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  •  Krugman Is Onto Something DEEPER Than He Realizes (4+ / 0-)

    And he encapsulates it with this:

    It turns out that the urge to purge — the urge to see depression as a necessary and somehow even desirable punishment for past sins, while inveighing against any attempt to mitigate suffering — is as strong as ever.
    What most people fail to realize is that THIS is exactly what's going on. THIS explains their behavior.

    They ARE trying to punish the country for our sins. Their decisions about the economy are NOT rational, reasonable or logical in any way shape or form.

    They are making a decision to PUNISH the country either consciously or unconsciously, individually and on  a group psychosocial dynamic level, and that decision is based on pure emotional need to do so.

    They (the GOP mostly) have an emotional need to inflict punishment on us. To inflict pain. To abuse us.

    Any OTHER justification for it is backfill, and an excuse and a cover for the real reason, which is to feed an emotional need within themselves to inflict suffering.

    This post is dedicated to myself, without whom, I'd be somebody else. Though I'd still be an asshole. My Music: [http://www.myspace.com/beetwasher]

    by Beetwasher on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:53:50 AM PDT

    •  MORE: This Is Where Krugman, IMO, Misses The Real (2+ / 0-)
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      Issue:

      ...by turning our problems into a morality play of sin and retribution, it helps condemn us to a deeper and longer slump.
      See, Krugman thinks this is being "turned" into a morality play. What he's missing is actually the REALITY of what's going on. To the GOP, whether they are truly conscious of it or not, it IS a morality play! This really IS all about making us pay for our sins. They NEED to do this, they are COMPELLED to do this, mete out this punishment. It is driven by an EMOTIONAL NEED FULFILLMENT.

      Krugman glances over this as if THAT is the cover. He's wrong, that's the REALITY seeping through.  He's astute enough to pick up on the language, but he wrongly switches the cover story with the reality.  Their economic arguments are the COVER story, the EXCUSE that they lay over their true, emotional motivations.

      The GOP has an emotional NEED to deal out retribution upon the country. That is why their arguments don't make any sense to someone examining their actions through a rational model.

      This post is dedicated to myself, without whom, I'd be somebody else. Though I'd still be an asshole. My Music: [http://www.myspace.com/beetwasher]

      by Beetwasher on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 07:24:59 AM PDT

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    •  yep... (1+ / 0-)
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      gotta read nc today April 5, 2013

      Now It’s Official: Obama Sells Catfood Futures, Um, Social Security and Medicare Cuts
      There is no more pretense possible. As we’ve warned for some time, Obama is eager to put a notch on his belt by being the President that rolled back the New Deal programs that helped create broad-based middle-class prosperity and dignity. He’s cast himself as an adult inflicting discipline on profligate Americans.

      Read more at http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/...

      ''A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward.'' FDR

      by lostinamerica on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 07:36:23 AM PDT

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    •  Fine Tuning, If You Will... (1+ / 0-)
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      [Republicans] ARE trying to punish the country for our sins. Their decisions about the economy are NOT rational, reasonable or logical in any way shape or form.

      They are making a decision to PUNISH the country either consciously or unconsciously, individually and on a group psychosocial dynamic level, and that decision is based on pure emotional need to do so.


      I don't agree that this is driven purely by emotion on the part of all conservatives. There are really two groups of right wingers: For the authoritarian followers (i.e., the base), yes, it's about their easily-manipulated-by-their-leadership emotions; for conservative leaders, who are about means-justify-the-end politics, it's always been about being in control, serving the rich and corporations, and a cynical view of the rest of us (including the above-mentioned base).

      You meet them halfway with love, peace and persuasion, and expect them to rise for the occasion ~ Van Morrison

      by paz3 on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 10:41:39 AM PDT

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    •  A $800,000 two-bedroom house (0+ / 0-)

      is an economic sin.

      I was looking at property in the London W2 postcode area recently. I would not want people paying such absurd prices managing my money.

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