Facts Are Enemies of the People – by Paul Krugman – NYT

“The U.S. economy added 10.3 million jobs during President Obama’s second term, or 214,000 a month. This brought the official unemployment rate below 5 percent, and a number of indicators suggested that by late last year we were fairly close to full employment. But Donald Trump insisted that the good news on jobs was “phony,” that America was actually suffering from mass unemployment.

Then came the first employment report of the Trump administration, which at 235,000 jobs added looked very much like a continuation of the previous trend. And the administration claimed credit: Job numbers, Mr. Trump’s press secretary declared, “may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now.”

Reporters laughed — and should be ashamed of themselves for doing so. For it really wasn’t a joke. America is now governed by a president and party that fundamentally don’t accept the idea that there are objective facts. Instead, they want everyone to accept that reality is whatever they say it is.”

Stupendous op-ed. Thank you Paul Krugman. I’ve decided the GOP repeal and replace of the ACA, Obama Care, is OK. Millions will suffer, and many will die earlier than necessary, but it will be a boon to swinging the control of both houses and the White House back to progressives who are capable and willing to to understand environmental science and the need to protect our beautiful earth.

 

Excellent or interesting comments, such as:

Alan R Brock

Richmond VA 7 hours ago

John Adams said facts are stubborn things.

However, I wonder if facts may have met their match in the form of an ignorant electorate, a craven Republican party and a spineless press. I observed the asinine performance of president Trump’s press secretary regarding the job numbers and was shocked by the lack of push back by the press. I am very afraid of the insanity currently on display.

Christine McM

is a trusted commenter Massachusetts 8 hours ago

“But this isn’t really about whose analyses of health policy are most likely to get it right. It’s about Trump and company attacking the legitimacy of anyone who might question their assertions.”

It’s bad enough that Trump denigrates whatever institution or think tank that disagrees with his economic assessments and outcomes from new policies. What’s worse, to my thinking, is the sycophantic behavior of everyone who surrounds him, excuses him, and equates his phony “the moon is made of cheese” statements to gospel truth.

Why should taxpayers fund congressional actors who seek to “investigate and prove” Trump’s slur against President Obama about wiretapping Trump Tower? Are we now “National Inquirer” nation where nonsensical conclusions are hurled at one’s enemy?

The president’s vendetta against President Obama is more toxic now than when Mr. Trump just carped from the sidelines, acting as if he belonged in politics because he could yell louder than the next drunk at the bar at closing time.

Dr. Krugman: I urge you and your colleagues to drop the term “fake news.” There is no fake news–only lies and truth. In keeping with your employer’s new motto, the truth is more important than ever. And we Timers readers urge you to continue your important struggle to nail down truth during the Trump presidency.

David Underwood

is a trusted commenter Citrus Heights 11 hours ago

““Education is dangerous – Every educated person is a future enemy”—– Hermann Goering quote””

The Trump cabal has a following that believes what they are told. We have seen that, we have seen their rallies, and slogans. They regard anything negative said about him to be a hit piece. A recent investigation of Bannon in the WaPo drew comments it was a hit piece, facts be damned.

I do not think Trump is smart enough to dispute these facts on his own, I see the hand of Bannon, we have a record of him saying we wants to dismantle the government as we know it, make the various agencies
impotent. Trump and his cronies are taking over the justice system, the firing of Preet Baharara is no accident.

These lies and attacks on the press, the budget office, the intelligence community are not an accident. The are deliberate, and pernicious, it is the tactic of dictators and tyrants. What is really disturbing is that segment of the voters that approve of these tactics. They believe their new leader is being attacked because he is a conservative, and the “Facts” about him are made up. Recently a new enemy has been found, “Deep Government” all those government workers who oppose him. Even the spurious phone tap charge has its “might could be” believers.”

These are dangerous times, the INS has become a police state, U.S. judges have been attacked, Antisemitism is rising up, ignorance and conspiracies are welcomed.

They want to make truth relative, as do all tyrants.

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