Paul Krugman is coming over all verklempt

Because you Americans with “lizard brains” might elect people he doesn’t like or approve of. But conservatives are the alleged  fear-mongers. We found this “house divided” approach ironic and amusing after suffering for nearly two years under an administration whose approach to bi-partisanship has been, “we won.” H/T Althouse

Divided We Fail

Paul Krugman
The New York Times

Barring a huge upset, Republicans will take control of at least one house of Congress next week. How worried should we be by that prospect?

Not very, say some pundits. After all, the last time Republicans controlled Congress while a Democrat lived in the White House was the period from the beginning of 1995 to the end of 2000. And people remember that era as a good time, a time of rapid job creation and responsible budgets. Can we hope for a similar experience now?

No, we can’t. This is going to be terrible. In fact, future historians will probably look back at the 2010 election as a catastrophe for America, one that condemned the nation to years of political chaos and economic weakness…

…if Republicans control the House…we’ll get the worst of both worlds: They’ll refuse to do anything to boost the economy now, claiming to be worried about the deficit, while simultaneously increasing long-run deficits with irresponsible tax cuts — cuts they have already announced won’t have to be offset with spending cuts.

So if the elections go as expected next week, here’s my advice: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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