Humbug: It’s Manufacture and Dissemination

Paul Krugman:

instead of praising Scrooge for his principled stand against the welfare state, Charles Dickens makes him out to be some kind of bad guy. How leftist is that?

As you can see, the fundamental issues of public policy haven’t changed since Victorian times. Still, some things are different. In particular, the production of humbug — which was still a somewhat amateurish craft when Dickens wrote — has now become a systematic, even industrial, process.  …

The Humbug Express – NYTimes.com

Krugman cites several examples, including Minnesota’s governor Tim Pawlenty, who is evidently confused as to the date of Obama’s inauguration. Krugman,  as usual, is very much worth the read. He ends this way, saying that people have heard …

over and over again about that surge in government spending and employment, and they don’t realize that everything they’ve heard was a special delivery from the Humbug Express.

So in this holiday season, let’s remember the wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge. Not the bit about denying food and medical care to those who need them: America’s failure to take care of its own less-fortunate citizens is a national disgrace. But Scrooge was right about the prevalence of humbug. And we’d be much better off as a nation if more people had the courage to say “Bah!”

Ok, Paul, I hear ya. “Bah!” I say, “Bah, bah, bah and also humbug.”

 

 

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