Paul Krugman’s Answer For America’s Budget Problems: Death Panels

See, according to Krugman, if the government is going to get its spending under control then the government is going to have to start managing the lives of people dependent on programs like Medicare.

Transcript via Newsbusters:

RUTH MARCUS, WASHINGTON POST: Right now, 75 percent of people believe you could balance the budget without touching Medicare or Social Security; 75 percent of people believe that you can balance the budget without raising taxes. Well, you could, but it would be extraordinarily painful.

People need to get a little bit of reality therapy. There’s going to be another dose coming on Wednesday when another group is going to submit their recommendations, very concrete recommendations about how to do it. That’s the conversation we need to have before we start picking apart solutions.

PAUL KRUGMAN, NEW YORK TIMES: If they were going to do reality therapy, they should have said, OK, look, Medicare is going to have to decide what it’s going to pay for. And at least for starters, it’s going to have to decide which medical procedures are not effective at all and should not be paid for at all. In other words, it should have endorsed the panel that was part of the health care reform.

If it’s not even — if the commission isn’t even brave enough to take on the death panels people, then it’s doing no good at all. It’s not educating the public. It’s not telling people about the kinds of choices that need to be made. …

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, HOST: But what is going to happen? I mean, are you clear on where a compromise is going to be? It’s got to be discussed before the end of the year, no?

KRUGMAN: No. Some years down the pike, we’re going to get the real solution, which is going to be a combination of death panels and sales taxes. It’s going to be that we’re actually going to take Medicare under control, and we’re going to have to get some additional revenue, probably from a VAT. But it’s not going to happen now.

When Sarah Palin talks about government bureaucrats making life and death decisions on health care for Americans, and calls these bureaucrats death panels, she’s castigated as some sort of imbecilic loon. But lefty darling Paul Krugman calls for death panels, and he’s just speaking truth to power.

But this is the natural progression of totalitarianism. We’re told that we must allow the government to take care of us for our own good. Then the government uses that control to manipulate our lives for our own good. To the point, per Krugman, where decisions about which treatments are best for you aren’t between you and your doctor (and, most likely, your insurance company) but simply up to the government.

Liberals like Krugman support creating these massive social programs that the government can’t afford (though they never liked to admit that part). And when it becomes painfully obvious to even the Paul Krugman’s of the world that the government can’t afford these programs, we’re told that we must cede more power to the government so that they can manage our lives for maximum efficiency.

Wouldn’t it be better to just roll back the government programs and let people take care of themselves? That’s anathema to liberals who feel that we must have government programs to keep people from suffering, but isn’t the government running your life a form of suffering?

Better to be free to provide for yourself, knowing you may not be able to provide all that you need, than to have the government telling us what we can and cannot have.

Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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