And Now, the Overreach Begins

Shorter Paul Krugman: “Republican electoral victories were the product of court-approved gerrymanders only. Democratic election victories were the product of the people exercising their voices and had nothing whatsoever to do with gerrymanders that favored Democrats. Don’t make a deal with Republicans on the fiscal cliff. If the economy tanks, that’s fine as long as Republicans get blamed for it and as long as it hurts their constituencies.”

I challenge you to find how that summary is inaccurate in any important way.

In any event, while it is certainly revealing that an economics professor/Nobel Prize winner/New York Times columnist with a more-than-comfortable salary and with no prospects of getting fired from any of his jobs (alas) is willing to advocate a recession that will devastate people still struggling to get out from under the last one, it is just as revealing that only three days after the election, Democrats and their sympathizers are getting ready to overreach politically.

Here’s hoping they reap the whirlwind and soon. Anyone deranged and cynical enough to blithely recommend sending an already weak economy into yet another tailspin deserves as much.

  1. Stephen Kaus

    “Most of all, standing up to hostage-taking is the right thing to do for the health of America’s political system.

    So stand your ground, Mr. President, and don’t give in to threats. No deal is better than a bad deal.”

    Time for the republicans to grow up and compromise.

  2. Brasidas

    Interesting.  We knew the overreach was coming, didn’t we.  It was only a matter of time.  

  3. Jerry Broaddus

    Possibly the best we can hope for after this election is to look for an advantage when the country is completely and utterly broken. It’s not yet, but I’m pretty sure it will be.

    In high school, my wrestling coach told me that when a stronger opponent pushed, I should pull, when he pulled, I should push. This works pretty well, and in most cases both end up in a heap with me having at least a possibility of an advantage.

    So, if the Democrats want to break it, perhaps we should help.

  4. Antiphon

    I prefer “former Enron advsor”.

  5. Pejman Yousefzadeh
    C

    Stick around. There will be more blatant double standards to follow very soon.

    NoWayerMan

    “If the economy tanks, that’s fine as long as Republicans get blamed for it and as long as it hurts their constituencies.”

    How does that square with the “Republicans are evil! They care more about winning than the good of the country” argument? He explicitly states that it’s good for the economy to be bad if it helps Dems win elections and hurts voters.

    Obstructionist tactics are good when we do it, because our principles matter. THEIR principles are evil, so obstructionist tactics are bad.

    Nothing new here, but I don’t know that it’s often this blatant. · 2 hours ago

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  6. Chris Johnson

    I know what socialists and NYT columnists will say/do.  I know what that will yield.  We will get horrific fiscal consequences and, when their tax increases yield inadequate revenue, we will have our credit rating downgraded again, further increasing our borrowing costs.

    I see no upside to the GOP in the House, or the Senate, participating in any way in what is to come.  We would only reap a share of the blame for what will inevitably come.  In my personal opinion, we should avoid participation in every boondoggle and our elected leaders should spend their time, instead, communicating to the electorate what the flaws are and the predictable reults will be.  Even the slightest cooperation will be used by the Democrats and the media to paint the coming disaster with a bi-partisan brush.

    Step aside and let them hang themselves.

  7. Baja

    “Step aside and let them hang themselves.” Just about right.

    I like the analogy of the offensive lineman who just raises his hands & steps aside. I don’t want to hurt the country but I don’t think we can stop it. Lord knows Boehner & the house majority aren’t going to. So I say sit on our & don’t participate. The majority of voters are wholly uneducated so how else do they learn that actions have consequences?

  8. Guruforhire
    Baja: “Step aside and let them hang themselves.” Just about right.

    I like the analogy of the offensive lineman who just raises his hands & steps aside. I don’t want to hurt the country but I don’t think we can stop it. Lord knows Boehner & the house majority aren’t going to. So I say sit on our & don’t participate. The majority of voters are wholly uneducated so how else do they learn that actions have consequences? · 1 hour ago

    Exactly.  Just abstain.  Let them find out the hard way that the stove is hot and one ought not touch it.

  9. Bye!

    “If the economy tanks, that’s fine as long as Republicans get blamed for it and as long as it hurts their constituencies.”

    How does that square with the “Republicans are evil! They care more about winning than the good of the country” argument? He explicitly states that it’s good for the economy to be bad if it helps Dems win elections and hurts voters.

    Obstructionist tactics are good when we do it, because our principles matter. THEIR principles are evil, so obstructionist tactics are bad.

    Nothing new here, but I don’t know that it’s often this blatant.

  10. Cuban Mike

    It won’t make a difference Pejman, they’ll still blame Bush and the banks for it.

  11. Frozen Chosen

    Uh, it’s pretty clear that Obama has been overreaching for the past 4 years and the American people just said “We approve, keep it up!”