Friday, January 13, 2012

Paul Krugman: Straw Man Slayer

Paul Krugman quotes a fictional character created by one of America's most left-wing filmmakers to demonize and caricature Wall Street and, by extension, the probable GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. No doubt his fans will eat it up. But you don't win arguments with such transparent partisanship.

Note to Krugman: Gordon Gekko is not a real person and he is not running for President of the United States, no matter how much you wish he were.

12 Comments:

Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Hey, wait a minute! You're a writer. Are you going to tell me that you've never quoted or referenced a fictional character to make a point? As I watch the Republican candidates cannibalize each other, I am reminded of this wonderful quote from one of my favorites. Pogo. "We have found the enemy and he is us"

January 13, 2012 at 3:09 PM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

Come to think of it there was that time when I compared Barack Obama to Darth Vader and suggested that it was his administration's goal was to destroy Planet Earth...

Do you think I was wrong?

January 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM 
Blogger CharlieSix said...

Amazing that we share that quote from Pogo as one of our respective favorites, Bob... Indeed, I sent an email in the early hours of November 5, 2008 to many friends, including those who are very liberal, stating the same exact thing... So, no, Spencerblog, you were not wrong with your fictional reference...

January 13, 2012 at 6:43 PM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Think about what you've written Charlie. Very revealing.

January 13, 2012 at 8:42 PM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Gil - Absolutely right on target. Probably from your column on 11/5/08.

January 13, 2012 at 8:45 PM 
Blogger CharlieSix said...

I did what you implored, Bob, as in thinking about what I wrote in my post. And took my time in doing so as you can judge by the time of this post. Despite trying to conclude otherwise I kept coming back to the same place. That is that I think you must have misunderstood my post. On November 5, 2008 I sent my email to friends and family in the vein that "we" (the citizens current and future of the United States) have met the enemy and "he" (the enemy) is "us" (as in the collective electorate that put Barrack Hussein Obama in office). So I respectfully submit that my thinking and rethinking of what I posted is now concluded. I'm pleased you thought it was revealing. Possibly that means you are inclined to agree with me. Just sayin'...

January 14, 2012 at 3:00 AM 
Blogger CharlieSix said...

I did what you implored, Bob, as in thinking about what I wrote in my post. And took my time in doing so as you can judge by the time of this post. Despite trying to conclude otherwise I kept coming back to the same place. That is that I think you must have misunderstood my post. On November 5, 2008 I sent my email to friends and family in the vein that "we" (the citizens current and future of the United States) have met the enemy and "he" (the enemy) is "us" (as in the collective electorate that put Barrack Hussein Obama in office). So I respectfully submit that my thinking and rethinking of what I posted is now concluded. I'm pleased you thought it was revealing. Possibly that means you are inclined to agree with me. Just sayin'...

January 14, 2012 at 3:01 AM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Charlie Six Pack - I gave you a hint. But honestly, I didn't expect you to get it. I'll explain it to you. I have to live in this country for the next four years. As does my son, my father, and all of the other people that I love and care for. Both Liberal and conservative. Gil included. Regardless of who wins the 2012 election, I will wish that person the best of luck, and hope for a prosperous and successful four years. I certainly won't be sending out negative and divisive e-mails.

January 14, 2012 at 7:14 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

By the way, I just kidding. I never wrote such a thing.

January 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

But I do remember you once referencing Capt. Peter “Wrong Way” Peachfuzz from the “Rocky and Bullwinkle Show" Don't try to deny it.

January 14, 2012 at 12:18 PM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

Deny it? Why would I deny something so AWESOME?

January 14, 2012 at 7:53 PM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

Gil - Props for any references to "Rocky & Bullwinkle" related, it's the shizznik! (sp?)

January 16, 2012 at 6:57 AM 

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