New York Times columnist, Princeton economist, and official arbiter of all-that-is-reasonable Paul Krugman used his reasonable powers Wednesday afternoon to let his blog audience know that he has concluded: there is no such thing as a reasonable Republican.
“Several commenters have asked that I provide examples of Republicans making reasonable economic arguments; some of them seem to be saying that I’m proving my bias if I don’t provide such examples,” Krugman explained the impetus for his declaration of Republican unreasonableness.
“But it doesn’t work that way,” he continued, “if all Republicans are saying unreasonable things, then it’s a distortion — indeed, a form of bias — to insist that there must be reasonable Republicans.”
Like any reasonable economist without partisan blinders, Krugman deduced that because “reasonable” Republicans like Bruce Bartlett or David Frum have been “ex-communicated” from the GOP movement then this is proof that there is no such thing as a reasonable Republican.
“It’s kind of the ‘treason never prospers’ argument (‘for if it prospers, none dare call it treason’),” Krugman explained. “If someone declares that tax cuts don’t pay for themselves, or that printing money when you’re in a liquidity trap isn’t deeply inflationary, or that fear of Obamacare isn’t holding the economy back, he ceases to be considered a member in good standing of the GOP.”
“There are, therefore, no reasonable Republicans on these issues,” he concluded.
Later on, a seemingly reasonable commenter asked Krugman: “How about these people who claim to be economists and are publicly supporting Romney? Are they all also unreasonable partisan fraudsters?” He included a list of economists like Nobel laureates Gary Becker, Edward Prescott, Robert Lucas, Robert Mundell, among hundreds of other respected names.
Krugman has yet to address this particular commenter named “ptuomov,” but let’s be reasonable: we know what he’s going to say. And it’s going to be a very reasonable dismissal of those economists as “unreasonable.”
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