November 21, 2003

#134: Hell hath no fury like a leftie scorned

P. Krugman

Wow! Hell hath no fury like a leftie scorned. In AARP Gone Astray (11/21/03) Paul Krugman goes after America's most noted advocacy group for retired people with a viciousness normally reserved for Dick Cheney and Halliburton. AARP, normally a pillar of Democratic congressional support, has jumped ship over Medicare expansion and the Krugster is highly pissed. With the cruelist cut imaginable, he accuses them of acting like a business!

Amazingly enough, we come down legislatively on the same side as Krugman. We, too, would like to see this entitlement expansion defeated. AARP has it exactly right when they say that this bill can be "fixed" later. What we have here is a classic case of getting the "camel's nose under the tent." Havoc always follows.

So why doesn't Krugman see it the same way? Partisan politics, of course. He doesn't want to see Bush get the credit for an entitlement expansion.

[The Truth Squad is a group of economists who have long marveled at the writings of Paul Krugman. The Squad Reports are synopses of their discussions. ]

Posted by John Weidner at November 21, 2003 9:08 AM
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