To be more precise, the "Right Wing Propaganda Masquerades as a High School Economics Curriculum" thread by "Reeces Pieces" (RP) is nothing but ideological crap trying to pass itself off as serious.
And its bullshit worthy of the kind of crap you would find at Redstate or some right-wing blog.
Why? Ok, let's go.
RP basis the entire diary on the a priori assumption that because David Walker and the Peterson Foundation is involved in helping produce this curriculum from Columbia that everything within the curriculum is nothing but biased right-wing propaganda designed to destroy Social Security, Medicare, and the general structure of the Universe as we know it. (S)He then cherry-picks parts of the curriculum, takes them entirely out of context to make them sound ominous and dangerous, and throws in some Paul Krugman references that has absolutely nothing to do with anything associated with the curriculum in order to give the diary some kind of greater significance, I suppose.
And its bullshit, all of it.
I'm a moderate to liberal Economics teacher. I just completed an (unfortunately) unsuccessful run at state representative in Georgia to highlight and protest the awful destruction and toil that conservative Republican policies have taken on our public schools here. So, I am no fan of "deficit scolds" or conservative economic theory of any kind. I think austerity economics is nonsense, by and large, unproven theory at best, or proven unworkable and destructive ideology at worst.
And I've actually looked through the "Understanding Fiscal Responsibility" curriculum (unlike most readers of that thread, apparently) and as an Economics teacher and Keynesian economics person, I can honestly say that the curriculum is just fine, thank you very much.
And it's free.
So, Economics teachers out there, go register at http://understandingfiscalresponsibility.org/
And then download and use whatever you want of the curriculum. It has resources that can be used in any number of lessons, you don't have to use theirs.
And the information is, literally, "textbook economics" for high school courses. Nothing bad or unusual or underhanded or "rightwing" or "leftwing" or anything of the sort. It has a number of quotes from people all over the political spectrum (including good ole' liberal standby's like Rachel Maddow and others) and isn't trying to kill social security or grandma or anything else.
And shame on RP for that hack job.