The Ebola scare is over. Professor K wants us to learn lessons about the Right Wing though from the polemical miasma surrounding it. He writes, "Ebola wasn’t just a disease — it was a political metaphor". It was claimed by America’s right wing to be Obama's failure, naturally enough, right?
"The usual suspects claimed that the Obama administration was falling down on the job, And further, " Leading Republicans suggested ignoring everything we know about disease control and resorting to extreme measures like travel bans, while mocking claims that health officials knew what they were doing.
Says our man in the dismal science, "Guess what: Those officials actually did know what they were doing.
What comes to light is that government does function even with the Right obstructionism and childish behavior so disheartening to see in men and women who ought to be statesmen. It makes one ashamed to be An American, does n' t it
Well, think back to Solyndra The Right made mush of it for using Department of Energy guarantees, It went bust leaving the government with the check. And "conservatives have pounded on that loss relentlessly", They used it to badger the Obama administration, and of course most specifically, the president himself. Recall "one-term president".
"Defenders of the energy program tried in vain to point out that anyone who makes a lot of investments, whether it’s the government or a private venture capitalist, is going to see some of those investments go bad." Warren Buffett is an investing legend, with good reason — but even he has had his share of lemons, like the $873 million loss he announced earlier this year on his investment in a Texas energy company."
His loss is one and one half the size of the Federal loss!
Krugman then makes this sure-to-raise hackles assertion of fact:
"Department of Energy has made some bad loans — if it hasn't, it’s not taking enough risks. It’s whether it has a pattern of bad loans. And the answer, it turns out, the program that included Solyndra is, in fact, on track to return profits of $5 billion or more."
Continues the Prof.:
" Affordable Care Act is being dominated by fake scandals drummed up by the enemies of reform. But if you look at the actual results so far, they’re remarkably good. The number of Americans without health insurance has dropped sharply, with around 10 million of the previously uninsured now covered; the program’s costs remain below expectations, with average premium rises for next year well below historical rates of increase; and a new Gallup survey finds that the newly insured are very satisfied with their coverage. By any normal standards, this is a dramatic example of policy success, verging on policy triumph.
"Remember all the mockery of Obama administration assertions that budget deficits, which soared during the financial crisis, would come down as the economy recovered? the deficit has indeed come down rapidly, and as a share of G.D.P. it’s back down to pre-crisis levels."
Do not draw from this the conclusion that government is always on target, correct, delivers the right solution right off the bat. No, Krugman writes:
"modern American political discourse is dominated by cheap cynicism about public policy, a free-floating contempt for any and all efforts to improve our lives. And this cheap cynicism is completely unjustified. It’s true that government-hating politicians can sometimes turn their predictions of failure into self-fulfilling prophecies, but when leaders want to make government work, they can.
And let’s be clear: The government policies we’re talking about here are hugely important. We need serious public health policy, not fear-mongering, to contain infectious disease. We need government action to promote renewable energy and fight climate change. Government programs are the only realistic answer for tens of millions of Americans who would otherwise be denied essential health care."
Then finally the killer blow: "Conservatives want you to believe that while the goals of public programs on health, energy and more may be laudable, experience shows that such programs are doomed to failure."
The president and his crew have succeeded, done an excellent job in spite of the Right's obstructionism and idiotic, shameful, conduct. Don't let them tell you lies. Don't be hoodwinked, please!