Krugman: the frantic effort to find some example, somewhere, of austerity policies that succeeded

At this point, you might have expected austerity advocates to consider the possibility that there was something wrong with their analysis and policy prescriptions. But no. They went looking for new heroes and found them in the small Baltic nations, Latvia in particular, a nation that looms amazingly large in the austerian imagination.

At one level this is kind of funny: austerity policies have been applied all across Europe, yet the best example of success the austerians can come up with is a nation with fewer inhabitants than, say, Brooklyn. …

Commie pinko anti-American traitor.

“Where was the hopelessness??” Ah, FOX. You crack me up.

(I bet they’re huge fans of Jimmy Carter’s addresses then?…)

Court rules recess appointments unconstitutional

Legal specialists said its reasoning would virtually eliminate the recess appointment power for all future presidents at a time when it has become increasingly difficult to win Senate confirmation for nominees.

Mr. Obama has made about 32 such appointments, including that of Richard Cordray, as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. President Bill Clinton made 139, while Mr. Bush made 171, including those of John R. Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations and two appeals court judges, William H. Pryor Jr. and Charles W. Pickering Sr.

Nearly all of those appointments would be unconstitutional under the rationale of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Yesterday and today

#Benghazi hearing proves GOP selective amnesia

See, way back in the foggy mists of 2001, the GOP told us it was treason to ever criticize a president following a terrorist attack. So how is it possible that in 2012 the Democratic president should be impeached for not acting quickly enough when our overseas consulate was attacked, while in 2001, a GOP POTUS who sits numbly in a nursery school classroom as the nation is under attack is somehow more manly than John Wayne freebasing AndroGel?

Well, the brain that accepts this has the attention span like the guy from “Memento.”

But good news, congressional Republicans — Barack Obama has heard your complaints he didn’t do enough when the Benghazi attack was in progress, and now in the event of another terrorist attack, the Secret Service is authorized to give the president a copy of “My Pet Goat.” That’s today’s GOP: Come for the hypocrisy, stay for the misogyny.
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