Quote of the day courtesy Paul Krugman (put down your coffee, Lara)

Seriously? Without a trace of cynicism or irony? 

One depressing aspect of American politics is the susceptibility of the political and media establishment to charlatans.

Ain’t that the damn truth.

Oops.

Krugman isn’t referring to Obama. 

You might have thought, given past experience, that D.C. insiders would be on their guard against conservatives with grandiose plans. But no: as long as someone on the right claims to have bold new proposals, he’s hailed as an innovative thinker. And nobody checks his arithmetic.

Of course!

His “Flim-flam man” is Paul Ryan, and he hails the infamous “Roadmap” as malarky:

Mr. Ryan has become the Republican Party’s poster child for new ideas thanks to his “Roadmap for America’s Future,” a plan for a major overhaul of federal spending and taxes. News media coverage has been overwhelmingly favorable; on Monday, The Washington Post put a glowing profile of Mr. Ryan on its front page, portraying him as the G.O.P.’s fiscal conscience. He’s often described with phrases like “intellectually audacious.”

But it’s the audacity of dopes. Mr. Ryan isn’t offering fresh food for thought; he’s serving up leftovers from the 1990s, drenched in flimflam sauce.

I prefer the audacity of nope.  As in, let’s cut of the money to Obamacare as fast as we can (as fast as we can) (to cut off the real flim-flam man).

And note to Paul Krugman: Dude.  I honestly can’t fathom that you write with a straight face.  Flim-flam man? “Master of Back-Stabbing, Cork-Screwing and Dirty-Dealing?” The trickster who conned people far and wide to steal their money and evade the law?  If you choose to sling names, you might well start by choosing one that doesn’t describe your hero to a T. 

H/T: Hot Air headlines.

NB: if you’re interested in a serious dissection of Krugman’s assault on Ryan, go here or here.

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks, I had just added crunchy sugar to the whipped cream! Quote of the day, indeed.

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