Lion of the Blogosphere

Paul Krugman sort of supports Trump, hates Carly

Paul Krugman says this about Trump:

The only candidate talking sense about economics was, yes, Donald Trump, who declared that “we’ve had a graduated tax system for many years, so it’s not a socialistic thing.”

About foreign policy:

If the discussion of economics was alarming, the discussion of foreign policy was practically demented. Almost all the candidates seem to believe that American military strength can shock-and-awe other countries into doing what we want without any need for negotiations, and that we shouldn’t even talk with foreign leaders we don’t like. No dinners for Xi Jinping! And, of course, no deal with Iran, because resorting to force in Iraq went so well.

Krugman ignores Trump’s positions here. Trump said he would talk to Putin, that it was a mistake to invade Iraq and he claims that he said it in 2003 before we invaded, and he also said we should let Syria and ISIS fight each other instead of getting involved. Trump is actually a sensible moderate on foreign policy.

Krugman has the most hate for Carly Fiorina:

Some of Mrs. Fiorina’s fibs involved repeating thoroughly debunked claims about her business record. No, she didn’t preside over huge revenue growth. She made Hewlett-Packard bigger by acquiring other companies, mainly Compaq, and that acquisition was a financial disaster. Oh, and if her life is a story of going from “secretary to C.E.O.,” mine is one of going from mailman to columnist and economist. Sorry, working menial jobs while you’re in school doesn’t make your life a Horatio Alger story.

But the truly awesome moment came when she asserted that the videos being used to attack Planned Parenthood show “a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.” No, they don’t. Anti-abortion activists have claimed that such things happen, but have produced no evidence, just assertions mingled with stock footage of fetuses.

So is Mrs. Fiorina so deep inside the bubble that she can’t tell the difference between facts and agitprop? Or is she deliberately spreading a lie? And most important, does it matter?

I am certain that Fiorina was deliberately lying when she did the Planned Parenthood screed. Sociopaths are excellent liars.

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They say that Trump has no “substance,” but in fact Trump has more substance than any other candidate. He has a very specific policy statement on immigration. He has a moderate policy on taxation and is the first Republican to speak out on hedge funders and other rich people getting away with not paying taxes.

It doesn’t matter if Trump isn’t personally going to write new statutes, his general ideas are the right ideas for America and he will hire people to do the detail work.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 18, 2015 at 9:18 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. They’ve gone off the deep end with regards to foreign policy. Rubio says he’d invite Chinese and Russian dissidents to the inauguration. Paul had a good point, when he talked about how Reagan talked to Gorbachev and the Soviets, but we can’t talk to Putin?

    These lunatics overthrew Saddam and Gadaffi and it was a disaster. Why on earth do they think that Syria would be better?

    How would these people act in power? Bush basically wasted all his capital on foreign policy and couldn’t do anything else. Is that what would happen with every other Republican?


    September 18, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    • These lunatics overthrew Saddam and Gadaffi and it was a disaster. Why on earth do they think that Syria would be better?

      Because these three dictators were seen as “Bad For the Jews”, threats to Israel.

      Arab savages killing each other in these wars look bad on TV and are bad for Europe but not bad for Israel.

      They are no threat. ISIS is zero threat to Israel.

      It’s pretty obvious that this IS the plan. Creating a mess, that’s the goal.


      September 19, 2015 at 12:13 am

      • No one thought Ghadaffi or Mubarak were threats to Jews. Obama wanted them gone because of his anti-neocolonialism doctrine.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 19, 2015 at 12:21 am

      • I think Lion is right. I used to buy into the “it’s all about Israel” philosophy. Then I read that Israel opposed the Libyan intervention, which was obviously complete madness. This is stupid liberalism, they actually believe if you overthrow dictators, you’ll get democracy if you only add a little American support, just like they believe you can close the “achievement gap” with the right policy.


        September 19, 2015 at 1:25 am

      • If Hillary ever gets as far as the nomination, Libya is her greatest weakness IF the Republicans push it. I’m surprised at how little it comes up considering what a disaster it was. She basically did a worse job in Libya than Bush did in Iraq since at least Bush hung around to try to clean up the mess. Hillary made the mess then vanished.

        Mike Street Station

        September 19, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      • No one thought Ghadaffi or Mubarak were threats to Jews. Obama wanted them gone because of his anti-neocolonialism doctrine.

        Quadafi was actually more anti-neocolonial than Obama.

        I didn’t mention Mubarak. I meant Syria, Iraq, Libya.

        Syria and Iraq were targeted because of Israeli national interest. Obviously.

        Libya…..Quadffi was always a fringe lightweight going back to Reagan.

        Egypt and Jordan are border states to Israel so having a pro Western puppet in charge is part of the plan.

        Anarchy in Syria and Iraq and Libya is one thing. Having it in Egypt and Jordan is very different.

        That’s why the Golan Heights will always be Israeli territory.

        I think Lion is right. I used to buy into the “it’s all about Israel” philosophy. Then I read that Israel opposed the Libyan intervention, which was obviously complete madness.

        Come on, stop fixating on trivial Libya. Plus, Where is your data that “Israel” wanted to protect Quadafi?

        Israel wasn’t sad to see Quadafi go. He just never really mattered much one way or another.

        Too many people, not just Jews, go into full panic whenever anybody notices obvious Jewish power or international actions done for Israeli national security.

        The denial mechanism is strong.


        September 19, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      • The Iraq invasion wasn’t anything that Israel asked for.

        Israel did ask for help against Iran to stop their nuclear ambitions, and instead Obama made a deal with Iran over Israeli objections.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 19, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      • She basically did a worse job in Libya than Bush did in Iraq since at least Bush hung around to try to clean up the mess. Hillary made the mess then vanished.

        Not even close. Libya= cost, trivial, US dead 4! Iraq = cost 2 trillion!!!! US dead 4000++!!!!!


        September 19, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      • Far-leftists like Gaddafi.


        September 20, 2015 at 6:29 pm

  2. “I am certain that Fiorina was deliberately lying when she did the Planned Parenthood screed.”

    Possibly. But that doesn’t excuse your own continuing moral failing to comprehend what’s been going on here. Namely the attempt, when possible, to keep aborted babies alive post-abortion to better preserve the organs to be extracted for sale on the open market.

    Andrew E.

    September 18, 2015 at 9:33 pm

  3. Trump released his 2nd Amendment Position Paper today too. Extremely solid and sensible:

    Perez HBD

    September 18, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    • I think he’s pandering to gun people, which he has to do in order to win the nomination.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 18, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      • Why is it pandering? Have you read his positions? What is not reasonable about them?


        September 19, 2015 at 12:15 am

  4. Developing our military might – and in some cases using it – is, of course, the correct response to our enemies. Only China is worth “talking to” because China, despite being cynical, amoral, and having contempt for the truth, is at least pragmatic about its interests. So although global Chinese power must be resisted (as must the power of all who care nothing for the truth), their pragmatism means we can accomplish something by talking to them. Muslim states are of course not pragmatic. Russia is not either. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia could have acted and been treated like a part of the West – instead, their crook of a leader aligned them with lightless, futureless warlords and an alien oriental power. They have made a joke of themselves against their own interests. They are not pragmatic, and talking to them accomplishes nothing.


    September 18, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    • The west has fallen to massive immigration, social justice, and all other kinds of social maladies.

      Russia can recover from poverty and alcoholism, the West can never recover from mass immigration.


      September 19, 2015 at 12:27 am

      • Russia is also suffering from mass immigration from the stans.

        With the thoughts you'd be thinkin

        September 19, 2015 at 4:42 pm

  5. Lion, I don’t think you know what you are talking about. Planned Parenthood supports killing small people who haven’t learned to talk and can’t vote. Krugman and you agree with that. Fiorina, who used poetical license in a way that I would not have, is not the sociopath in this scenario. Obama lied about the Jena 6 and Bush lied about many things and Clinton, too, lied about the victims of violence, as did Bush’s silly uxorious father, and Reagan did not bother to inform himself about a lot of things. What did Carly Fiorina exactly do to be set apart for insults the way you set her apart for insults?

    howitzer daniel

    September 18, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    • The most significant political lie of the 21st century, to me, is Hillary saying a youtube video is the reason our ambassador was killed. It’s so indicative of why we are in trouble.


      September 19, 2015 at 4:47 am

  6. I could only watch the first hour of the debate but I saw Trump blush. A politician actually blush. This made me think that Trump could be in trouble in the future. The rest of the field are crazy sociopaths who belong in prison, can Trump keep his energy up after months on the campaign trail? Consider this, Trump said that Fiorina the botox queen is beautiful. He handled that exchange poorly.


    September 18, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    • What an excellent point I had never thought of before! Normal people blush in embarrassing situations, politicians never do. Actually, I think I’ve seen Rand Paul and Jeb Bush blush a few times. And maybe Chris Christie? I can’t imagine it from Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, or Barack Obama.


      September 18, 2015 at 10:43 pm

  7. Trump is 10x smarter than all the rest of candidates; except maybe Cruz.


    September 18, 2015 at 11:18 pm

  8. If somehow Carly Fiorina were to win the nomination, I’ll vote for Hilary, because I’ll want her to win. Carly Fiorina is everything that’s wrong with this country:

    1. Affirmative Action. That’s the only reason she’s in the race; she has no experience and, unlike Donald Trump or Herman Cain, no unique message.

    2. Ridiculous executive compensation. She ran the company into the ground and then collected a 21 million dollar golden parachute.

    3. I personally do not like her. She strikes me as sociopathic. She evidently doesn’t care much about the Republican Party as reflected by her lack of voting in elections as recently as 2006. She had a particularly sociopathic response when it was brought up:

    “I’m a lifelong registered Republican but I haven’t always voted,” she said Thursday during an event in Sacramento. “And I will provide no excuse for it. You know, people die for the right to vote. And there are many, many Californians and Americans who exercise that civic duty on a regular basis. I didn’t. Shame on me.”

    This reminded me of a scene from the TV show Malcolm in the Middle:


    September 18, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    • What’s wrong with that non-voting explanation?


      September 19, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      • I just thought it’s the kind a smart-ass kid would give.


        September 19, 2015 at 7:34 pm

  9. Carli the psycho? Hmm. You may be right. I see her as sort of the perfect MSM candidate though, maybe because of this psychological trait of hers.

    I think the thinking goes like this:

    Free market is good – Period. Check. She was the honcho of HP. Thus part of the *elect*. This is good. (Pay no mind to actual performance.)

    She’s strident about abortion – wrong choice for MSM but that show’s she’s serious. Gets some points for being *tough* about it.

    Nothing she says isn’t orthodox in at least part of DC’s 2 big cultures.

    IMHO – She sucked at HP. She’s the type of person who’s humorless and thinks that’s the same as being serious. She likes picking on people below and groveling to the guys above.

    If central casting wanted a female Terminator (Corporate Edition), she’d be a good prototype.

    Whatever else Trump has done, the contrast between him and the rest of these guys is just… Don’t know, he deserves some serious kudos just by showing up.

    Jeb Bush has got to go.


    September 18, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    • I wouldn’t go so far as to vote for Hillary!!’s kleptocratic ass, but I would stay home if Fiorina was the other option.

      Fiorina as a CEO: Never met her, but the same type turns up with some regularity. Ruthless climbing up the company pyramid, but entirely lack the ability to nurture their domain of the year. Usually turn to various short-term financial tricks to boost their scores and get the next promotion, because they have no idea what the business is actually about, nor any interest in it. The next options program though … These people are the value transference part of industry. When they then get to the top, they flame out since there’s nobody competent above them to deliver. Often accompanied by a ridiculously bloated ego to hide the fundamental emptiness behind the carefully coiffed, botoxed mask.


      September 19, 2015 at 4:12 am

    • After some contemplation, I think Fiorina looked at Trump leaving the rest in the dust with immigration and chose abortion as her controversial topic.


      September 19, 2015 at 8:00 am

      • A good short-term strategy but a bad long game.

        The winner of the Republican nomination is not the strongest anti-abortion warrior, just someone who says he (or she) is pro-life.

        Although that’s how she ran HP. Focus on the next quarterly numbers, ignore any long-term strategy.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 19, 2015 at 8:09 am

  10. Krugman is making more sense than your girl Catherine Rampell:

    Dave Pinsen

    September 19, 2015 at 12:11 am

    • Discouraged workers, please stay out of the picture frame. Thank you.


      September 19, 2015 at 4:14 am

      • The elites have gotten tired of acknowledging the economic struggles faced by regular people. They’ve been doing it for 7 years now. If it’s not actually going to improve, they are just going to scream that it has improved and if you can’t recognize that it has you must just be crazy.


        September 19, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    • Ever since she married an Ivy League economist Catherine Rampell has become tediously conventional in her views. A lot of people become more conservative as they settle down and grow roots; in her milieu, that means adhering closer to Democratic boosterism.


      September 19, 2015 at 11:03 am

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