Krugman on Obama plan: “Just say no.”

Trying to make sense of President Obama’s speech today on the federal budget? There’s lots of digesting going on right now. Here’s Paul Krugman:

So what we got today was much better than some of the hints and trial balloons; it’s a plan that we could live with. But it’s a center-right plan already; if it’s the starting point for negotiations that move the solution toward lower taxes for the rich and even harsher cuts for the poor, just say no.

Krugman bases his take on a statement from Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which Krugman calls, “the single best source for serious budget analysis.”

And here’s Greg Sargent:

We cannot know right now whether the steadfastness of Obama’s rhetoric in defending core liberal and Democratic ideals will be matched by equal resoluteness in practice when the battles heat up and the temptation to make deals and jettison core priorities intensifies. But Obama did tell us in clear and unequivocal moral terms what he thinks it means to be a Democrat, and those who have been waiting for him to do so should be quite satisfied by what they heard.

Did you catch the President’s address?  What do you think?


In his former professional lives, John Moyers was a radio and newspaper reporter and a foundation executive. In 1998, he founded TomPaine.com, a non-profit, public-interest Web site inspired by the great opinion journals of American politics and the populist progressivism of Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense. As editor-in-chief, he conceived of and wrote TomPaine.com's "op-ads" -- editorial advertisements which ran 36 times per year on the op-ed page of The New York Times and in the pages of weekly political magazines. For this work, he and TomPaine.com received from The Newspaper Guild/CWA the 2004 Herb Block Freedom Award, "recognizing those who make a substantial contribution to a free press, are compassionate toward the weak and disadvantaged, defend the rights of free speech and assembly and hold a deep distrust of unbridled power." He returned to Vermont in 2004 to pursue other interests, including adaptive reuse of historic buildings and local civic activism.

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