Is ObamaCare failing because Obama’s crowd hates government?


Did I say that?

Did I say that?

That’s what Paul Krugman would seem to suggest.

David Bernstein:

When the government is run by political forces committed to the belief that government is always the problem, never the solution, that belief tends to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Key priorities are neglected; key functions are privatized; and key people, the competent public servants who make government work, either leave or are driven out. What we really need is a government that works, because it’s run by people who understand that sometimes government is the solution, after all.

Doesn’t make any sense to you? It made just as little sense when Paul Krugman made the argument in 2008, imaginatively (to say the least) positing that George W. Bush and John McCain were wild-eyed libertarians, and that the former’s purported libertarianism was the cause of FEMA’s incompetence in dealing with Katrina.

I ridiculed the premise at the time (and again a year later), noting that “After eight years of “no child left behind,” Medicare expansion, aid to Africa for AIDS, drug warring, abstinence education, nation-building in Iraq and Afghanistan, and so forth and so on, and more of the same promised by McCain, the better question is, is there any problem that Bush and McCain DON’T think government should solve?”

As I recall, others rejoined that no, Krugman is right, incompetence by the Bush Admnistration is OBVIOUSLY due to Republicans all totally hating government. It must come as a surprise to Krugman and his defenders that government can prove itself to be wildly, disastrously incompetent even when run by people whom even Krugman would have to admit aren’t going to be confused with libertarians any time soon (assuming, of course, that Krugman actually ever believed the nonsense he wrote).


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11 responses to “Is ObamaCare failing because Obama’s crowd hates government?

  1. Walt

    Dude –
    No. It is falling because Barry’s followers are illiterate morons.
    You have to watch this video Dude. This lady interviews current college students at four PA Colleges. And good schools, like Penn State, the home of the Sandusky.

    Anyhows, these kids know absolutely NOTHING about WWII, The Holocaust, or what country Adolph Hitler led!! So they probably have no clue that Hitler bombed Pearl Harbor to start the war.

    It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. What are they teaching these morons?
    Your Pal,

  2. Cos Cobber

    When are we going to tax nobel winners at 100%?

    Krugman is the most partisan and most socialist of all political pundits with a national outlet. I’d rather be ruled by Nancy Polosi for a 100 years than read or listen to Krugman’s disingenuous double-talk fantasyland.

  3. Yos

    Krooogman repeats an error made by Shrub and McClueless by conflating libertarianism with anarcho-capitalism. Small wonder – they are all of them of the Progressive ilk, fratricide and bickering notwithstanding.

    The classical American libertarian-conservative element they fear has an ideology based solidly in government. What Progies refuse to accept is that libertarian-conservatives see government as a personal responsibility first, a local responsibility next, then to State and at the bottom, small central Federal government responsible only for those duties assigned by the Constitution. It’s from the individual out, not top-down as they rather prefer.

    Slaves grow to love the top-down structure. The snake oil “Progressives” sell today is the same stuff sold to us since Nimrod’s first collective in Mesopotamia three and a half millennia ago. Again and again, the human condition admits slavery and power and spurns the individual.

    It was the conception of Liberty, the civil society of America that awoke in 1760 in the pulpits and pamphlets that was truly progressive, for it was the first time in history that a society was organising itself on the nucleus of individual self-governance and rejecting centralized authority in general governance.

    Krooogman, Shrub, McClueless and Progies everywhere would return us to the old order. (Hell, have you heard Jeb Bush lately?)

    Bernstein is on-target. Government’s failure has SFA to do with “Republican” “hatred” of government. Rather, ObamaKare is failing because it is a freaking zombie; a modern tweak on an ancient, dead idea trying to lurch into the sunlight. It’s failing everywhere else is has been tried, but Oh Boy! thinks he’s the genius that can make it work in America. (Great product! Please ignore the “glitches.”)

  4. Publius

    Back in the day when I was a young whippersnapper, Krugman actually did produce what could be considered scholarship and his work was worthy of the memorial prize. In decades since, he has wandered from his knitting and stepped into the realm of public policy, where he is fair game for even the great unwashed like myself.

    This is the man who was an adviser to Enron. I am not aware of any scholarly peer-reviewed work that he has produced in the last +/- 10 years. He still longs for an America from the 1950’s, when everything was affordable and Ward and June Cleaver were the norm and the top marginal tax rate was 90%. He ignores the fact that the US was the only economy that existed in the rubble of the post WWII era and that social security had not yet run amok and the Great Society brought to you by LBJ had not come to pass. Doctors still made house visits and often accepted in- kind payments for their services.Higher education and housing were more affordable because they had not yet experienced decades of government subsidy that pushed up the cost of both faster than the growth of wages.

    I am reminded of the old fashioned hand cranked sirens when he opens his mouth. He is the smartest man in the room and one of the dumbest people in the public policy arena. I fully expect someday that he winds himself up into such a snit that his DNA is splattered all over the place. Fingers fully lodged in each ear, eyes jammed shut, beet red in the face, mouth wide open and screaming to block out the realities of the real world, much like a 5 year old having a temper tantrum.

  5. “I fully expect someday that he winds himself up into such a snit that his DNA is splattered all over the place.”

    Your fingers to this blog to G-d’s eyes. Oops. That wasn’t nice was it?

  6. maybe it’s “failing” because there is just too much chattering going on out there. it might be a stretch, but, something to watch out for:

  7. Anon2

    Actually, respect for Government rose greatly under Reagan after the Carter nadir.

    Funny, it’s really the opposite of what K says, respect for government falls when Dems control the government.