Daily Archives: August 6, 2011

Using the Paul Krugman Method to solve all our problems…

It’s been too long since I made fun of Paul Krugman (it’s also too easy, but it’s fun) so for old times’ sake I thought I’d look up what his latest argument was.

It can be boiled down as such

1.        The economy has always been shit and we never really got out of the recession.

2.       The Republicans are idiots for worrying about deficits.

3.       Obama needs to focus on creating jobs (which is another way of saying spend more money).

It’s always fun to look into the universe of Paul Krugman because it’s a world where the economy is driven by pretty pink unicorns and cause and effect have absolutely no relationship to each other, and unlike the universe that you and I live in facts aren’t things that are permanent—in Krugman’s world 1+1 can equal 2 on Monday, 5 on Tuesday and whatever number the die says it does on Wednesday.  Just look at point one.  For the last couple of years Krugman insulted and ridiculed conservatives who said that Obamanomics wasn’t working, yet today, yes, the economy is shit and it’s all the GOP’s fault.

But it’s points 2 and 3 that are really funny.  Paul’s argument for the last few months has been on this line that deficits aren’t a problem, after all it’s not like a country ever went bankrupt because it went too far into debt (France before the Revolution, the Weimar Republic, Greece, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, in fact most of the EU)..nope that’s never happened.  And the Republicans are obviously idiots for looking to history (and the front page) for thinking that deficits are a problem.  Complete morons—obviously.

No our problem is jobs creation, which is a fancy way of saying more stimulus.  Because the last couple of trillion dollars stimulus packages worked so well.  Now you may look at the abysmal failures that were the last two stimulus packages (enacted by the dual team of mentally handicapped executives: Bush and Obama) and think that clearly government spending is useless at best and destructive to the very fabric of the economy at worst.  But not that genius Paul Krugman.  Paul is so much smarter than mere mortals like you and I that he knows the problem was that we didn’t spend enough.  It’s so clear when you think about it.  Nearly $2 Trillion in spending made the economy worse, got our bonds downgraded and made every company insanely afraid to do anything lest they got taxed and regulated.  But if we just spent more it would solve everything.

Having seen the wisdom of Krugman’s ways I want to know what this truly sage wisdom and line of thinking would look like in other fields…

“Your building collapsed because it had no foundation”

Architect Paul Krugman: “We just need to build 5 more stories on top and it will be fine.”

“You can’t grow citrus trees this far North.”

Farmer Paul Krugman: “Nonsense, it just needs more water.”

“Your patient died because you never bothered to actually treat his cancer.”

Doctor Paul Krugman: “Fool, you just need to put more penicillin into the corpse and it will be fine.”

“Mr. Krugman you were going 50 miles over the speed limit”

“But if I had been going faster it would have been fine, Officer.”

“The reactor is overheating!”

Nuclear Physicist Paul Krugman: “Well then we just need to open the fuel rods even further.”

“I’m 50K in debt and all my creditors are hounding me every second.”

Personal Accountant Paul Krugman: “Well isn’t it obvious, you need to buy a house several levels above what your income could ever theoretically pay for, and maybe a new Ferrari to go along with it.”

Truly we have much to learn from this near divine guru…

Or maybe we could do the exact opposite of what he says and maybe save ourselves from complete disaster

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Weekly Meditation: The 4th Chakra

As we have left the 3rd Chakra behind we now come to the 4th chakra .  The fourth chakra usually is visualized as a bright jade green wheel that is in the center of your chest at the level of your heart.  This chakra deals with the feelings of love, friendship and companionship.  (Yes, there is a reason why ancient cultures associated the heart with love and why that associated has continued to this day).  Rather than get overly philosophical, this week, I would like to share one of my favorite poems (don’t worry the philosophy is coming next week).  This poem, “On Love” is from Kahlil Gibran’s book The Prophet, perhaps one of the most insightful collections of poems you’ll ever read…no really if you don’t own a copy you should.   I would recommend you try to read this poem at least once a day this week and as you do try to envision the bright jade green light at the center of your chest growing brighter.

Then said Almitra, “Speak to us of Love.” And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said: When love beckons to you, follow him, Though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him, Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning. Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth. Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself. He threshes you to make you naked. He sifts you to free you from your husks. He grinds you to whiteness. He kneads you until you are pliant; And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure, Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor, Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.

Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.” And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself. But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires: To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; And to bleed willingly and joyfully. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving; To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy; To return home at eventide with gratitude; And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

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