Humbuggery in American Politics
Humbug (noun: deceptive or false talk or behavior: his statement are sheer humbug; a hypocrite : you see what a humbug he is.
There has always been a bit of humbug in politics, but during the 2008 and 2010 campaigns far-right humbuggery reached new heights.
Even Minnesota’s soon-to-be ex-Governor Pawlenty was infected. In the 12/13/10 Wall Street Journal, he wrote: “thanks to President Obama, (government) has become the only booming “industry” left in our economy. Since January 2008 (?) the private sector has lost nearly eight million jobs while local, state and federal governments added 590,000.”
To this, Paul Krugman responds, “Horrors! Except that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, government employment has fallen, not risen, since January 2008. And since January 2009, when Mr. Obama actually did take office, government employment has fallen by more than 300,000 as hard-pressed state and local governments have been forced to lay off teachers, police officers, firefighters and other workers.”
Read more in today’s Paul Krugman op-ed, The Humbug Express:
Then, check out Paul Slansky’s HuffPost article, The Year of Shamelessness: