Monday, May 17, 2010

We're Not Greece

First and last ¶ of a Paul Krugman op-ed:

It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good, and the crisis in Greece is making some people — people who opposed health care reform and are itching for an excuse to dismantle Social Security — very, very happy. Everywhere you look there are editorials and commentaries, some posing as objective reporting, asserting that Greece today will be America tomorrow unless we abandon all that nonsense about taking care of those in need.

So here’s the reality: America’s fiscal outlook over the next few years isn’t bad. We do have a serious long-run budget problem, which will have to be resolved with a combination of health care reform and other measures, probably including a moderate rise in taxes. But we should ignore those who pretend to be concerned with fiscal responsibility, but whose real goal is to dismantle the welfare state — and are trying to use crises elsewhere to frighten us into giving them what they want.

The last thing in the world the Repugs want to hear is that jobs are no longer being lost, orders for goods are on the rise, TARP and the stimulus are working, etc., etc.

For them to succeed, the nation must fail. Or be seen to.

Assholes. Why do they hate America?

Answer: Because America threw 'em out.

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