Alas, but no, that line has little to do with the content of the post. He lambasts Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin for his detailed plan to cut spending and taxes — and thus deal with two of Americans’ biggest concerns, the ever-growing national debt and the lately-stagnant employment rate.
So, Krugman goes after a man with a plan while having being dewy-eyed for a man with a few slogans. Paul Krugman was one among many in the media establishment who showed himself quite susceptible to the manifest charms and empty rhetoric of a certain Senator from Illinois. And now he has the cheek to call a serious and thoughtful Republican Congressman a charlatan?
Hey, Paul (Krugman), it wasn’t conservatives who bought a bill of goods from a man who promised to heal the nation and fix the economy and ended up taking rhetorical stances which divided us even further while enacting economic policies which kept us in the economic doldrums.