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Krugman: Obama Viewing World More as a Conservative Now

Monday, 22 Nov 2010 10:46 AM

President Barack Obama has adopted a conservative's view of the world, especially when it comes to U.S. history, says Nobel laureate Paul Krugman.

"More and more, it's becoming clear that progressives who had their hearts set on Obama were engaged in a huge act of self-delusion," Krugman writes in the New York Times.

"Once you got past the soaring rhetoric you noticed, if you actually paid attention to what he said, that he largely accepted the conservative storyline, a view of the world, including a mythological history, that bears little resemblance to the facts."

Obama has said that Ronald Reagan was a leader who brought America a “sense of dynamism and entrepreneurship that had been missing,” Krugman points out.

Obama also reportedly said Franklin Delano Roosevelt had stalled on some of his polices so that they would be easier to sell when things were tougher, Krugman writes in his New York Times column.

For Krugman, productivity and innovation surged under President Clinton, not Reagan, and FDR could not start out with his own policies because inaugurations during his day took place in March, not January, which meant Herbert Hoover's policies still stood, including foreign-exchange and fiscal policies.

"Confronted with a situation utterly at odds with that storyline … he stayed with the myth," Krugman says of Obama.

Obama must work more with conservatives now that the Republicans have gained control of the House of Representatives.

Incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner, who famously asked Obama "where are the jobs?" will disagree with the president on issues such as spending and taxes.

"They're not going to agree very often," says University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato, according to Reuters.

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