So he writes in his latest When Zombies Win
When historians look back at 2008-10, what will puzzle them most, I believe, is the strange triumph of failed ideas. Free-market fundamentalists have been wrong about everything — yet they now dominate the political scene more thoroughly than ever.
He has praised Reagan for restoring American dynamism (when was the last time you heard a Republican praising F.D.R.?), adopted G.O.P. rhetoric about the need for the government to tighten its belt even in the face of recession, offered symbolic freezes on spending and federal wages.
To make the long story short, Krugmans' beef is that the President has been trying so hard to make sure progress is achieved by working across the aisle and has caved in to "Zombie" ideals not to mention the idealization of Reagan conservatism and not standing by Krugman's Principle especially when Republicans continue to turn around and call him socialist.
To Mr. Krugman, the only way to be the perfect "Zombie" is to have an unwavering ideology that amplify his ideals. However, those ideologies that contradict with his thinking are nonetheless wrong or "Zombie" because I have yet to see anything this Administration has done where Mr. Krugman has to praise in a positive light independently.
However, when you read further you can easily make the connection of the shallowness of Krugman's obsession with his continued undermining jab by indirectly calling the President's ideals and his ideas of compromise with the Republicans "Zombie".
Yes, this "Zombie" President with his "Zombie" ideals has been in the trenches leading and working behind close doors for the chickens to come home to roost and they are roosting left and right during this amazing and impressive lame duck session. Too bad it is a month and a half too late to keep some important seats in the Democrats side but it is never too late.
I guess all the effort to undermine and isolate this President, which has been a mission to some pundits since early on, after all did not work but rather brought the ever determined "Zombie" Obama to task to do what he is best in doing - making deals, reaching across the aisles to move the country in the right direction. President Obama has said it then and he is saying it now that he represent the United State of America not just the Blue and Red America. He sure is not ignoring those he had pledged to earn their votes or those like Krugman who despise him for not acting like Bush "the dictator".
This last week, Obama's "Zombie" ideas have been able to keep $3,000 in tax savings annually to average Americans, give unemployment Benefit for 7,000,000 Americans worth $56 Billion, $2,500 in tax savings to help pay for college tuition and other expenses, a $2,000 payroll tax savings to me or a 2% employee-side payroll tax cut for over 155 million workers, a Child tax credit of $1,000 per child with the $3,000 maximum credit threshold, earned Income Tax Credit that will give on an average of $600 in additional assistance to families with 3 or more children, just to mention a few.
Oh, in case Mr. Krugman forgot, we also passed a law that finally repealed the Don't Ask Don't Tell
discriminatory law, the Food Safety bill
, the Community Radio Bill
, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
, to list most notable "Zombie" achievements.
All of these in just one week. Not bad for a conservative "Zombie" idealist President who is nothing but a man who has sold his principle for a Republican creed.
Compromising has showed us results. With the level of limitation there is in our political system compromising with Republican leaders to advance progress while painful, is much better than caricaturing progress. Krugman and some in the Professional Left may not agree attaining progress by giving in some is a Democratic prinicple. I guess to them, a no tax deal would have been better than the deal the WH and Republican struck. It proves my point that the people that seem to scream loud
are most interested in tearing this President apart than helping those that are in need like the 7 million who would have lost their unemployment insurance. In fact, these same people are ofter charged with emotional outrage that they try to replacing the reality with their personal ill advised desires.
Krugman concludes from his article by saying:
Yes, politics is the art of the possible. We all understand the need to deal with one’s political enemies. But it’s one thing to make deals to advance your goals; it’s another to open the door to zombie ideas. When you do that, the zombies end up eating your brain — and quite possibly your economy too.
I guess, Mr. Krugman thinks he is the only smartest person with ideals that should be used as a master plan to solving all our problems while the President's ideals are stupid. Sorry to disappoint the self anointed Mr. Krugman's non-stop vilification of this President but the "base" who despises gridlock is watching and liking
the "stupid" ways this President is engaged to advancing unprecedented progress
in just two years.
The job is not complete. While I expect a lot of progress to be made in the next few years, the problems that took decades in the making will never be fixed in the next two years let along in the next six years. In fact, to expect the magic wand to fix all of our problems in the next six years is disingenuous. The sooner we realize that the better off we will be. America's problem have been in the making for decades and fixing them is going to take a pragmatic approach and some sacrifice we all have to assume while it may be uncomfortable to do so.
In the end, this "Black" President is in the business of getting shit done the right way, steadily and unwaveringly, taking the most feasible approach to solving Blue or Red Americans problem to regain what has been lost - civility in our political culture that is and will be essential to dig us out of the despair hole into socioeconomic prosperity.
...and he is not in the business of selling newspaper.