A hate-filled col­umn

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Paul Krug­man’s July 1 col­umn was typ­i­cally bit­terly hate-filled and, in my view, lack­ing com­mon sense. Talk­ing about health in­sur­ance he says: “… the evils of the GOP plan are the flip side of the virtues of Oba­macare. … GOP ba­si­cally con­sists of ca­reer ap­pa­ratchiks who live in an in­tel­lec­tual bub­ble, and those Rea­gan-era stereo­types still dom­i­nate their pic­ture of strug­gling Amer­i­cans. … Repub­li­cans start from a sort of base­line of cru­elty to­ward the less for­tu­nate.”

Con­trast Krug­man’s di­a­tribe to Peggy Noo­nan’s col­umn that day in the Wall Street Jour­nal. Sug­gest­ing a bi­par­ti­san ef­fort on health care, she writes: “Is it fair that both par­ties must fix a prob­lem cre­ated by one party? No, but it would be wise and would work. … Show some class, help the coun­try. When it’s over, use what­ever words you want: ‘We forced Democrats to ad­mit the bill [Oba­macare] was flawed and dy­ing.’ ‘We forced Repub­li­cans to back down.’ Amer­ica won’t mind the pro­pa­ganda, they’re used to it. Just make a bad thing bet­ter.”

If you choose to dis­con­tinue Krug­man’s col­umn, I would be pleased. GE­ORGE MOBBS

Lit­tle Rock

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