From Pine View Farm

“Do Do That Voodoo That You Do So Well” 0

Paul Krugman points out that the Republicans are not the only party capable of falling under the spell of voodoo economics.

He believes that some Sanders supporters are sprinkling fairy dust on the figures. Note that the figures in question did not originate from the Sanders campaign, but the campaign is not contesting them.

By endorsing outlandish economic claims, the Sanders campaign is basically signaling that it doesn’t believe its program can be sold on the merits, that it has to invoke a growth miracle to minimize the downsides of its vision. It is, in effect, confirming its critics’ worst suspicions.

As economic policy is the linchpin of Sanders’s quest, I commend this article as an important read.


In case you wondered, no, I’m not feeling the Bern.

I respect Sanders and agree with many of his positions, but my gut tells me that he is Nader v. 2016.

Do I find Hillary Clinton likable? Not particularly, but I never expect to sit across a bridge table from her. Likability is not a criteria for president. Competence is.

Think how many persons voted for President George the Worst because they thought they would like to have a beer with him . . . .

I also must ask myself how many of my questions about Hillary are the result of the two-and-a-half-decade-long Republican vendetta against the Clintons and how many are founded in reality. I think that the vendetta outweighs reality in this case.

Come the Virginia primary next week, for what it’s worth, which is not much, I shall vote Clinton. Her reconciliation with President Obama after the 2008 election and her conduct as Secretary of State shows me that she is capable and competent.

Do I think Bernie is qualified? Yes. Do I think he is capable? Yes. Do I think he is electable? No. His samba has only one note and the electorate wants more, a quartet at least, if not a concerto or even a symphony.


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