Paul Krugman is angry. I know that when I read his column, and I have seen him on TV, with that seething look. And he has that beard - people with beards rarely look jovial, unless they're Santa Claus.
Mostly, people with beards are stern, like Abe Lincoln, revolutionaries, like Fidel Castro, or old, like my grandmother.
Paul Krugman is pissed at the president, and he writes about it all the time. Today, though, he wrote about the Republicans and their lack of serious plans. He also wrote that Hillary Clinton has not put forth serious plans, particularly as it regards health care.
His belief is that, if you don't put forth serious plans now, you won't be an effective leader.
First of all, the Republicans have put forth serious plans, but Krugman, and most of us HuffPo types, don't like their plans. We'd consider them small. But we can't expect big ideas from the people who don't believe in government. Their plans are meant to appeal to people like them, people who believe the private sector can solve all woes.
Krugman thanks John Edwards for his health care plans, Barack Obama for following Edwards, then criticizes Hillary Clinton for not saying as much, and then saying it would take until her second term to insure all Americans.
Note to Mr. Krugman: if you're Hillary Clinton, and previously, your bid to cover all Americans nearly ended your political career before it started, would you, right now, come up with a plan to cover all Americans? Of course not - it's suicide. Hillary's the front runner; why take the risk of releasing a controversial health care plan? It's called a front-runner strategy.
The only person who wants to hear Hillary's detailed plan is... Paul Krugman. Everyone else knows Hillary cares about health care and wants to do something about it, but it does not behoove her to release every detail of her plan now.
Further, while it's great that health care is on the radar screen, the question is not who has the best plan for policy dorks, it is, who will be able to get something done? Who has a track record of working along both sides of the aisle? When we elect a person who prioritizes health care and who can work with Democrats and Republicans, we will get health care reform.