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Paul Krugman: Democrats And Republicans In Two Different Universes

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New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on Friday waxes galactic when it comes to the partisan battles in Washington, writing that "Democrats and Republicans live in different universes, both intellectually and morally."

As evidence Krugman uses Arizona senator Jon Kyl's defense of Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) who temporarily held up unemployment insurance benefits to unemployed Americans across the country this week.

In his remarks, Kyl argued that unemployment benefits were a "a disincentive for work because people are being paid even though they are not working."

(More on Kyl's views of the unemployment benefits extension).

And more from Krugman:

[The] parties now live in different universes, both intellectually and morally. We can ask how that happened; there, too, the parties live in different worlds. Republicans would say that it's because Democrats have moved sharply left: a Republican National Committee fund-raising plan acquired by Politico suggests motivating donors by promising to "save the country from trending toward socialism." I'd say that it's because Republicans have moved hard to the right, furiously rejecting ideas they used to support. Indeed, the Obama health care plan strongly resembles past G.O.P. plans. But again, I don't live in their universe.


Read Paul Krugman's entire New York Times column.