Monday, February 8, 2010
Now that the GOP has 41 Senators, and the filibuster is really a problem for the Dems, Professor Krugman says it is time to get rid of it. I will leave it to my colleague, Professor Rappaport, to explain to us the advantages of governing by supermajority, on which is the nation's leading expert perhaps. But my question is, what if the GOP gets a majority of the House in 2010? Will Professor Krugman then think it is time to get rid of the House? And there was that disappointing, cosmically so, opinion of the our benighted Supreme Court recently. Perhaps we should get rid of it to? Or at least some of them? Or at least amend the First Amendment, to restrict corporations other than the New York Times from engaging in political speech. Laws, customs, institutions-- what are they compared to the judgment of the Bank of Sweden? Musn't stand in the way of progress!
Some might conclude from this and other missives that I am critical of Professor Krugman. But this is not really so. I regard him as a national treasure of sorts. Nobody I can think of does a better job of exposing the sneering yet half-baked, the condescending yet ill-informed, the pedantic yet misguided, the professorial yet creepily unnerving, and the self-aggrandizing and deeply unappealing face of contemporary American progressivism than does the good Doktor Professor. It takes talent to inspire distrust that profound. If he encourages his sympathetic readers to believe that they are that much smarter than everybody else, this is in a way all to the good, as one whose nose is up in the air will not see the approaching cliff and cliffs are Nature's way of disposing of excess lemmings. Nobody in a position of economic policy authority appears to pay any attention to him whatever, being, whatever else you may say of them, experts in their respective fields, so I don't think there's much to worry about there. He serves to encourage the American left in their delusions and make everybody else even more disgusted with them. So I say, you go Herr Doktor Professor Paul. We should take a lesson from, uh, Poland, and get rid of the filibuster. Excellent point. Tell us your other ideas, please. There's a whole country out here that needs schooling. If I may, how would you reform our Constitution, if you could, Professor? Surely you must have some views on that?
If you want to read something intelligent on America's "ungovernability", see this excellent post by Jay Cost.