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Krugman Speaks! – Pacific Research Institute

Krugman Speaks!

And then there is the grand finale, the intellectual coup de grace, the crowning glory of KrugmanThink: “Given the combination of G.O.P. extremism and corporate power, it’s now doubtful whether health reform, even if we get it — which is by no means certain — will be anywhere near as good as Nixon’s proposal, even though Democrats control the White House and have a large Congressional majority.”

So there we have it: The Democrats control the Beltway, but “lobbying and lies” have worked their magic. The lobbyists and the right-wing fringe have gotten to the centrist Democrats, who don’t know lies when they encounter them. It’s a huge conspiracy designed to deny health care to the masses. The only thing missing is a grassy knoll.

Now, let me be blunt: This argument is shameless in its dishonesty even by Krugman standards. All those seniors and others deeply concerned about their future health care needs? They are the right-wing fringe. All those lobbyists — Phrma and AHIP and the AMA and the AHA, ad infinitum — that the White House and the Congressional Democrats have coopted? They are tools of the Republicans. Etc.

And so I have a simple question: Does the New York Times op-ed page have any editors at all? Just asking.

Benjamin Zycher is a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute.

This blog post originally appeared on National Review’s Critical Condition.

Nothing contained in this blog is to be construed as necessarily reflecting the views of the Pacific Research Institute or as an attempt to thwart or aid the passage of any legislation.

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