Paul Krugman on “Know-Nothing” Politics
August 8, 2008
OK, so Republicans appeal to the neanderthals among us, according to the enlightened Paul Krugman, through their use of “know-nothingism — the insistence that there are simple, brute-force, instant-gratification answers to every problem, and that there’s something effeminate and weak about anyone who suggests otherwise — has become the core of Republican policy and political strategy. The party’s de facto slogan has become: “Real men don’t think things through.”
Ahh, that’s new and refreshing. To recap, if you don’t buy into our guy’s softer, kindler socialism and wispy, feel-good garbage then, darn-it, you’re helping those Republican jocks give the AV club swirlies all over again.
Krugman’s main point of contention is the Republican insistence on off-shore drilling, as it’s been reduced to the simple, “Drill here, drill now”. What is so hard to understand about that? Such simple sloganeering leads to “pretending that more drilling would produce fast relief at the gas pump”, asserts Krugman. I’ve heard no such assertion from anyone, except Eric Bolling who believes we could pull oil from the OCS much quicker than the Department of Energy (though Paul is correct to state that Congress was claiming earlier this week that their deliberations have led to a drop in the price of crude).
Krugman’s grasping at straws here. An increased focus on drilling can only help us from here forward, plankton be damned, or whatever enviro-panic is “in” today. It’s sad that someone as brilliant as Paul is reduced to popping the smoke screen for his comrades dragging their feet on ACTUAL legislation.