Getting in the Last Word

I generally don’t watch the Sunday morning shows, since they are such a rigged forum with such a limited range of what can be said, and I watched a bit this morning just to see what kind of spin they were putting on the whole debt thing. So I was watching This Week with Christiane Amanpour, with a round table including Paul Krugman, George Will, and Grover Nordquist. It’s just sad watching George Will anymore. He just looks defeated as he repeats the right wing talking points he’s sold out to. In the same breath he can crow about how we need more tax cuts and that the reason we’re in this mess is because of TARP, Cash for Clunkers, and the Stimulus (which of course was half tax cuts, as that is the only way they could get the needed Republican votes to pass it). So which is it George, tax cuts work or they don’t. You just look silly trying to have it both ways in the same sentence.
The best part of the show was right at the end of the round table, when Grover went on and on about how they have made some progress and they will never again let tax increases like happened in 1982 and 1992 and how wonderful it was that we’ve come this far and pushed the debate this far to the right. Krugman got the last word pointing out the facts that our problems have all started since 2000 when we went crazy with tax cuts and that in fact before that the tax hike of 1992 led to a surplus and a roaring economy and it was the very things Grover was so happy would never happen again that had led us to good times in the past. Before we could even see the look on Grover’s face, Christiane said, we have to leave it there, and they went to commercial.
Have to love it to see Krugman get the last word and slam Grover and George with, you know, facts.


About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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