I am not ‘prickly’: I’m aggressive and annoying. But that’s by design, and I only do it when the situation calls for it.
People like me have been saying for five years, ‘don’t worry about these deficit things for the time being; they’re a nonissue.’ Other people have been saying, ‘imminent crisis, imminent crisis!’ How many times do they have to be wrong and do people like me have to be right before people start to believe this?
So the Supreme Court — defying many expectations — upheld the Affordable Care Act, a k a Obamacare. There will, no doubt, be many headlines declaring this a big victory for President Obama, which it is. But the real winners are ordinary Americans — people like you.
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves is not a big fan of Paul Krugman.
Or even the lightest of criticisms combined with undeniable facts, I guess. The post that set him off is here and — despite what Ilves says in his fairly unhinged Twitter tirade — the word “wasteland” doesn’t come up.
Still, with popular sentiment turning harshly against them, I suppose European austerians are a little spooky these days.
Think about it: you approach what is, in the end, a somewhat technical subject in a format in which no data can be presented, in which there’s no opportunity to check facts (everything Paul said about growth after World War II was wrong, but who will ever call him on it?). So people react based on their prejudices. If Ron Paul got on TV and said “Gah gah goo goo debasement! theft!” — which is a rough summary of what he actually did say — his supporters would say that he won the debate hands down; I don’t think my supporters are quite the same, but opinions may differ.
If you think about it, presidential debates are just as bad. They aren’t really debates, they’re more of group interviews with vaguely debate-ish rules. The moderator asks questions, the candidates answer with crazy lies, and we’re supposed to get something out of it. If we rules similar to high school debate team debates, things would be a lot different. Candidates would have to cite sources and prove what they say.