In 2009, it looked, briefly, as if we might be about to get real on the issue of climate change. A fairly comprehensive bill establishing a cap-and-trade system to limit greenhouse-gas emissions actually passed the House, and visions of global action danced like sugarplums in environmentalists' heads. But the legislation stalled in the Senate, and Republican victory in the 2010 midterms put an end to that fantasy.That's Herr Krugman writing for the kids who read Rolling Stone. Wonder if any of them will remember that in the second paragraph of his piece he told them;
Obama was indeed naive: He faced scorched-earth Republican opposition from Day One....From the 40 Republicans who couldn't even manage a filibuster in the Senate? Or the minority in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's House of Representatives? And that is not the worst inanity in In Defense of Obama. Consider;
All Obama-bashing can be divided into three types. One, a constant of his time in office, is the onslaught from the right, which has never stopped portraying him as an Islamic atheist Marxist Kenyan. Nothing has changed on that front, and nothing will.The way Reagan-phobes stopped bashing him as an amiable dunce, the Gipper, an actor just reading his lines, after Reagan turned around the high inflation, low growth economy he inherited from Jimmy Carter and defeated the Evil Empire without firing a shot (or just a few in Grenada)?
Or the way Paul himself came to respect Chimpy McHitler George W. Bush when he produced an unemployment rate under 5% by 2006?