Comments on: Is Mitt Romney the last true believer in austerity? Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: matthewslyman Mon, 28 May 2012 00:06:00 +0000 I hope the government of the USA studies the case of UK’s “Railtrack” privatization and subsequent market failure/ safety fiasco, before going down this road themselves with Amtrak…

By: Saywhaaaaa Sun, 27 May 2012 20:20:23 +0000 I do say I do tilt more to the Democrats position on the issues of economics much in the same way the author does.The policy that has been a failure has been this theory of trickle down economics the Republicans have been pushing since the 80’s. The result of those policies with no government accountability and the refusal to bring us back to the tax rates we had when we were a prosperous, growing and expanding country. The growing gap between rich and poor is evidence that the trickle down ideology put us on this trajectory. When Bush came into the White House with a Republican Congress and a surplus this country was on the path to be debt free nation. Two unfunded wars, Medicare Advantage and the Bush tax cuts make up something like 90% of the debt and yet Republicans have signed the Norquist pledge which supersedes their pledge to the United States. These are the same Republicans that idolize Reagan but fail to admit he raised taxes at least 11 times and bought us EMTALA which pretty much promised free health care but offers no way to pay for it. Even previous Republican stalwarts like Bartlett, Stockman, Buckley Jr. and notable writers like Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein have written extensively on the current economics and don’t see going back to the Bush years as Romney wants to do as the best course for this country. Years of neglect are not going to change our economy overnight and despite some comments Obama’s policies haven’t failed. They are slowly and surely working despite a confrontational idealogical partisan opposition. Austerity alone is not the way and for those that pledge allegiance to Norquist over their pledge to the country is definitely not the answer. Those are the same forces that when they were in power claimed the deficit didn’t matter and spent more and spent more and cut taxes but primarily for the top 1%.

By: PseudoTurtle Sun, 27 May 2012 16:17:13 +0000 I didn’t read your article because I couldn’t even get past the egregious title.

If Romney is a “true believer in austerity”, he certainly doesn’t “practice what he preaches”.

We don’t need a man like him for president to force the US economy to live as he refuses to live himself.

I certainly don’t expect the US to elect a hermit living in a cave as our next president, but to equate Romney with “austerity” is both ludicrous and offensive.

We need a president that can understand the American people are hurting economically, mainly because of the exportation/importation of jobs for cheaper labor costs for the wealthy, resulting in greater profits for them at our expense.

THAT is the kind of man Romney really is, and would increase that kind of “austerity” the US has been suffering from for the past 30 years or more.

IF we want to elect a man as president who will efficiently put an end to this country as we know it right now, then Romney’s your man.

Unfortunately, Obama is not much better.

I suggest we reelect Obama for four more years, and hope the country can manage another four years of his gross ineptitude as president.

Maybe in four more years the American people will have an opportunity to elect a better president than either choice we have now.

Going with Romney at this point is guaranteeing we won’t have four more years.

By: USA4 Sun, 27 May 2012 03:06:27 +0000 another simple comment would be if you like “stimulus” so much, move to Greece. Years of spending more than they could afford is why they are where they are today. Really, if you like it so much, please go there.

By: running Fri, 25 May 2012 23:19:49 +0000 a simple comment on this article would be President Obama for President of the United States

By: Skid Fri, 25 May 2012 21:42:24 +0000 No he does not believe in austerity. He said that Ron Paul’s plan to cut 1 trillion dollars would “REMOVE” money from the economy. That’s pretty much what Krugman would say. Mitt Romney does not understand how capitalism works. Ron Paul is the only hope.

By: xit007 Fri, 25 May 2012 21:19:44 +0000 “Austerity” means not as many political appointments to bureaucratic agencies – who work without pressure of accountability or productivity. Government – is the new welfare state. Only the military performs up to their capability because it is life or death. Don’t get me wrong there are many good government workers but even they are discouraged by the cronyism within their departments. Remember if you couldn’t make it in the private sector you went to the refuge of the government. Now – austerity means no automatic raises in spending – which is ridiculously labeled a cut. We need true and real spending cuts – we must pull the politics out of the normal functions of operating our government. I would like a smaller smarter government – that has the intelligence to govern, keep markets competitive, and does not cripple us with the politics of confusion and division. We want more freedom – even if it is the freedom to fail.- which this article does. It fails to see that there is another side to just letting the government stuff peoples pockets with money it doesn’t have. Let the free market provide work not the government.

By: ALLSOLUTIONS Fri, 25 May 2012 17:17:33 +0000 Sounds like a good thing if he can follow through.

Just listen to all the whining and crying from the spoiled freeloaders. More, more, give us more.

Freeloaders, start working or start dying. Hard working Americans are tired of these losers destroying the nation.

As for the stimulus packages, just workfare – welfare and phoney jobs for the freeloaders that did nothing for the economy.

Censorship is evil.

By: eleno Fri, 25 May 2012 14:13:06 +0000 I bet dollars to donuts the author is a (covert) card carrying Democrat really – despite all the rhetoric – doing a plain hit job on Romney.

One feels like getting a megaphone and shouting into his ear, “KEYNESIAN REMEDIES FOR WHAT AILS THE US ARE NOT WORKING”. For heaven’s sake Whapshott. the stimulus although almost bankrupting the US. is not working.

But, of course, he wouldn’t listen. His prescription is do more of the same. A bumper sticker summarizes his position completely: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting the results to be different.

By: Willfer65 Fri, 25 May 2012 12:50:48 +0000 Well, certainly it is almost impossible to know the answer to what is right and what is wrong about this matter. Even after the facts analysis is difficult to asses since there is no way to know what would have happened in case the opposite had been done. Anyway what I think creates most of these problems is the reckless usage of the economical resources by the politicians. And they have to do it that way because what drives everybody’s decisions is how you make your living, so their decisions are not really based on what is the best for the economy or the country, but what is that would give them the best chances of being re-elected. Something has to be done in the system to avoid these nonsense and reward good sound decisions. This is some sort of political greed.