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imagesAny thinking person, who follows the news that not via FOX or the far right talking heads pandering conservative, we love billionaires and everyone else is chopped liver radio pundits, is well aware that the type of austerity, the idiotic budget cuts that the libertarian, Koch Machine Whores in the GOP have pushed on this country will cause another recession. It kills jobs.  It impoverishes everyone who is not wealthy.  If you are wealthy, it’s incredible.  You win, you the 0.10% are the big winners.  The 99.9% of us who aren’t in their financial league are the big losers.

“...Meanwhile, Paul Krugman reminds us, once again, of the great truism which the right hates to hear: We should combat debt only during good times, not bad times. During bad times, the government should “prime the pump” (to use a once-familiar phrase) by putting people to work. If that task requires borrowed money, so be it. We’re borrowing it from ourselves, and we can pay it back during the flush period….”

Are they THAT stupid?
Can they be that stupid?
Can they be that duplicitous?
Are they that intellectually dishonest?
Do they think We the Little People are that Stupid?

Zero Hedge

Zero Hedge

Yes, they are.  Take a gander:

Memeorandum

Memeorandum

Paul Krugman goes at it with both barrels today.  One of the best things that ever happened to The Pink Flamingo is when I realized that far right economists were WRONG and Krugman is 150% right.  I think I’ve become his biggest fan.  Who knew?  Even in college I thought those who embraced his economic theories were all wrong. Turns out I was all wrong.

From Prairie Weather comes something with which agree.

Prairie Weather

Prairie Weather

Let’s face it, Krugman is one of the great economic thinkers of the age.

...When the Great Depression struck, many influential people argued that the government shouldn’t even try to limit the damage. According to Herbert Hoover, Andrew Mellon, his Treasury secretary, urged him to “Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers. … It will purge the rottenness out of the system.” Don’t try to hasten recovery, warned the famous economist Joseph Schumpeter, because “artificial stimulus leaves part of the work of depressions undone.”…Now, the fact is that these ranters have been wrong about everything, at every stage of the crisis, while the Keynesians have been mostly right. Remember how federal deficits were supposed to cause soaring interest rates? Never mind: After four years of such warnings, rates remain near historic lows — just as Keynesians predicted. Remember how running the printing presses was going to cause runaway inflation? Since the recession began, the Fed has more than tripled the size of its balance sheet, but inflation has averaged less than 2 percent….

The bad news is that sin sells. Although the Mellonites have, as I said, been wrong about everything, the notion of macroeconomics as morality play has a visceral appeal that’s hard to fight. Disguise it with a bit of political cross-dressing, and even liberals can fall for it.

But they shouldn’t. Mellon was dead wrong in the 1930s, and his avatars are dead wrong today. Unemployment, not excessive money printing, is what ails us now — and policy should be doing more, not less….”

So, Rush Limbaugh rants and raves that we are in a dying country.

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

No, what we are witnessing is a dying movement, where conservatives like Rush Limbaugh, people The Pink Flamingo once thought were right, are wrong.  They are dinosaurs in a world where small mammals are on the rise.  Perhaps the truly great irony here is that far right dinosaurs like Rush Limbaugh, Paul Ryan, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, Glenn Beck, and their pretend pundit blogging misfits like Michelle Malkin, Erick Erickson, etc. Don’t believe in evolution.  Like the far right preaching whores who are trying to ram their own version of “christian” down the craw of We the Little People (a version of which I doubt Christ would even recognize) they are Creationists.

This is a thing of beauty.  Not only are their economic and sociological theories dying, but it is via the process of evolution.  Cold-blooded, dinosaur dying evolution.

Please, pardon The Pink Flamingo while I snicker.  If we weren’t dealing with millions of lives who are being disrupted and ruined by their Randian economic theories, I would laugh at them.  Instead, we should be crying.

What’s worse?  Republicans in office aren’t upset over people who are losing jobs.

…Republicans bellyached for years that government must shrink. It had to be smaller. Cut the budget come hell or high water, they yammered. Well, darn if the sequester hasn’t brought hell and high water to Republican districts across America. Now Republican lawmakers can’t stop carping about how small government shouldn’t occur in their districts.  Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till you vote to kill it?

Paradise was among the first to go. Specifically, the paradise of American parks. The National Park Service, complying with the mandate that it slash about 9 percent of its budget through September, reduced hours, cut staff and stopped providing some services such as campgrounds, based on recommendations from each park superintendent.

Among the campgrounds shut down are those at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota. The state’s Republican Senator John Thune is feeling particularly grumpy about that. He accused the Park Service of closing his campgrounds instead of cutting wasteful and duplicative spending, examples of which he neglected to offer.

He’s singing the whiny sequester tune popularized by Republicans who refused to raise taxes on the rich to reduce the impact of $1 trillion in indiscriminate, across-the-board budget cuts they demanded. They all said they wanted smaller government. They huffed and they puffed and they threatened to take down the nation’s economy until they got it.

Now that it’s here, now that it’s affecting their constituents, Republicans contend the $1 trillion in indiscriminate, across-the-board budget cuts they demanded should have been specifically targeted to eliminate only “waste, fraud and abuse.”

That’s a confusing assertion, though, from the party insisting on smaller government, the party whose members swore loyalty oaths to Grover Norquist, the anti-government lobbyist who infamously said government must be shrunk small enough to drown in a bathtub. Even if every speck of waste, fraud and abuse that anyone could ever uncover were eliminated, it wouldn’t add up to $1 trillion. And it wouldn’t shrink government….”

It’s not about people.  After all, if  you are a person suffering today, it’s your fault because you don’t embrace the Randian economic theories currently in vogue, currently pushing our country into another major recession.  You are a libertarian.  The Pink Flamingo has never once agreed with Bill Maher, but this time I do. People like Paul Ryan, and their followers, are stuck in their teen years.  At least Trekkies grew up, got jobs, moved away from home, and became adults.  Libertarians, Randians, are basically dealing with arrested development.

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Mediaite

Mediaite

I think this says it all.  The Far Right is a mess.  It is, in many ways, a dying movement.  If The Pink Flamingo, who has been conservative all my life, GOP all my life, can no longer stomach these people, then I suspect there are millions up million more, just like me.

This is not the way to save the GOP.

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4 Comments

  • jose maria says:

    I totally agree that the GOP is in a mess, but pardon me while I sniker when you say, “Paul Krugman is one of the great economic thinkers of the age.” People should keep on repeating that if it makes them feel better while they are trying to control their own spending and make ends meet, but in my opinion the man is a delusional crackpot. His knowledge of economics is purely academic. He has no clue about the real world of economics. He is a political commentator, who has never run a company or created a business. His business experience as an economic adviser was a total disaster. He is a frustrated little man these days because even the Obama administration is no longer paying attention to his drivel. Does he really believe that US debt is irrelevant because we owe money to ourselves? Not exactly because 25% of our debt goes toward interest payments abroad. No matter how much money we print there has to be a market for our Treasury Bonds. Since paper money has no value in itself, it is worthless if people lose confidence and refuse to accept it as money. Right now it costs more to print money than the value of the dollar is worth. I wouldn’t believe anything Krugman says. With his name calling, rants and raves, he is the Rush Limbaugh of the left. He knows how to screw people out of their money, just ask some of the former stockholders of Enron down here. Krugman’s idea of economics is this: After a night of heavy drinking, the reason you can’t get over a hangover is because you didn’t drink enough.

  • SJ Reidhead says:

    I went from someone who thought he was delusional to a fan, just by watching the mess in Europe. He called the whole thing. I think I’m probably having an extreme reaction to anything dealing with Ayn Rand!

    SJR

  • jose maria says:

    I have an extreme reaction to Ayn Rand too and to anybody who is a fan of hers.

  • SJ Reidhead says:

    That’s my whole problem.

    SJR


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