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November 20, 2012

Nobel Prize Winning Economist Says Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) Is A Con Artist

 US Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is a con-artist.

Sometimes I read a blog posting or newspaper column, and it just makes me smile. In that spirit, I have to share this New York Times blog post with you.

Paul Krugman is a New York Times columnist, a Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, a Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences, and he writes a New York Times blog called The Conscience of a Liberal.

I know that I made an attempt to figure out the fuzzy math that Willard Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan articulated on the campaign trail. I even went so far as to download a spreadsheet of Ryan’s House approved budget, in order to better understand what he was selling to the American people. Even after those efforts, I came to the conclusion that Romney and Ryan were used car salesmen, selling lies to the voters.

Paul Krugman wrote about Congressman Ryan (R-WI) yesterday, and his estimation of the Wisconsin politician is pretty close to my own. Like me, he thinks Paul Ryan is a con-artist or a fraud. Krugman writes [emphasis my own]:
The fact is that Ryan is and always was a fraud. His plan never added up; it was never, contrary to what people who should know better asserted, “scored” by the CBO. What he actually offered was a plan to hurt the poor and reward the rich, actually increasing the deficit along the way, plus magic asterisks that supposedly reduced the debt by means unspecified.

His genius, if you can all it that, was in realizing that there was a role — as I said, that of Honest, Serious Conservative — that self-proclaimed centrists desperately wanted to see filled, so that they could demonstrate their bipartisanship by lavishing praise on the holder of that position. So Ryan did his best to impersonate a budget wonk. It wasn’t a very good impersonation — in fact, he’s pretty bad at budget math. But the “centrists” saw what they wanted to see.

Ryan can’t be ignored, since his party does retain blocking power, and he chairs an important committee. But if he must be dealt with, it should be with no illusions. Fool me once …
I can’t wait for Ryan and the GOP to contradict a Nobel Prize winning economist.

Straight talk indeed!


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