Friday, January 22, 2016

Krugman Abroad


For John, BLUFProfessors get special consideration, even when wrong.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



I like to think that Professor Paul Krugman, who writes for The Old Gray Lady, is delusional.  And, I guess that means so are the editors of The Old Gray Lady.  On the other hand, some like him and and thus we got, today, "How Change Happens".  This is Professor Krugman saying that you can't be even handed about the two major political parties here in these United States.  In the mind of Professor Krugman, one is good and the other is evil.
There are still quite a few pundits determined to pretend that America’s two great parties are symmetric — equally unwilling to face reality, equally pushed into extreme positions by special interests and rabid partisans.  It’s nonsense, of course.  Planned Parenthood isn’t the same thing as the Koch brothers, nor is Bernie Sanders the moral equivalent of Ted Cruz.  And there’s no Democratic counterpart whatsoever to Donald Trump.
And, of course he is correct.  Planned Parenthood grew out of a Eugenics view of the human race and a plan to reduce the Black population in the United States.  Today it is still involved in the killing of babies still in the womb.

Fair is fair.  Over three-quarters of Americans believe abortion should be legal.  At the same time over three-quarters think it is wrong.  Those are some numbers to work with.

But back to the article, here is the second paragraph:

Moreover, when self-proclaimed centrist pundits get concrete about the policies they want, they have to tie themselves in knots to avoid admitting that what they’re describing are basically the positions of a guy named Barack Obama.
It think that is just hooey.  If one thinks that President Obama represents the hopes of all then one doesn't understand why Candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are doing so well.  They are, if nothing else, the product of seven years of President Barrack H Obama.

I like to think that Professor Krugman is a product of Princeton University, and if he was here at UMass Lowell he would have a sense of how Americans think.  On the other hand, maybe not.  Maybe the many Professors, Associate Professors and Administrators here at UMass Lowell think like Professor Krugman.  I hope not.

Hat tip to Memeorandum.

Regards  —  Cliff

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