't Dan & Paulie Krug both be superstars?posted by: nova on 01.14.08 at 08:31 AM [permalink]
Look he has been far more right than wrong in the last few years, especially on important issues (e.g Iraq). This is something that cannot be said about distinguished professional political scientists like the host of this blog. I find these attacks on Krugman curious.posted by: krishna on 01.14.08 at 08:31 AM [permalink]
Krugman's right on a lot of things as is Edwards, but I find both somewhat disingenuous at times. Krugman tends to ignore or dismiss points that run against his position. Edwards pretends that he is some sort of "outsider" that can just waltz into Washington and shake up the town. There's a degree of demagoguery in both Krugman and Edwards.posted by: Marc Schneider on 01.14.08 at 08:31 AM [permalink]
I just got the syllabus for a class that I'm taking. A BUNCH of Paul Krugman pieces are required readings. ARRGGH!posted by: Joseph Sixpack on 01.14.08 at 08:31 AM [permalink]
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