The Real Hero of 9/11
The attacks on 9/11 separated the real heroes from the fake heroes.
The Fake hero who comforted the grieving and raised a nation’s spirits:
The Fake hero who kept a city together:
The Real Hero who walked barefoot over broken windows:
It seems almost in bad taste to talk about dollars and cents after an act of mass murder. Nonetheless, we must ask about the economic aftershocks from Tuesday’s horror.
These aftershocks need not be major. Ghastly as it may seem to say this, the terror attack — like the original day of infamy, which brought an end to the Great Depression — could even do some economic good….
The wild card here is confidence. But the confidence that matters in this case has little to do with general peace of mind. If people rush out to buy bottled water and canned goods, that will actually boost the economy….
So the direct economic impact of the attacks will probably not be that bad. And there will, potentially, be two favorable effects.
First, the driving force behind the economic slowdown has been a plunge in business investment. Now, all of a sudden, we need some new office buildings….
Second, the attack opens the door to some sensible recession-fighting measures. For the last few weeks there has been a heated debate among liberals over whether to advocate the classic Keynesian response to economic slowdown, a temporary burst of public spending…. Now it seems that we will indeed get a quick burst of public spending, however tragic the reasons.
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Professor, how did you manage to edit out the teleprompters from those videos?
Krugman said virtually the same thing after the tsunami struck Japan. The man is bad taste afoot surrounded by bad taste: He shows up, they put him on and publish him (that’s the rumor, anyway).
Great rebuttal, Prof.
Krugman’s post was remarkable piece of sanctimonious attention-seeking poop. I find myself more & more disgusted every day with people I used to consider to be on my “side”.
It has taken awhile, but I have learned to somewhat enjoy the comedic value of people like Krugman. For me Krugman’s views of the world rank right up there with Larry, Moe and Curly. Taking him at all seriously is a waste of energy.
Some 4-legged heroes (I guess fake as well) recognized here.
Ground Zero, post-9/11: Bush was a “fake hero” for showing up at the scene.
New Orleans, post-Katrina: Bush was “AWOL” for not showing up at the scene immediately.
The left is demented.
Jeebus, the guy’s a monster. Although he looks exactly like a garden gnome. Could he be more repellent?
I used to read his column for its comic value occasionally, especially when something would happen that I knew would cheeze him off but I had to stop because I couldn’t take his leering mug anymore.
What took him so long?
Rumsfeld cancels his NYT subscription after reading Krugman’s latest column:
Paul Krugman, with all his dismissive talk of “pinpricks” back then obviously had no grasp whatsoever on the potential economic impact of 9/11, and he has even less now. The man contributes nothing but venom to the national dialogue. He is not just an ideologically driven gadfly . . . he is truly about half of what he thought the impact was back then — the second half.
What is really necessary is to find someone today who has a firm grasp on the economic issues of the day, including the economy.
I would submit, here is that man, Steve Bridges, who used to do a great George Bush, and now does a great Barack Obama.
As a sample quote from “the Prez” back in July of 2010 addressing the necessity of rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, and finding the way to pay for it, consider the following:
This is the guy who admitted that they really are talking about death panels. I’ve included the link from Newsbusters because they also include his “clarification.”
I thought the original clip, which was slightly longer, was painfully clear.
Let us also not forget that Krugman told us in January 2002: “I predict that in the years ahead Enron, not Sept. 11, will come to be seen as the greater turning point in U.S. society.”
Definitely worthy of a Nobel.
So that’s what leadership is. I almost forgotten what it looked like.
There’s simply no way Krugman can be unfamiliar with Bastiat and the Broken Glass fallacy. Every time he publishes one of his ludicrous columns based on it there are dozens of people pointing out the fallacy he bases his entire argument upon. Yet, he never makes any attempt to deal with it, or even acknowledge the existence of this fallacy.
He can neither disprove it nor find another foundation for his world view, so he simply pretends it doesn’t exist.
The polite way to describe him is: Intellectually Dishonest.
I really wouldn’t call them heros, just leaders of the first order. Which is what we needed at the time.
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So all these years of not reading the NYT and I’ve been missing this [email protected]? He is great. Puts Colbert to shame. What a sense of sarcasm and irony. Krugman does the funniest imitation of an imbecile I’ve ever seen.