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August 11, 2011

Is Obama Not, In Fact, The Smartest Man In The History Of Mankind?

Where's his transcript?

And where's his intellectual curiosity?

Take Keynesianism. I’ve always assumed that Keynesian remedies–e.g. government deficit spending–worked. Certainly deficit spending seemed to work for Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s. And Paul Krugman may well be right that the only problem with Obama’s stimulus is that it wasn’t big enough. But you can’t say that anymore with certainty, can you? The data–big stimulus,weak recovery–hardly reinforce the paradigm with anything like inarguable clarity. And there are some respected economists–Kenneth Rogoff, and Greg Mankiw, to name two–who question whether the classic Keynesian paradigm still holds in the current slump. Has Obama read them? Consulted them? No need to make a show of it like Carter. He can do it quietly. But has he?

Or is it possible that Obama is … what did they call his predecessor … intellectually incurious?


What do you call a Democrat who clings to his beliefs, despite the hard evidence of real-world tests undermining those beliefs?

A visionary; a genius; a man of highest intellect.

What do you call What do you call a Republican who clings to his beliefs, encouraged by hard evidence confirming those beliefs?

A terrorist.


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