Thursday, June 25, 2009


Paul Krugman on Barack Obama messing up

by Larry Geller

We’re being warned.

In Not Enough Audacity, Paul Krugman warns:

The big question here is whether health care is about to go the way of the stimulus bill.

Obama keeps screwing up, trying to be non-partisan and compromising before he has even negotiated. The guy is compromising with himself:

On one side there’s Barack the Policy Wonk, whose command of the issues — and ability to explain those issues in plain English — is a joy to behold.

But on the other side there’s Barack the Post-Partisan, who searches for common ground where none exists, and whose negotiations with himself lead to policies that are far too weak.

In an article yesterday Krugman warned:

Really bad news on the health care front. After making the case for a public option, and doing it very well, Obama said this:

    “We have not drawn lines in the sand other than that reform has to control costs and that it has to provide relief to people who don’t have health insurance or are underinsured,” Mr. Obama said. “Those are the broad parameters that we’ve discussed.”

There he goes again, gratuitously making a big gift to the other side

Krugman suggests:

Maybe there’s a way to recover from this. But it’s up to the health reform activists to stiffen the administration’s spine….

Speaking of spine, Sen. Bernie Sanders stands taller than most Democrats. Check out his article Stop Health Care Industry Fraud, released today (6/25/2009). His article links to some citations. Good job. Here’s a YouTube video of Sanders in action on this issue (click the little box at the bottom for full screen):


I keep getting emails “signed” by Obama. Too bad he doesn’t read the ones I send him. Maybe he’ll read Krugman in his copy of the NY Times.



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