The Edwards Effect

be Paul Krugman

So John Edwards has dropped out of the race for the presidency. By normal political standards, his campaign fell short.

But Mr. Edwards, far more than is usual in modern politics, ran a campaign based on ideas. And even as his personal quest for the White House faltered, his ideas triumphed: both candidates left standing are, to a large extent, running on the platform Mr. Edwards built.

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Same Old Party

By Paul Krugman

“There have been a number of articles recently that portray President Bush as someone who strayed from the path of true conservatism. Republicans, these articles say, need to return to their roots.

“Well, I don’t know what true conservatism is, but…Mr. Bush hasn’t strayed from the path at all. On the contrary, he’s the very model of a modern movement conservative.

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“Now, as they survey the wreckage of their cause, conservatives may ask themselves: “Well, how did we get here?” They may tell themselves: “This is not my beautiful Right.” They may ask themselves: “My God, what have we done?”

“But their movement is the same as it ever was. And Mr. Bush is movement conservatism’s true, loyal heir.”

Published in: on October 8, 2007 at 11:32 am  Leave a Comment  

Conservatives Are Such Jokers

By Paul Krugman

In 1960, John F. Kennedy, who had been shocked by the hunger he saw in West Virginia, made the fight against hunger a theme of his presidential campaign. After his election he created the modern food stamp program, which today helps millions of Americans get enough to eat.

But Ronald Reagan thought the issue of hunger in the world’s richest nation was nothing but a big joke. Here’s what Reagan said in his famous 1964 speech “A Time for Choosing,” which made him a national political figure: “We were told four years ago that 17 million people went to bed hungry each night. Well, that was probably true. They were all on a diet.”

Published in: on October 5, 2007 at 1:25 pm  Comments (1)  

An Immoral Philosophy


By PAUL KRUGMAN

Published: July 30, 2007

When a child is enrolled in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (Schip), the positive results can be dramatic. For example, after asthmatic children are enrolled in Schip, the frequency of their attacks declines on average by 60 percent, and their likelihood of being hospitalized for the condition declines more than 70 percent.

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The Sum of Some Fears

By PAUL KRUGMAN

Published: July 27, 2007

Yesterday’s scary ride in the markets wasn’t a full-fledged panic. The interest rate on 10-year U.S. government bonds — a much better indicator than stock prices of what investors think will happen to the economy — fell sharply, but even so, it ended the day higher than its level as recently as mid-May, and well above its levels earlier in the year. This tells us that investors still consider a recession, which would cause the Fed to cut interest rates, fairly unlikely.

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The French Connections

By PAUL KRUGMAN

Published: July 23, 2007

There was a time when everyone thought that the Europeans and the Japanese were better at business than we were. In the early 1990s airport bookstores were full of volumes with samurai warriors on their covers, promising to teach you the secrets of Japanese business success. Lester Thurow’s 1992 book, “Head to Head: The Coming Economic Battle Among Japan, Europe and America,” which spent more than six months on the Times best-seller list, predicted that Europe would win.

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Published in: on July 22, 2007 at 9:58 pm  Comments (1)  

All the President’s Enablers

In a coordinated public relations offensive, the White House is using reliably friendly pundits — amazingly, they still exist — to put out the word that President Bush is as upbeat and confident as ever. It might even be true.

By PAUL KRUGMAN

Published: July 20, 2007

 

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The Waiting Game

By PAUL KRUGMAN
Published: July 16, 2007

Being without health insurance is no big deal. Just ask President Bush. “I mean, people have access to health care in America,” he said last week. “After all, you just go to an emergency room.”

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An Unjustified Privilege

By PAUL KRUGMAN

During the 2000 presidential campaign, Ralph Nader mocked politicians of both parties as “Republicrats,” equally subservient to corporations and the wealthy. It was nonsense, of course: the modern G.O.P. is so devoted to the cause of making the rich richer that it makes even the most business-friendly Democrats look like F.D.R.


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Published in: on July 12, 2007 at 11:46 pm  Comments (1)  

The Murdoch Factor

by Paul Krugman

In October 2003, the nonpartisan Program on International Policy Attitudes published a study titled “Misperceptions, the media and the Iraq war.” It found that 60 percent of Americans believed at least one of the following: clear evidence had been found of links between Iraq and Al Qaeda; W.M.D. had been found in Iraq; world public opinion favored the U.S. going to war with Iraq.

Published in: on June 29, 2007 at 6:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

America Comes Up Short

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So what is America’s modern height lag telling us?

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Published in: on June 14, 2007 at 10:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Authentic? Never Mind

June 11, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Rich liberals who claim they’ll help America’s less fortunate are phonies.

Let me give you one example — a Democrat who said he’d work on behalf of workers and the poor. He even said he’d take on Big Business. But the truth is that while he was saying those things, he was living in a big house and had a pretty lavish summer home too. His favorite recreation, sailing, was incredibly elitist. And he didn’t talk like a regular guy.

Clearly, this politician wasn’t authentic. His name? Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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Published in: on June 10, 2007 at 10:52 pm  Comments (6)  

Lies, Sighs and Politics

June 8, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

In Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate, Mitt Romney completely misrepresented how we ended up in Iraq. Later, Mike Huckabee mistakenly claimed that it was Ronald Reagan’s birthday.

Guess which remark The Washington Post identified as the “gaffe of the night”? (more…)

Published in: on June 7, 2007 at 10:56 pm  Comments (5)  

Obama in Second Place

June 4, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

One of the lessons journalists should have learned from the 2000 election campaign is that what a candidate says about policy isn’t just a guide to his or her thinking about a specific issue — it’s the best way to get a true sense of the candidate’s character. (more…)

Immigrants and Politics

May 25, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

A piece of advice for progressives trying to figure out where they stand on immigration reform: it’s the political economy, stupid. Analyzing the direct economic gains and losses from proposed reform isn’t enough. You also have to think about how the reform would affect the future political environment. (more…)

Published in: on May 24, 2007 at 10:58 pm  Comments (25)  

Fear of Eating

May 21, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Yesterday I did something risky: I ate a salad.

These are anxious days at the lunch table. For all you know, there may be E. coli on your spinach, salmonella in your peanut butter and melamine in your pet’s food and, because it was in the feed, in your chicken sandwich.
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Published in: on May 20, 2007 at 11:15 pm  Comments (5)  

Don’t Blame Bush

May 18, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

I’ve been looking at the race for the Republican presidential nomination, and I’ve come to a disturbing conclusion: maybe we’ve all been too hard on President Bush. (more…)

Published in: on May 18, 2007 at 12:10 am  Comments (4)  

Gilded Once More

April 27, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

One of the distinctive features of the modern American right has been nostalgia for the late 19th century, with its minimal taxation, absence of regulation and reliance on faith-based charity rather than government social programs. Conservatives from Milton Friedman to Grover Norquist have portrayed the Gilded Age as a golden age, dismissing talk of the era’s injustice and cruelty as a left-wing myth.
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Published in: on April 26, 2007 at 11:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Plot Against Medicare

April 20, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

The plot against Social Security failed: President Bush’s attempt to privatize the system crashed and burned when the public realized what he was up to. But the plot against Medicare is faring better: the stealth privatization embedded in the Medicare Modernization Act, which Congress literally passed in the dead of night back in 2003, is proceeding apace. (more…)

Published in: on April 19, 2007 at 10:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Way Off Base

April 16, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Normally, politicians face a difficult tradeoff between taking positions that satisfy their party’s base and appealing to the broader public. You can see that happening right now to the Republicans: to have a chance of winning the party’s nomination, Republican presidential hopefuls have to take far-right positions on Iraq and social issues that will cost them a lot of votes in the general election. (more…)

Published in: on April 16, 2007 at 12:14 am  Comments (6)  

For God’s Sake

April 13, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

In 1981, Gary North, a leader of the Christian Reconstructionist movement — the openly theocratic wing of the Christian right — suggested that the movement could achieve power by stealth. “Christians must begin to organize politically within the present party structure,” he wrote, “and they must begin to infiltrate the existing institutional order.” (more…)

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Sweet Little Lies

April 9, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Four years into a war fought to eliminate a nonexistent threat, we all have renewed appreciation for the power of the Big Lie: people tend to believe false official claims about big issues, because they can’t picture their leaders being dishonest about such things.
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The Great Wealth Transfer

It’s the biggest untold economic story of our time: more of the nation’s bounty held in fewer and fewer hands. And Bush’s tax cuts are only making the problem worse

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Published in: on April 2, 2007 at 10:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Emerging Republican Minority

March 26, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Remember how the 2004 election was supposed to have demonstrated, once and for all, that conservatism was the future of American politics? I do: early in 2005, some colleagues in the news media urged me, in effect, to give up. “The election settled some things,” I was told. (more…)

Published in: on March 25, 2007 at 11:00 pm  Comments (6)  

Don’t Cry for Reagan

March 19, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

As the Bush administration sinks deeper into its multiple quagmires, the personality cult the G.O.P. once built around President Bush has given way to nostalgia for the good old days. The current cover of Time magazine shows a weeping Ronald Reagan, and declares that Republicans “need to reclaim the Reagan legacy.”
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Published in: on March 18, 2007 at 9:55 pm  Comments (2)  

Overblown Personnel Matters

March 12, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Nobody is surprised to learn that the Justice Department was lying when it claimed that recently fired federal prosecutors were dismissed for poor performance. Nor is anyone surprised to learn that White House political operatives were pulling the strings.
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Published in: on March 11, 2007 at 11:22 pm  Comments (2)  

How to Save the Middle Class from Extinction

Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman explains in simple terms how the American economy went from having the world’s most dynamic middle class to being on the verge of a rich-poor state in only 30 years.

Published in: on March 10, 2007 at 11:29 pm  Comments (1)  

Valor and Squalor

March 5, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

When Salon, the online magazine, reported on mistreatment of veterans at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center two years ago, officials simply denied that there were any problems. And they initially tried to brush off last month’s exposé in The Washington Post. (more…)

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The Big Meltdown

March 2, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

FEB. 27, 2008

The great market meltdown of 2007 began exactly a year ago, with a 9 percent fall in the Shanghai market, followed by a 416-point slide in the Dow. But as in the previous global financial crisis, which began with the devaluation of Thailand’s currency in the summer of 1997, it took many months before people realized how far the damage would spread.
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Colorless Green Ideas

February 23, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

The factual debate about whether global warming is real is, or at least should be, over. The question now is what to do about it.
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Wrong Is Right

February 19, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Many people are perplexed by the uproar over Senator Hillary Clinton’s refusal to say, as former Senator John Edwards has, that she was wrong to vote for the Iraq war resolution. Why is it so important to admit past error? And yes, it was an error — she may not have intended to cast a vote for war, but the fact is the resolution did lead to war; she may not have believed that President Bush would abuse the power he was granted, but the fact is he did. (more…)

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Scary Movie 2

February 12, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Attacking Iran would be a catastrophic mistake, even if all the allegations now being made about Iranian actions in Iraq are true.
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Published in: on February 11, 2007 at 11:32 pm  Comments (1)  

Edwards Gets It Right

February 9, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

What a difference two years makes! At this point in 2005, the only question seemed to be how much of America’s social insurance system — the triumvirate of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — the Bush administration would manage to dismantle. Now almost all prominent Democrats and quite a few Republicans pay at least lip service to calls for a major expansion of social insurance, in the form of universal health care.
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Published in: on February 8, 2007 at 11:28 pm  Comments (5)  

The Green-Zoning of America

February 5, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

One of the best of the many recent books about the Iraq debacle is Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s “Imperial Life in the Emerald City.” The book tells a tale of hopes squandered in the name of politicization and privatization: key jobs in Baghdad’s Green Zone were assigned on the basis of loyalty rather than know-how, while key functions were outsourced to private contractors.
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Published in: on February 4, 2007 at 11:46 pm  Comments (1)  

Missing Molly Ivins

February 2, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Molly Ivins, the Texas columnist, died of breast cancer on Wednesday. I first met her more than three years ago, when our book tours crossed. She was, as she wrote, “a card-carrying member of The Great Liberal Backlash of 2003, one of the half-dozen or so writers now schlepping around the country promoting books that do not speak kindly of Our Leader’s record.” (more…)

Published in: on February 1, 2007 at 11:05 pm  Comments (6)  

The Sum of All Ears

January 29, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

For those hoping for real action on global warming and energy policy, the State of the Union address was a downer. There had been hints and hopes that the speech would be a Nixon-goes-to-China moment, with President Bush turning conservationist. But it ended up being more of a Nixon-bombs-Cambodia moment. (more…)

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On Being Partisan

January 26, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

American politics is ugly these days, and many people wish things were different. For example, Barack Obama recently lamented the fact that “politics has become so bitter and partisan” — which it certainly has.
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Published in: on January 25, 2007 at 11:52 pm  Comments (2)  

Gold-Plated Indifference

January 22, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

President Bush’s Saturday radio address was devoted to health care, and officials have put out the word that the subject will be a major theme in tomorrow’s State of the Union address. Mr. Bush’s proposal won’t go anywhere. But it’s still worth looking at his remarks, because of what they say about him and his advisers.
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Published in: on January 21, 2007 at 10:28 pm  Comments (2)  

Surging and Purging

January 19, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

There’s something happening here, and what it is seems completely clear: the Bush administration is trying to protect itself by purging independent-minded prosecutors.
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Published in: on January 19, 2007 at 12:15 am  Comments (2)  

The Texas Strategy

January 15, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Hundreds of news articles and opinion pieces have described President Bush’s decision to escalate the Iraq war as a “Hail Mary pass.”

But that’s the wrong metaphor. (more…)

Published in: on January 14, 2007 at 10:39 pm  Comments (5)  

Quagmire of the Vanities

January 8, 2007

By PAUL KRUGMAN

The only real question about the planned “surge” in Iraq — which is better described as a Vietnam-style escalation — is whether its proponents are cynical or delusional.
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Published in: on January 7, 2007 at 11:05 pm  Comments (5)  

First, Do Less Harm

January 5, 2007

By PAUL KRUGMAN

Universal health care, much as we need it, won’t happen until there’s a change of management in the White House. In the meantime, however, Congress can take an important step toward making our health care system less wasteful, by fixing the Medicare Middleman Multiplication Act of 2003.
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Published in: on January 4, 2007 at 10:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Healthy New Year

January 1, 2007

By PAUL KRUGMAN

The U.S. health care system is a scandal and a disgrace. But maybe, just maybe, 2007 will be the year we start the move toward universal coverage.

In 2005, almost 47 million Americans — including more than 8 million children — were uninsured, and many more had inadequate insurance.

Apologists for our system try to minimize the significance of these numbers. Many of the uninsured, asserted the 2004 Economic Report of the President, “remain uninsured as a matter of choice.”
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Published in: on December 31, 2006 at 10:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Failed Revolution

December 29, 2006

By PAUL KRUGMAN

After first attempting to deny the scale of last month’s defeat, the apologists have settled on a story line that sounds just like Marxist explanations for the failure of the Soviet Union. What happened, you see, was that the noble ideals of the Republican revolution of 1994 were undermined by Washington’s corrupting ways. And the recent defeat was a good thing, because it will force a return to the true conservative path.
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Helping the Poor, the British Way

December 25, 2006

By PAUL KRUGMAN

It’s the season for charitable giving. And far too many Americans, particularly children, need that charity.

Scenes of a devastated New Orleans reminded us that many of our fellow citizens remain poor, four decades after L.B.J. declared war on poverty. But I’m not sure whether people understand how little progress we’ve made. (more…)

Published in: on December 24, 2006 at 10:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Democrats and the Deficit

December 22, 2006
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Now that the Democrats have regained some power, they have to decide what to do. One of the biggest questions is whether the party should return to Rubinomics — the doctrine, associated with former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, that placed a very high priority on reducing the budget deficit.
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Published in: on December 22, 2006 at 9:45 am  Comments (1)  

Outsourcer in Chief

December 11, 2006
By PAUL KRUGMAN

According to U.S. News & World Report, President Bush has told aides that he won’t respond in detail to the Iraq Study Group’s report because he doesn’t want to “outsource” the role of commander in chief.
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Published in: on December 10, 2006 at 10:32 pm  Comments (2)  

They Told You So

By PAUL KRUGMAN

Shortly after U.S. forces marched into Baghdad in 2003, The Weekly Standard published a jeering article titled, “The Cassandra Chronicles: The stupidity of the antiwar doomsayers.” Among those the article mocked was a “war novelist” named James Webb, who is now the senator-elect from Virginia.

The article’s title was more revealing than its authors knew. People forget the nature of Cassandra’s curse: although nobody would believe her, all her prophecies came true.
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Published in: on December 7, 2006 at 11:54 pm  Comments (15)  

Two More Years

December 4, 2006

By PAUL KRUGMAN

At a reception following the midterm election, President Bush approached Senator-elect James Webb.

“How’s your boy?” asked Mr. Bush.

“I’d like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President,” replied Mr. Webb, whose son, a Marine lance corporal, is risking his life in Mr. Bush’s war of choice.

“That’s not what I asked you,” the president snapped. “How’s your boy?”

“That’s between me and my boy, Mr. President,” said Mr. Webb.
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Published in: on December 3, 2006 at 11:25 pm  Comments (1)  

Yay! Paul Krugman is back from vacation!

Economic Storm Signals

By PAUL KRUGMAN

“It’s tough to make predictions,” Yogi Berra is supposed to have said, “especially about the future.” Actually, his remark makes perfect sense to economists, who sometimes have trouble making predictions about the present. And this is one of those times.

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Published in: on December 1, 2006 at 12:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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