Krugman’s blog, 6/4/13

There were two posts yesterday.  The first was “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Personal and Trivial):”

I have a nephew graduating today, and am at the commencement (and, sad to say, with access to Princeton wifi); anyway, the high point so far was the Latin salutation, which was apparently — judging from the reactions of those who understood it — a spectacularly funny stand-up routine. Who knew?

Anyway, limited blogging!

Update: Shirley Tilghman has been a great university president, but even I can tell that she speaks Latin with a very Canadian accent.

The other post yesterday was “Moral Derpitude:”

Like Bruce Bartlett, Josh Barro’s laudable attempt to be a reasonable conservative is having the unintended effect of demonstrating just how unreasonable modern conservatism has become — as he himself now notes:

Basically, Erickson is derpy. And Erickson has big appeal to conservatives because lots of them are derpy. But the country is getting less derpy, and in time the Republican party will have to get less derpy, too. That’s my project, and I don’t expect Erickson to like it.

But things are actually a lot worse than Barro is yet willing to acknowledge; for the GOP’s derpitude doesn’t just involve the Ericksons and the Limbaughs, it extends to the party’s supposed intellectuals.

Barro likes to claim that market monetarism, which he insists has been a big winner, is an achievement of conservative reformers. I’d dispute just about all of that, but never mind right now. The point here is that the virulent opposition to any kind of monetary expansion isn’t just coming from the talk radio types, or the rank and file politicians. We have a modern GOP in which Paul Ryan is considered a policy wonk, the leading intellectual among elected officials — and he gets his ideas about monetary policy by quoting from Atlas Shrugged.

Then there’s health care, where the leading GOP alleged wonk has just demonstrated, in case you had any doubt, that evidence and clear thinking matter not at all compared with the goal of opposing anything liberals might also like.

I feel for Barro; really I do. But he has no home in today’s GOP, which simply has no room for the non-derpy, and to all appearances never will.

Erky Erkson isn’t just derpy, he’s a moron.  On behalf of the entire State of Georgia I apologize…


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