In One Eye

Monday, May 23, 2005
The problem with writing about the Bushies is that, after a time, one really doesn't have much to say, so foolish is their outlook on life and so repetitive are their ludicrous actions. I know that I'm certainly experiencing this phenomenon, and I suspect that other people—much more learned than I—are also feeling this way.

One case in point is Paul Krugman, who has been relentless in his bashing of the Bushies' moronic economic policies since before the 2000 election. Yet, nothing really has changed. In fact, it appears as if the Bushies just keep getting more and more economically obtuse. As a result, Krugman has to repeat his accusations ad infinitum. Fortunately, he's able to do so with a verve that continues.

His best line from today:
At a gala dinner in his honor, Tom DeLay cited his party's recent achievements: "bankruptcy reform, class-action reform, energy, border security, repealing the death tax." All of these measures are either irrelevant to or actively hostile to the economic security of working Americans.
Krugman supplies a thesis regarding what we're going through.
[M]aybe 2004 was 1928. During the 1920's, the national government followed doctrinaire conservative policies, but reformist policies that presaged the New Deal were already bubbling up in the states, especially in New York.

In 1928 Al Smith, the governor of New York, was defeated in an ugly presidential campaign in which Protestant preachers warned their flocks that a vote for the Catholic Smith was a vote for the devil. But four years later F.D.R. took office, and the New Deal began.

Of course, the coming of the New Deal was hastened by a severe national depression. Strange to say, we may be working on that, too.
While this theory may seem a bit far fetched, it takes up space that Krugman might have more and more trouble filling.