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Krugman, El Che & the O-G

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New York Times columnist Paul Krugman suggested Friday that we can “end this depression now” simply by increasing government spending. But, he bemoans, America's journey to Nirvana is being blocked “by a combination of ideology, exaggerated deficit fears and Republican obstructionism.”

And he's a Nobel Prize-winning economist?

How did QEs 1 and 2 work, Paulie? Probably about as “well” as QE3 will work.

Writing in Forbes magazine last October, Cato Institute scholar Jim Powell reminded that “there isn't any net gain from government spending since it's offset by the taxes needed to pay for it, taxes that reduce private-sector spending.”

That Krugman continues to find suckers for his snake oil is the latest damning indictment of an educratic system that, for generations, has taught no critical thinking skills.

The folks at BuzzFeed.comreport that the Environmental Protection Agency commemorated the start of Hispanic Heritage Month with a picture of Che Guevara, the Argentinian Marxist terrorist who sent so many “enemies” of the Castro regime to their deaths.

The website obtained an internal EPA email that featured a photo of a horse-drawn taxi passing a billboard praising “El Che” and noted how Hispanics are “vibrant, socializing and fun-loving people.”

It's quite the dichotomous “optic,” no?

The email so boiled the blood of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., a Hispanic and chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, that she fired off a letter to the EPA:

“This sad and unnecessary episode encompasses all that is wrong with the (Obama) administration. (Its) priorities are backwards and (its) allegiances border on the fringe of society with a leftist fanatical slant that is worrisome ... .”

BuzzFeed says the EPA is blaming a rogue employee for sending the email “without official clearance” and called it an “inadvertent error.”

Oh, the EPA's response didn't address the stereotyping of Hispanics as horse-drawn-taxi drivers, either.

The Pittsburgh Obama-Gazette (aka, The Toledo, Ohio, Block Bugler) misrepresented the facts in a poorly executed smear-itorial against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Friday.

It wrote that Mr. Romney's “mishandled response to the killings Tuesday in Libya of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans calls into question his ability and that of his team to perform their foreign policy responsibilities if he were to reach the White House.”

But Romney's response was to the odoriferous news release issued from the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, that was shockingly empathetic to the Cairo chapter of Anarchists for Allah while sucker punching free expression (a release issued before the violence erupted but also reiterated after). It was a statement that even the Obama administration disavowed — eventually.

Yet, the O-G questions Romney's “judgment ... sensitivity, sense of decency and even his humanity”?

Talk about being stenographers for the Democratic National Committee.

Colin McNickle is Trib Total Media's director of editorial pages (412-320-7836 or cmcnickle@tribweb.com).

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