Sunday, March 06, 2005

Krugman TV sighting

I generally avoid "Meet the Press" and other political talk shows. I occasionally watch Hannity & Colmes if there's an interesting guest, but that's about it.

However, Eric Smith alerted me this morning that Krugman was on Meet the Press: "His eyes were shifting around like a meth addict and whenever they cut to the other panelists while he was speaking, they weren't even paying attention!!! Classic!"

I really, really regretted missing the show, but not to worry! Chris Masse informed me that there's a transcript available online, and the show will be rebroadcast tonight on MSNBC TV, 10 p.m. ET and 1 a.m. ET.

Looking over the transcript, a couple of quotes stood out:

Harry Reid: We're willing to work with the president for the Social Security in the out years when we recognize there are some problems 40, 50 years from now. We're happy to work with the president in that regard, but not until he takes privatization off the table. We are not going to negotiate with ourselves until the president takes privatization off the board, period.

In other words, we can add Reid to the list of state-worshipping devout. The Democrats won't budge until President Bush compromises and keeps people dependent on the state for their retirement, or at least paying into a system so the state can fund others' retirement.

Paul Krugman: ...privatization has nothing to do with saving Social Security. It's only about undermining Social Security as an insurance system. It's only about trying to undermine the legacy of FDR, so that should not be part of the discussion, and I think the Democrats are right to say, "Until you say that's not what we're talking about, no deal."

Well, we already know that devout state-worshipper Krugman doesn't want people relying less on government...which is FDR's legacy.

So as the old NBC slogan goes, after three preceding notes, and "Be there!"


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