Friday, 15 February 2013

Zombies and the Republicans--and Conservative Economics in General

Once again Paul Krugman takes up the battle against the forces of darkness.
"Zombie economic ideas have eaten his brain," he writes in The New York Times, talking about Florida Senator Marco Rubio and his official  Republican reply to Obama's State of the Union address.  

Zombie ideas are  propositions that have "been thoroughly refuted by analysis and evidence, and should be dead — but won’t stay dead because it serves a political purpose, appeals to prejudices, or both," he explains.  Then he details how the Republicans are rewriting history in order to argue that the horrible Great Recession mess we've been living through since 2008 is  due to big government.  The truth, of course, is that free market types are the ones who produced the problem and their solutions--cut, cut, cut--are making things worse wherever they've been tried.

The same kind of argument has been heard here, but luckily a combination of the NDP, federal Liberals and the Bloc Québécois held Harper's feet to the fire back in 2008-2009 and we got a real stimulus package.  It now is time for the forces of clear thinking to work together to drive silver stakes through the hearts of the zombies. 

Note: the photo is from a site featuring zombie costumes.  The scary thing is that they look just like people we know....

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