You Stay Classy, Paul Krugman

 

From Chuck Ross at the Daily Caller:

New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman is questioning Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn’s claim that Obamacare caused him to lose his cancer specialist.

“It’s a garbage story, it really is,” said Krugman in a back-and-forth with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on CNN after the State of the Union on Tuesday.

Coburn, who announced earlier this month that he’ll resign from office at the end of the year as he battles his fourth bout with cancer, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that his oncologist was no longer covered under his health care plan.

Imagine for a moment the intellectual gymnastics at work here. Krugman—awash in the moral self-satisfaction that accompanies supporting as high-minded and compassionate a program as Obamacare—has the license—nay, the duty—to identify the guy with cancer as the problem here. Broken eggs and omelets and all that. What’s a little collateral damage if it allows you to immanentize the eschaton

John Hart, Senator Coburn’s communications director, is to be praised for getting the response just right:

“He’s experiencing an intellectual crisis due to Obamacare’s failures. A policy he supported is causing Americans to lose not only their doctors, but their specialists and treatments,” Hart said.

“We wish him the best as he works through his difficult period of disappointment and disorientation.”

Perfect—except for assuming that Professor Krugman’s disorientation is a transitory state.

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    @BrentB67

     What’s a little collateral damage if it allows you to immanentize the eschaton

    For heaven’s sake Troy we have fighter pilots and no-kidding real economists on these threads. Easy on the big words.

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    @MarionEvans

    Looks like Paul has been skipping the gym. Then again the Princeton health plan is not exactly Obamacare.

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    @GreatGhostofGodel

    Krugman’s a jerk. Always been a jerk, always will be a jerk. The one positive thing is that he’s an honest jerk, so his jerkery is publicly visible, early and often.

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    @Larry3435

    “A policy he supported is causing Americans to lose not only their doctors, but their specialists and treatments”

    After decades of watching policies he supported cause Americans to lose their jobs, wealth, homes, families, and probably their sacred honor, you would think Krugman would be used to it by now.

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    @GreatGhostofGodel

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    @BrentB67

    Gödel’s Ghost that is really unfair. After all he is a Nobel laureate and the only left wing economics pundit that is so bad he actually makes most Republicans appear competent.

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    @Wolverine

    Maybe it is just me but Krugman always struck me as a resentful self-satisfied  man who must have gotten his butt kicked as a child in the schoolyard.

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    @GreatGhostofGodel

    Editors: thank you for having mercy on my soul.

    BrentB67: you may be on to something: if Krugman didn’t exist, free marketeers would have to invent him.

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    @Solon
    Marion Evans: Looks like Paul has been skipping the gym. Then again the Princeton health plan is not exactly Obamacare. · 15 minutes ago

    Ad hominem.  We gotta be above this kind of thing (in public, at least!).

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    @BrentB67
    Gödel’s Ghost: Editors: thank you for having mercy on my soul.

    BrentB67: you may be on to something: if Krugman didn’t exist, free marketeers would have to invent him. · 11 minutes ago

    Paul Ryan desperately needs a foil to appear sane.

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    @Solon

    I would like to see an ad with Paul Krugman pushing cancer patients over a cliff! 

    Also, I like that Newt is on CNN.  We at least have a smart guy that pushes back on these kinds of statements and holds his ground. 

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    @Instugator

    Troy, allow me to make a pitch for a slight change to the Ricochet Style Manual. If you are going to acknowledge Paul Krugman’s Nobel prize for Economics then you probably need to mention (for the sake of balance, no less) that he was an advisor to Enron.

    So allow me to suggest the following, “New York Times columnist, Nobel laureate economist and former advisor to Enron Paul Krugman…”

    Or something like that.

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    BrentB67

     What’s a little collateral damage if it allows you to immanentize the eschaton

    For heaven’s sake Troy we have fighter pilots and no-kidding real economists on these threads. Easy on the big words. · 37 minutes ago

    Brent, do you mean to say that you don’t own the t-shirt?!

     

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    @JohnnyDubya

    Partisan, left-leaning scientists such as Nobel laureate Krugman and fraudulent “Nobel laureate” Michael Mann are incapable of “keeping it classy”.  What pieces of work they are!  Compare their anger, nastiness, thin skins, litigiousness, monstrous egos, and narcissism to the placid demeanors of center-right scientists such as Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell, and Bjorn Lomborg.

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    @GreatGhostofGodel
    Group Captain Mandrake: Damn, missed it.  Could I have an expurgated version?

    It was a double-post, thanks to Ricochet’s resident Gremlins. Identical to my previous post, which I wrote following Mark Twain’s advice about using “very,” albeit with stronger language.

    I’m usually pretty circumspect about CoC issues. I’m simply not willing to be where Krugman is involved. From where I sit, he is as actively evil as Pete Seeger, albeit more subtle about it by some slender margin.

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    @RushBabe49

    I have always wondered how someone could call themselves an economist, and not understand the real-world results of socialistic policies.

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    @SalvatorePadula

    As much as it pains me to do so, I’m going to stand up for Paul Krugman on the issue of his Nobel Prize. Once upon a time, Krugman was a serious economist and his technical work on trade theory and economic geography was actually very important. It’s worth noting that though he was awarded the Prize in 2008, it was for work he did in the late seventies through early nineties. This was before he became the shrill left-wing hack that he currently is. Back in the early eighties he even worked in the Reagan Council of Economic Advisors.

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    @RyanM

    Did Paul Krugman ever weigh in on that lady who supposedly lost her health insurance because of Romney in 2012?  If so, can we find the link and put these articles side by side?

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    @ThroatWobblerMangrove

    He may be a Nobel prize winner for his prior work, but he is presently a world-class creep.  His comments on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 were execrable, and his most recent ones show he has learned nothing.  

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    @MarionEvans
    J Flei

    Marion Evans: Looks like Paul has been skipping the gym. Then again the Princeton health plan is not exactly Obamacare. · 15 minutes ago

    Ad hominem.  We gotta be above this kind of thing (in public, at least!). · 4 hours ago

    All is fair in love and commenting about Krugman. <—- (a known aphorism)

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    @JohnnyDubya
    Salvatore Padula: As much as it pains me to do so, I’m going to stand up for Paul Krugman on the issue of his Nobel Prize. Once upon a time, Krugman was a serious economist and his technical work on trade theory and economic geography was actually very important. It’s worth noting that though he was awarded the Prize in 2008, it was for work he did in the late seventies through early nineties. This was before he became the shrill left-wing hack that he currently is. Back in the early eighties he even worked in the Reagan Council of Economic Advisors. · 23 minutes ago

    Indeed.  And Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced FRONK-en-steen) was once a respected physician lecturer at a prestigious U.S. medical school.

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    @Instugator
    Salvatore Padula: As much as it pains me to do so, I’m going to stand up for Paul Krugman on the issue of his Nobel Prize. Once upon a time, Krugman was a serious economist and his technical work on trade theory and economic geography was actually very important. It’s worth noting that though he was awarded the Prize in 2008, it was for work he did in the late seventies through early nineties. This was before he became the shrill left-wing hack that he currently is. Back in the early eighties he even worked in the Reagan Council of Economic Advisors. · 37 minutes ago

    In 1999 he was paid $50K to be a consultant to Enron’s “advisory board”. He also wrote a glowing review of Enron in Fortune magazine. Enron collapsed in 2001.

    In 2012, Dr Pedro Schwarz gave Paul Krugman, former advisor to Enron and Nobel Laureate, a well-deserved public schooling. Video here.

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    @JamesGawron

    Troy,

    “We wish him the best as he works through his difficult period of disappointment and disorientation.”

    This should go down as the most generous summing up of an egotistical, mind numbingly banal ideologue ever in the history of human discourse.

    I have no sympathy for Krugman at all.  Why on earth do Coburn and his people cling to the fantasy that they are dealing with a rational man of honor who is simply misguided.  To call Krugman’s statement a low blow is still being too kind.

    Krugman is a callous, vicious, fool, so possessed of his own ego that he doesn’t have the simple decency not to try to spin Coburn’s self evident problem and tragedy.

    Millions of people with far less money and power than Coburn will be facing the same thing.  Krugman, the cold parasite, would bask one more day in the false accolade of the ACA and condemn those millions to suffering.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    @Viruscop
    Salvatore Padula: . Back in the early eighties he even worked in the Reagan Council of Economic Advisors. · 53 minutes ago

    I don’t think he was very enthusiastic about it.

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    @SalvatorePadula
    Throat Wobbler Mangrove: He may be a Nobel prize winner for his prior work, but he is presently a world-class creep.  His comments on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 were execrable, and his most recent ones show he has learned nothing.   · 43 minutes ago

    You’ll get no argument from me about that.

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    @SalvatorePadula
    Johnny Dubya

    Salvatore Padula: As much as it pains me to do so, I’m going to stand up for Paul Krugman on the issue of his Nobel Prize. Once upon a time, Krugman was a serious economist and his technical work on trade theory and economic geography was actually very important. It’s worth noting that though he was awarded the Prize in 2008, it was for work he did in the late seventies through early nineties. This was before he became the shrill left-wing hack that he currently is. Back in the early eighties he even worked in the Reagan Council of Economic Advisors. · 23 minutes ago

    Indeed.  And Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (pronouncedFRONK-en-steen) was once a respected physician lecturer at a prestigious U.S. medical school.

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    Edited 37 minutes ago

    My point is not that Krugman is a good public intellectual, or even a good person. I don’t think he is. My point is that it’s a bit petty to try to deny that he was a good technical trade economist a generation ago.

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    @SalvatorePadula
    Instugator

    In 1999 he was paid $50K to be a consultant to Enron’s “advisory board”. He also wrote a glowing review of Enron inFortunemagazine. Enron collapsed in 2001.

    In 2012, Dr Pedro Schwarz gave Paul Krugman, former advisor to Enron and Nobel Laureate, a well-deserved public schooling. Video here. · 38 minutes ago

    I watched the video and I agree with Schwarz. I would point out that Schwarz started out by saying that Krugman’s work on trade theory deserved its Nobel Prize.

    I’m perfectly happy to adhere to your suggested amendment to the Ricochet Style Manual, though I’d prefer to omit both Krugman’s Nobel and his work for Enron in most circumstances as neither has any relation to the overwhelming majority of what he currently writes about.

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    @Solon
    Salvatore Padula: As much as it pains me to do so, I’m going to stand up for Paul Krugman on the issue of his Nobel Prize. Once upon a time, Krugman was a serious economist and his technical work on trade theory and economic geography was actually very important. It’s worth noting that though he was awarded the Prize in 2008, it was for work he did in the late seventies through early nineties. This was before he became the shrill left-wing hack that he currently is. Back in the early eighties he even worked in the Reagan Council of Economic Advisors. · 1 hour ago

    Thanks for being so honest.  Doesn’t this also show that left-wing ideas really aren’t new and certainly not ‘progressive’?  Or was Krugman not a left-winger back then? 

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    @SalvatorePadula
    J Flei

    Salvatore Padula:

    Thanks for being so honest.  Doesn’t this also show that left-wing ideas really aren’t new and certainly not ‘progressive’?  Or was Krugman not a left-winger back then?  · 0 minutes ago

    The area of economics where Krugman made his name is really apolitical. He may have been personally quite liberal, but kind of like there really isn’t a left or right wing version of mathematics, trade theory isn’t an area where ideology comes into play.

    The thing I find most objectionable about Krugman is that he uses his Nobel prize as authority to support his views on areas where he has no expertise. Too many people don’t recognize how diverse a field of study economics is and they just say, “Krugman won a Nobel in economics, so he must know a lot about taxation.” This is roughly the equivalent of saying, “Dr. Barry Marshall won a Nobel Prize in Medicine* so he is the guy I should go to for my heart bypass.” 

    * Marshall won his Nobel for his work on peptic ulcers

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    @Leigh

    That response is pitch-perfect, a thing of beauty.  

    No anger, gently but pointedly humorous, giving Krugman all the respect he deserves, and effectively restating your point in the meanwhile.

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