New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman shares additional thoughts following the “This Week” roundtable on Sunday.
Green Eggs, Ham, and ‘This Week’
So, another roundtable – on a good week for my subjects.
Let me say that in a way I actually admire Bill Kristol’s manful attempt to make the Republicans sound reasonable, and their tactics legitimate. As Matt Dowd made clear, there’s not a hint of reasonableness or legitimacy in all of this. Obamacare is the law, and you don’t hold the nation hostage to prevent laws from being implemented.
I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t get to talk about the actual economics of debt default – not because the audience would necessarily be interested, but because I’ve just spent a bunch of time boning up on Fedwire and all that, and wanted to use all that stuff!
One point I also really wanted to get in was the irony – which a number of bloggers noted – of Ted Cruz reading “Green Eggs And Ham.” The punchline of that book, after all, is that when Sam-I-Am finally gets the speaker to try green eggs and ham, it turns out that he loves them. That is what’s going to happen when Obamacare goes into effect. By 2016 people won’t be listening to propaganda; they’ll know about their niece who couldn’t afford insurance but now can, their brother-in-law who couldn’t get insurance because of a preexisting condition but now can, their friend whose illness would have meant financial catastrophe but for Obamacare.
It’s going to be good. And that’s what thoughtful Republicans – if such creatures exist – should be afraid of.
Krugman also took a minute to explain a personal issue — his recent weight loss. Watch below to learn the secret of the Krugman Diet.
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