‘rumors and trial balloons’

Paul Krugman (NYT): ….I liked the way Obama made a case for government at the beginning. I liked the way he accused Republicans of pessimism, of abandoning a hopeful vision of America. Good that he went after the Ryan plan – and good that he went after the cruelty of that plan. If you ask me, too many percentages. Oh, and whichever speechwriter came up with “win the future” should be sent to count yurts in Outer Mongolia.

Substance: Much better than many of us feared. Hardly any Bowles-Simpson — yay!

…Overall, way better than the rumors and trial balloons. I can live with this. And whatever the pundits may say, it was much, much more serious than the Ryan “plan”.

Update: The Times has a good side-by-side comparison. A world of difference — and Obama made the moral as well as practical case for his version.

Full post here


“Way better than the rumors and trial balloons”? And who released a whole bunch of those rumors and trial balloons in to the atmosphere before the President’s speech today? Yep, Paul Krugman.

It’s hard not to respect a man of his credentials, but he always seems so disappointed when the President rises above his rock-bottom expectations.

4 Responses to “‘rumors and trial balloons’”

  1. 1 Fred
    April 14, 2011 at 1:03 am

    These people are not happy unless they have something to complain…..errr write about. I might have some sympathy for them if they weren’t part of the 1% who make far too much money, pay far too little taxes, and therefore have no real skin in the left’s game. One could argue some are more motivated by the Republican’s plan to lower their taxes which could be influencing their rants. It’s not much of a stretch to connect those dots.

  2. 3 anniebella
    April 14, 2011 at 3:28 am

    That Krugman guy have got some nerve. These people like him and Ed, Rachel, O’Donnell, the characters at MSNBC, I have reached my boiling point with them. I’m fed up with them and their attitude toward this President.

    • 4 Puddin'
      April 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      anniebella…I’m with you (and so many others). I lost alittle respect for Rachel when she and that Dan Choi pulled that contrived DADT fiasco. I got tired of Keith way before he left. I don’t appreciate Ed’s loud mouth and O’Donnell thinks he knows it all…and they criticize FAUX NEWS! HA!

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