Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Krugman Takes on Unserious Republicans

In his latest blog entry, Paul Krugman skewers the Republicans in Congress who posture about "waste" in government, but have done and continue to do nothing serious to cut waste:
Unserious People

Now that’s pathetic. Via Steve Benen, Eric Cantor is calling on the public to “vote” on spending cuts — like eliminating $1 million, that’s right, $1 million — in HUD dissertation grants. Because nothing does more to ensure that taxpayer money is well spent than making sure that nobody actually studies what works and what doesn’t.

As Benen points out, however, the real story here is that the sums involved are ludicrously trivial; eliminating everything on Cantor’s list would amount to a rounding error on federal spending.

Meanwhile, of, course, the GOP went wild against real efforts to control spending, crying “death panels.”

The truth is that it has always been like this. Ever since Reagan, the conservative approach has been to talk about the need for smaller government, but refuse to offer any serious proposals for spending cuts, pretending instead that there are large sums being wasted on things nobody wants.
The Republicans are like a guy standing in front of a house fully engulfed in flames screaming "we have to put this fire out now!" while he runs back and forth with a thimble filling it with a garden hose and runs over and tosses the few drops on the raging flames.

The Republicans make look good in a news cast close-up with their slogans and the passion in their face, but as the camera pulls back and you see them running around with thimbles, you catch on that they don't mean what they say. They are just posturing for the political points.

By the way... the problem in the US isn't so much "waste" in spending as it is "waste in tax policies". They don't tax those who should be paying for government because they benefit the most from government, the rich. The waste is a waste of opportunity to put in place sound government that functions well on behalf of all citizens, not just the top 1%.

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