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When Zombies Win
  by Paul Krugman


When historians look back at 2008-10, what will puzzle them most, I believe, is the strange
triumph of failed ideas. Free-market fundamentalists have been wrong about everything
 — yet they now dominate the political scene more thoroughly than ever.

How did that happen? How, after runaway banks brought the economy to its knees, did we
end up with Ron Paul, who says “I don’t think we need regulators,” about to take over a key
House panel overseeing the Fed? How, after the Clinton and Bush administrations — the first
raised taxes and presided over spectacular job growth; the second cut taxes and presided over
anemic growth even before the crisis — did we end up with bipartisan agreement on even more tax cuts?

The number one answer is Obama's failure to lead.
He has ignored the Clinton blueprint for success.
When you raise taxes on the super-rich, good things happen.

The answer from the right is that the economic failures of the Obama administration show that
big-government policies don’t work. But the response should be, what big-government policies?

For the fact is that the Obama stimulus — which itself was almost 40 percent tax cuts — was far
too cautious to turn the economy around. And that’s not 20-20 hindsight: many economists,
myself included, warned from the beginning that the plan was grossly inadequate. Put it this way:
A policy under which government employment actually fell, under which government spending on
goods and services grew more slowly than during the Bush years, hardly constitutes a test of Keynesian economics.

Is Obama following the Bush Doctrine that every move he makes must be the opposite of what Clinton did?

Is Clinton so hated that we can't go back to doing what he did that made America so economically strong?

In 1993, every Rethug gave his Nancy Grace Guarantee that Clinton's policies would bankrupt America
and the exact opposite happened - but today's Democrats can't even figure out how to Monkley-see, Monkey-do.

Clinton created the blueprints for how to get elected and how to govern, but maybe
22 million new jobs and a giant surplus isn't worth "going back to the disasterous nineties."



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