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sbw

Foist!

narciso

Clearly, someone didn't tell him about Col. Jack O'Neil and the StarGate program.

Jack is Back!

Who owns the rights to Orson Welles' intellectual property?

Charlie (Colorado)

I think Krugman is drinking early.

BTW, to be fair, Krugman is a long time science fiction fan; he even wrote an early piece on the economics of interstellar trade.

Janet

I thought Krugman believed the problem was rich, white trash?

macphisto

prominent commentators who support the regime are promoting the idea that war would be good for the economy. welcome to 1936.

macphisto

but when things are all over, there'll be LOTS of work in the building trades. for the survivors.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

And to think Krugman is still teaching impressionable Princeton students. Sheesh. At least now thanks to TM I better understand that demonic gleam in his eyes.

narciso

'Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos'

Janet

If you look at that video I linked...he is such a schlub. You just know he has gravy stains on his sweater.
Has he signed on with the vegan Let's Move program?

Porchlight

Super, way way OT but inspiring:

Polish Cathedral of Salt

Three salt miners carved this church entirely of salt, deep in the earth in a Polish mine. Even the chandeliers. Incredible.

macphisto

i've seen a television piece on the salt church...it may have been on the Modern Marvels episode on salt and salt mining. it really is quite remarkable.

Back to the salt mine.

Icon of our time.
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Threadkiller

Henry Morgenthau, Jr. was the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury during the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He played a major role in designing and financing the New Deal.

“Morgenthau believed in balanced budgets, stable currency, reduction of the national debt, and the need for more private investment. The Wagner Act regarding labor unions met Morgenthau’s requirement because it strengthened the party’s political base and involved no new spending. Morgenthau accepted Roosevelt’s double budget as legitimate — that is, a balanced regular budget, and an “emergency” budget for agencies, like the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Public Works Administration (PWA) and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), that would be temporary until full recovery was at hand. He fought against the veterans’ bonus until Congress finally overrode Roosevelt’s veto and gave out $2.2 billion in 1936.
In the 1937 "Depression within the Depression," Morgenthau was unable to persuade Roosevelt to desist from continued deficit spending. Roosevelt continued to push for more spending, and Morganthau promoted a balanced budget. On November 10, 1937, Morgenthau gave a speech to the Academy of Political Science at New York's Hotel Astor, in which he noted that the Depression had required deficit spending, but that the government needed to cut spending to revive the economy. In his speech, he said:[5]

"We want to see private business expand. … We believe that one of the most important ways of achieving these ends at this time is to continue progress toward a balance of the federal budget."

His biggest success was the new Social Security program; he reversed the proposals to fund it from general revenue and insisted it be funded by new taxes on employees. Morgenthau insisted on excluding farm workers and domestic servants from Social Security because workers outside industry would not be paying their way.[6] He questioned the value of the deficit spending that had not reduced unemployment and only added debt:[7]
"We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. And I have just one interest, and if I am wrong … somebody else can have my job. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises. … I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started. … And an enormous debt to boot."[8]

Oh well, I guess we are better off waiting for Space Invaders. At least that would start a new round of “Natural Born” questions.

PaulV

Clearly the US was recoverying before the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor. By exporting war material to the Allies starting in 1938 it had become the Merchant of Death. It was not deficit spending that did it, it was spending the UK & France that primed pump.

I see a break in the reef.

Give me butter or give me guns.
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Kevin B

Over at W.M.Briggs blog he asked his commenters for predictions for 2011. Mine were fairly tame: Part two of the double dip would be a doozy and the lizards beings who rule us all would finally be unmasked.

Now this idiot Krugman tells me that in order to avoid the former, we must welcome the latter.

And people called me crazy.

Army of Davids

Stagflation and Malaise

Welcome Back Kotter

Ain't we lucky we got em.....Good Times!

MayBee

Obama doesn't really talk about rebuilding the foundation for a new America anymore, does he.

Threadkiller

That is because he already rebuilt it.

cathyf

Looks to me like the Depression was just impossible to measure during the war -- and what really was required to end it was the death of Franklin D. "President For Life" Roosevelt. Once Truman was president the Depression was over...

Sharon

Now you understand the push for green jobs. The left has framed the debate as a "war" against the environment.

lyle

Anyone catch this little nugget in the letters section of the weekend WSJ? To wit:

"Arrogance is the art taking pride in one'e stupidity."

- Goethe (apocryphally)

Apropos of nothing I guess but not completely unrelated to Krugman.

lyle

Aargh. "one's"

Richard Aubrey

If we're going to spend money, might as well spend it on military items. That way, we have them if we need them, and if we have them if we need them various buttheads may decide not to bother.
So it will look like we didn't need them.
But defense plants are a lot more shovel-ready than the bulk of the stuff the stimplan didn't actually start.

MayBee

Obama's talking. He's happy to be out of Washington.
Also pointing out that unlike Bush who caused all the problems in the world when he was president, Obama has all these world problems being thrown in his way.

glasater

From Squawk Box Europe early this AM:

Return to the Gold Standard?

MayBee

And Obama (or "we") had put forward a plan that would have addressed deficits and removed instability for years to come. But the Republicans put politics over party.

MayBee

If Congress passes patent reform, someone could create another Google and Microsoft. Right now.

MayBee

America needs to live within its means.

If there are "some programs" that should be cut, let's cut 'em.
If there is "some redtape" let's get rid of it.

Then we get rid of loopholes for millionaires and billionairs and "take on" long term costs of health care?

This problem would be taken care of tomorrow!

-- this is our President, ladies and gentlemen

MayBee

Next big idea: increase taxes on people like Warren Buffet!

(what is that? like 3 people?)

Jack is Back!

MayBee,

You have an admirable "constitution" to be able to listen to JEF and not make barf bags a scarcity.

MayBee

Idiot.

In his house, he couldn't tell Michelle she can't go out shopping and buy new shoes and buy new dresses, but he can keep his golf clubs, that wouldn't be compromise.

That's what Congress needs to do.

He knows the difference between keeping what you already have and spending more on new things, right?

MayBee

JiB- notice how I foist him on you guys, even though nobody really asked me to? That's how I deal with it.

I wish Jane were watching this.

MayBee

He does not mention how much we could save if the US taxpayers didn't have to pay for this new bus and his presidential campaign.

Extraneus

-- this is our President, ladies and gentlemen

An embarrassment even before you wince at the thought of foreigners listening to his b.s.

MayBee

First questioner:

"As a young voter, thank you President Obama for making me believe things will be good again someday"

Talk about faint praise!

Then she asks about green energy.

Jane

I watched. Did you notice the problem he had with TOTUS? He practically had to turn to the back to see it on his left. The poor guy may have whiplash.

Jane

So does he actually ever travel on the bus? Or does he fly and then take a limo in front of it?

MayBee

It was worse than I thought it would be.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

I gave up after TOTUS kept repeating the SOS. Did the cameras ever show the size of the audience?

DebinNC

I wonder if Obama's Misery Tour is using one of the 2 new $1M+ taxpayer-bought buses, supposedly, for the Dem and Rep nominees to use in 2012? LUN

MayBee

Deb- yes, that's the bus he's using.

DebinNC

"Hundreds are gathered" to hear Obama per local KCCV tv. Who got tickets?.."On Sunday, people started lining up for tickets around 2 a.m. It took only an hour to run out of the free tickets when organizers started handing them out Sunday afternoon."

Threadkiller

Gives new meaning to roach coach. He could have saved money and bought a used corporate jet.

DebinNC

Politico is all over Obama's new "modest ride". It's a bus, it's so black it doesn't appear to have windows, and there's no writing on it at all. No mention of its cost. Thank goodness, our media watchdogs never sleep.

Threadkiller

"The Buck Bus Stops Here"

bgates

Next big idea: increase taxes on people like Warren Buffet!

Mr Buffet has said repeatedly that he would be perfectly willing to contribute more of his fortune to the federal government, provided only that it consents to threaten him with imprisonment for the rest of his life if he refuses.

glasater

From the little dab that was on CNBC of Zero's end of the speech, the video shot is pretty 'tight' in that not much of the size of the attendees shows in the frame.
This a typical way of making the crowd look bigger than it is.
The talking heads sounded underwhelmed in their reporting of the event.

centralcal

Just for you DebinNC: here is fairly good photo link of the bus:

Obama's Black Bus

centralcal

Also, for those of you interested in crowd size of the event, the bus link has other photos in grid format below, that will give you some idea that the turnout was underwhelming.

narciso

I was reminded of this from Hitchhiker's Guide:

Probably inside, when you press one of the black controls labelled in black on a black background a little light lights up black to let you know you've done it.

Porchlight

Is it just me or does the bus look scary?

I don't think it's going to make the right impression.

Porchlight

I mean, the hoped-for impression. "Scary" and "intimidating" works just fine for me, presonally.

DebinNC

Whoa, cc, that thing's huge. How in the world did they get it there? Obama can take a nap or eat a five-course meal when not watching ESPN on his giant screen tv.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

It is not just you, Porch. It looks like a bus Don Vito Corleone would have felt right at home riding in. All it needs is button men following closely in their black, bullet proof SUV'S.

Extraneus

It does look a bit unfriendly, now that you mention it.

Extraneus

Surely they won't have SS guys in shades exit before Obama does.

Dave (in MA)

___Instalanche___

centralcal

ha ha, funny you should mention eating on the bus - Mark Knoller just tweeted:

Pres. Obama stopped his buscapade at a deli in Cannon Falls for lunch. Hope they have valet parking.

From what I am seeing on Twitter from the MFM guys, it doesn't appear any of his cheerleaders are too impressed.

MayBee

So will the Republican nominee get to paint it how he wants it?

I'm guessing we'll be able to tell when Obama is campaigning and when he's presidenting by whether or not they've slapped an "O" sign on the side of the bus.

centralcal

Here is a sampling of two head cheerleaders earlier today:

@chucktodd MT @jdickerson: president on a political bus tour which he says isn't political where he will tell Republicans to stop behaving politically.

Captain Hate

I don't think it's going to make the right impression.

Maybe it's white on the other side.

Threadkiller

Think the Republi-Bus has been bugged?

The Trojan Greyhound.

MarkO

I hope to God he's not in the back of the bus.

centralcal

Here is a great shot of the Cannon Falls townhall. Not a big group at all.

Sheesh, can't Obummer get a decent tailor? Look at those pants puddled around his ankles!

Extraneus

Maybe it's white on the other side.

Heh.

Captain Hate

Incredible cc; they look like they were bought for somebody taller. Maybe he's shrinking before our eyes in reality as well as metaphorically.

Funny how he's avoiding Wisconsin on this trip. I'm sure it's just an oversight.

apb

Romer - wasn't that the worthless, sack-of-fat edu-tard that stated unemployment would cap at 8% if we spent a trillion (including interest) we didn't have?

MayBee

I think this bus trip may be too cynical even for the press.

Jane

The crowd was huge: In Cannon Falls, along the leafy banks of the Cannon River, several hundred people attended the town-hall style meeting

Well not quite the size of a small tea party rally, but who is counting?

Extraneus

Yay!

Were there a hundred people there?

mark l.

paul krugman...
1. we need to spend without regard to debt, to create growth.

2. we need to tax people, now, without regard to the effects on growth, to show that we can pay for things.

my basic problem with krugman is that his positions on spending/debt, growth, and taxes are a textbook example of cognitive dissonance.

Threadkiller

--"Were there a hundred people there?"--

Naw, that bus couldn't hold more than forty.

Captain Hate

Paulie Peanuts has obviously lost it and needs an intervention. Unfortunately he's indistinguishable from those around him at his workplace.

Ron Coleman

Come on, Krugman, are you an economist or not?

"Assume an alien invasion...."

Jane

Watching him give that speech you would not have thought there was one person directly in front of him. The totus handlers were clearly expecting a bigger crowd.

Porchlight

HuffPoo is making fun of the couple of dozen Tea Party protesters at the event. Not going to link; wouldn't be prudent.

Porchlight

Ha, Ron Coleman!

centralcal

uh oh, Sarah Palin, painted her tonails polkadot for Iowa State Fair

Lefties (Sullivan) went nuts.

mark l.

"space aliens"

will they be taking the jobs that even our illegal aliens don't want?

mark l.

actually, forget space aliens taking jobs...
will we be required to educate their children and provide free healthcare?

talk about 'cloward-piven' from outer space...

Barry Dauphin

Perhaps Krugman is a space alien. He overlooks that if we were successful in our defense, we would get relief from the space alien threat but there is no reason to have that kind of build up without the space alien threat. Being safe from space aliens would be great with or without inflation.

Is he suggesting we manufacture a threat and then spend money on it (gee, break a window and then repair it-- oh that's it, the London riots were simply a Krugman stimulus program!).

What we can hope for is that the space aliens destroy other countries and then we can make money building them back up. One of our demands in the armistice is that they take Krugman back with them.

DANEgerus

O-bombing Libya wasn't stimulus enough?

narciso

He is following the Spinal Tap 'more selective audience' rule, god that is pitiful.

Ernest

Did Krugman really advise Enron?

If so, when and for how long?

In what ways?

Was he on the board?

I am ignorant of this and wish some of those commentators with illustrious intelligence and learning to please educate me since I have stupidly missed some important connection.

I do remember that Bush/Co, both before that presidency and during it was a favorite cause to be supported by Enron and that as a return of favor Enron was given the chance to help chose many of those patriotic Americans whose job was to regulate it's trades.

Some of us who lived in California at that time still remember. My GOP brother-in-law was going ballistic at the time because he lived in San Diego, an area where the cost of energy suddenly shot up, Of corse he blamed the Davis administration being the good GOP foot soldier.

Eventually we even elected a "governator", but sadly even he could not influence my brother-in to embrace the realities of that situation. For once the "ratings" agencies solved the problem for us and I detect by the tone of the article that that was a good thing after all since it shut down a criminally run operation.

Rumor has it that Bush/Co was a sadder place to work at after that. They went into morning and attempted to forget that their good friend had ever existed due to the shock of that loss.

In the area Pasadena where the municipality owned the power utility, we did not even notice scam in our bills. The People of Pasadena were protected, praise be to God.

Again I am only visiting to request an education concerning Krugman's involvement with Enron, any info, or lack of it will be greatly appreciated.

narciso

From Discover the Networks:


In 1999 Krugman was part of an Enron Corporation board that paid him $50,000. In 1999, as journalist Andrew Sullivan has reported, Krugman wrote an article praising Enron's free-wheeling entrepreneurial structure. (Enron would later collapse amid scandal and charges of financial wrongdoing. Thereafter distancing himself from the disgraced company, Krugman in a 2001 column would describe the aforementioned board as "an advisory panel that had no function that I was aware of.")

Nate Whilk

Paul Krugman wears a bra on his face in public at the 2009 Ig Nobel awards (the bra converts into a gas mask).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kxf3HK21BWI#t=3m10s

Extraneus

In Krugman's Wiki page he says he only got $37K, which was mere pocket change to a man of his towering stature, since he gets $20K per hour for speeches.

Dave

Very, very lame response to Krugman. The best you can do is cite "Karl" at Patterico and Amity Shlaes? Try viewing the entire segment - here. It's actually a pretty interesting discussion. Although perhaps not if you're humor challenged.

Ranger

Krugman's relationship with Enron was the classic credentialed moron scam. Krugman sold his name to Enron for $50 K a year. In return, Enron got to put Krugman's name on all its company sales pitch stuff as an economic advisor to the company. Krugman's actual participation with the company was a once every 3 month expense paid weekend with a bunch of other credentialed morons that was called something like a "strategic ecnomic advisors board meeting." Not quite as demanding as being a Fannie/Freddie board member like Rahm, but those higher paying gigs went to former Dem politicla operatives, which is one step higher up on the credentialed moron scale.

Ranger

Oh, and I just want to be absolutely clear on the argument being made by Krugman. Borrowing $1 Trillion to fight a real war does serious harm to the economy, but borrowing $2-3 trillion to prepare for a pretend war against space aliens would be great for the economy right now. The obvious answer is to spend $2-3 trillion on a real war right now!

Extraneus

Rush Limbaugh calls Krugman "ferret-like," and I won't quibble with that, but Krugman will always have his defenders. Why? Because his heart is in the right place.

Cutting taxes (otherwise known as "increased spending in the tax code") is bad, because it means less money confiscated from people who earn it in productive endeavors; but government spending - even on wasteful do-nothing fantasies - is good. Simple, and possibly even brilliant. $20K per hour is a bargain for this genius.

THE ONION: Should The Government Stop Dumping Money Into A Giant Hole?

KRUGMAN: No way!

Captain Hate

It's actually a pretty interesting discussion. Although perhaps not if you're humor challenged.

We'd already discussed it in the comment section previously and found it wanting in just about everything. Including humor.

narciso

Ace, before he became all verklempt in his next fur regrafting post , made the Krugman comparison to Adrian Veldt, the mastermind
in Watchmen, who engineers a phony alien
invasion to avert WW 3, that was one movie
I really wanted to walk out of btw.

Captain Hate

Oh dear God narc; it looks like the Ewok, AllahBeta and Poppin' were wined and dined by TOP MEN and given an advance peek at the Iowa crop report. I almost get as big a charge out of the way Sarah screws with those idiots' noggins as what she does to El JEFe's. I think ace is batting a perfect .000 on all things Palin.

Chubby

((uh oh, Sarah Palin, painted her tonails polkadot for Iowa State Fair))

she must have visited the Redneck Beauty Salon

Kathy Kinsley

Yanno, I've read a number SF books based on the premise (fairly understandable) that an invasion by aliens of earth would instantly unite earth. (The Arab saying "Me and my brother against my cousin; me, my brother, and my cousin against the other" is fairly universal, even if the rest of us don't have a saying). We all still have tribal leanings, even if sports teams have displaced clans in most of the west...

But... I don't think it would cure the economy too.

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