Paul Krugman sort of supports Trump, hates Carly
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.