Obama is Having A Good Year!

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In his latest column for the New York Times, celebrated economist Paul Krugman, winner of the European Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize in economics, refuted the baseless Republican talking points that President Obama is having a disastrous year.

“The truth is that these days much of the right wingnut commentary you see on the Obama administration … emphasizes the negative,” Krugman writes. “But this is all wrong. You should judge leaders by their achievements, not their press, and in terms of policy substance Mr. Obama is having a seriously good year.”

According to Mr. Krugman, this year's policy developments have been so consequential that future historians will probably look back on Obama’s sixth year as president as “one of those years when America took a major turn in the right direction.”

While he makes brief mention of a Wall Street reform effort that he believes is more substantial than some Obama critics are willing to admit, Krugman bases his argument almost entirely on two policy initiatives: The (disastrous then successful) launch of Obamacare’s health insurance marketplaces and the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently announced new regulations on power plants. But President Obama could discover the cure for cancer this week and the right would not give him credit for it...'cuz they hate him for what and who he is...

Krugman calls it “Simpson-Bowles syndrome,” which is the centrist’s conviction that Obama could not be a consequential president unless he brokered a Grand Bargain to implement austerity. ”The result of the syndrome’s continuing grip,” writes Krugman, “is that Mr. Obama’s big achievements don’t register with much of the Washington establishment: he was supposed to save the budget, not the planet, and somehow he was supposed to bring Republicans along.”

Who cares what those radical rightwing nuts think?

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  • :-)

  • ukfan, when was the last time that pich made a point using substantive issues?  Insuliting games is all that he has.

  • PFP..I'm not going to play your little insulting game.

  • I believe it is you sir that is suffering with a paranoid personality disorder.

    The guidelines said people who suffer with this disorder would always try to make it out to be anothers problem. That's why your doctor needs to adjust your meds sweetie. 

    Everything the president does is a "conspiracy". or a diversion.

    It's very hard to imagine how anyone could have such blind devoation they cannot see the forest for the trees.You actually live on every word that comes for his mouth as gospel truth. I'd say seek help but I believe that you are way past helping and are just a lost cause. It's border line Stepford syndrome when it comes to you ukfan.

    Good Luck with that I hope you find peace and find it soon.

  • pitchforkprotester, June 17, 2014 2:36PM

    "Icewater appears to be molasses since it took 642 days to achieve this. When CNN had him in an interview in early August 2013. Guess CNN chose ho's before bros on that one ugh..lmao"

    It was like the FBI was investigating the bombing of an abortion clinic in Kansas...dooohh!   We had to do the investigation and apprehension in a hostile country that is in the midst of a civil war, fercrissakes.  All of this was done in total secrecy with no leaks...suck on that Dubya!  Icewater...nothing is better on a hot June day!  Drink up pitch...it will make swallowing easier with that cold BLACK crow you keep eating...

  • I believe it is you sir that is suffering with a paranoid personality disorder. You are a member of the "tin hat" society. Everything the president does is a "conspiracy". or a diversion.

  • BTW your celebrity lime-light grabbing ho of a messiah left the real person who caught OBL in a Pakistan prison to rot after he made a promise to him as well.

  • ..At least when he says he will get them he does

    He also said you could keep your doctor too, but we all know that was BS. I guess in 642 days we will be able to get out doctors back. Besides one getting heat put on them like this idiot is getting, and 642 days later knowing who it was all along he better start doing his dam job.

  • Bush couldn't get Bin Laden in 7 years

    And Clinton had him dead to rights.. and lt him GOOOO.

    So what's your point? I already know what your problem is.. It's defined in Axis 2 of the DSM V.

  • Bush couldn't get Bin Laden in 7 years...so what's your problem?

  • At least he didn't quit looking for him like Bush did with Bin Laden......At least when he says he will get them he does.

  • Icewater appears to be molasses since it took 642 days to achieve this. When CNN had him in an interview in early August 2013. Guess CNN chose ho's before bros on that one ugh..lmao

     

  • And another accomplishment for this year for Mr. Icewater in his veins:

    CAIRO — United States commandos have captured the suspected ringleader of the attack on the United States mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the White House and Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

    Apprehension of the suspect, Ahmed Abu Khattala, is a major breakthrough in the two-and-a-half-year-old investigation into the attack, which also killed three other Americans. President Obama vowed swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice, but efforts to identity and prosecute the attackers were stymied by the chaos of the event and the broader mayhem in Libya.

  • Mr. Education, who lives in a glass house, should learn not to throw stones.

    That idea went out the window long time ago...

  • Wow, you didn't know me at all, did you? I was so backward and shy, most of the people there didn't even know who I was. Only since then have I become the åss I am today. And I ALWAYS have something useful to add. :o)

     

  • Mr. Education, who lives in a glass house, should learn not to throw stones.

  • pitch, edumacate all of us.

  • Yes Fry that's exactly what I meant.. Got anything useful to add or you just going to continue being that a$$ you were so well known for at county?

    Funny how I knew it was your handy work there BrunoUno...You wouldn't even begin to know how to "tell it like it is".  You lie like a rug with every post and your responses just gives weight to that RACISM you employee and enjoy.

  • The "real article" was the one that was posted initially with the added commentary that makes it REAL to me!  Paul Krugman is on the right track but he just didn't go far enough in describing who is spreading the venom, lies and hate.  I have no qualms in doing so as I will not be fired for telling it like it is.

  • PP: "You know what guilable is right?"

    No, please edumacate me. I don't see that word anywhere other than here and on sites that don't use English as their primary language. Do you mean "gullible"?

  • Here's the REAL article with no "add-in" commentary. Doesn't matter it's still is in the wrong section of the paper. Cartoon articles are on page B7...

    In his latest column for the New York Times, celebrated economist and pundit Paul Krugman pushes against the conventional wisdom and argues that President Obama is actually having a really good year.

    “The truth is that these days much of the commentary you see on the Obama administration … emphasizes the negative,” Krugman writes. “But this is all wrong. You should judge leaders by their achievements, not their press, and in terms of policy substance Mr. Obama is having a seriously good year.”

    How good a year is Obama having? According to Krugman, 2014 has seen policy developments so consequential that future historians may looks back on Obama’s sixth year as president as “one of those years when America took a major turn in the right direction.”

    While he makes brief mention of a Wall Street reform effort that he believes is more substantial than some Obama critics are willing to admit, Krugman bases his argument almost entirely on two policy initiatives: The (disastrous then successful) launch of Obamacare’s health insurance marketplaces and the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently announced new regulations on power plants.

    “Put it all together,” Krugman writes, “and Mr. Obama is looking like a very consequential president indeed.”

    So how does Krugman explain the prevailing narrative that says Obama is struggling, treading water, bored and ineffectual? To no one’s surprise, Krugman argues that D.C. centrists — who live in a socio-economic bubble of their own makes — are largely to blame.

    “Simpson-Bowles syndrome,” as Krugman calls it, is the centrist’s conviction that Obama could not be a consequential president unless he brokered a Grand Bargain to implement austerity. ”The result of the syndrome’s continuing grip,” writes Krugman, “is that Mr. Obama’s big achievements don’t register with much of the Washington establishment: he was supposed to save the budget, not the planet, and somehow he was supposed to bring Republicans along.”

    Krugman’s ultimate response to this blind spot, however, is to shrug. “[W]ho cares what centrists think?” he smirks.

    But President Obama could discover the cure for cancer this week and the right would not give him credit for it...'cuz they hate him for what and who he is...

    This sentence says it all. You know what guilable is right?

     

    David Jackson, USA TODAY 2:38 p.m. EDT June 16, 2014

    "WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation, administration officials said Monday."

    Just another extreme measure from a epic failing flip flopping individual who cares for nothing but votes.

  • David Jackson, USA TODAY 2:38 p.m. EDT June 16, 2014

    "WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation, administration officials said Monday."

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    IMHO, there hasn't been a past Republican President or a future one on the horizon that would or will ever come close to creating such an executive order and this is true despite the vast majority of American citizens favoring equal treatment for all.  Not going to stop there, I don’t think our current Democrat Governor would either on his own or others waiting to occupy his seat.  Just don’t want to seem like I’m taking sides.  I despise all current Kentucky elected state legislators, governor and all in congress.  One could go around and randomly start picking people to replace each of our current legislators and our Commonwealth wouldn’t be any worse off. ATAFJ!

     

  • But President Obama could discover the cure for cancer this week and the right would not give him credit for it...'cuz they hate him for what and who he is...

    This sentence says it all.