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It’s been a while since I’ve recommended a Paul Krugman column to you, but his latest is worth a read. Since The New York Times decided to go to a pay format for their online content, I’ve shied away from them a bit. However, as I understand it, if you follow a link from a blog it does not count against your monthly allotment of twenty free articles. So, here, let me get you started, then you can click on the column’s title to continue reading…
There aren’t many positive aspects to the looming possibility of a U.S. debt default. But there has been, I have to admit, an element of comic relief — of the black-humor variety — in the spectacle of so many people who have been in denial suddenly waking up and smelling the crazy.
A number of commentators seem shocked at how unreasonable Republicans are being. “Has the G.O.P. gone insane?” they ask.
Why, yes, it has. But this isn’t something that just happened, it’s the culmination of a process that has been going on for decades. Anyone surprised by the extremism and irresponsibility now on display either hasn’t been paying attention, or has been deliberately turning a blind eye.
And may I say to those suddenly agonizing over the mental health of one of our two major parties: People like you bear some responsibility for that party’s current state.
If you are one of the people who say they will never read a Krugman column, you are probably one of the people who really should read this column. It is always good to have some idea of what your fellow citizens think of you.