Paul Krugman, Nobel ignoramus

Paul Krugman, the Nobel ignoramus, recently wrote a column for The New York Times headlined, “The Angry Rich.” According to Krugman, wealthy people are angry because money to which they feel “entitled” is being taken away.

Krugman is outing himself as a socialist by admitting publicly that he considers the idea of wanting to keep more of your own money an “entitlement.”

Radical leftists lie and distort to incite class envy. They call it “greedy” to want to keep money that you earned, but it’s not greedy to demand that government steal it from you and redistribute it to those who never earned it. That’s an interesting interpretation of “greed.”

Krugman forgets to tell his readers that this “angry minority” pays the disproportionate majority of the taxes. The top 1 percent of earners pay almost 40 percent of all income taxes. The top 5 percent pay 70 percent of taxes. The top 25 percent pay almost 100 percent of taxes. Damn right the rich are angry. It’s always easy to vote for tax increases on someone else — especially when it gets redistributed to you.

Yes, we’re angry. We are tired of being scapegoats and punching bags. We are tired of politicians taking our hard-earned money and wasting it on bloated government spending; more government employees who receive guaranteed jobs and obscene pensions for life; unnecessary wars; vote-buying earmarks; corrupt bailouts to campaign contributors; and trillion-dollar handouts described as stimulus.

Krugman reports that these are desperate times for people who have lost their jobs or homes. This is true. But who will create the jobs to help all these people? Assuming they still have the money, small businesses. Entrepreneurs who pursue the American Dream do so by creating businesses, creating jobs and spending money on equipment and raw materials. They make their employees rich and the employees of the places they buy from rich, too. How many millionaires did Google, Cisco, Apple and Microsoft mint? How much money did their employees spend? How many Americans were enriched by all this success?

Krugman says “real” rage and suffering isn’t found among the rich. In his socialist mind, it’s only found among the poor. Well, Mr. Krugman, my friends are mostly small business owners. And they are suffering in record numbers. They are losing their executive jobs, never to find another. They are struggling to make payrolls so their employees can pay the mortgage — while they themselves forgo a paycheck. They are losing their small businesses, along with everything they’ve worked years to build. They are spending their retirement money on their own survival or their children’s college education. They are desperate — you just don’t notice up there on the top floors of The New York Times.

This is precisely why there are no jobs — “the working rich” are in trouble, under siege and being squeezed by the economy and government. And as long as people like Mr. Krugman and President Obama are in power, there will be no new jobs. The only way they know how to create jobs is by taking $40 million from taxpayers’ pockets to create 20 temporary jobs at a cost of $2 million each. Thank goodness we have Nobel Prize winners like Krugman and Obama to save us.

Krugman denigrates and taunts people who make $250,000 to $500,000. “They can afford higher taxes” is his leftist chant. But take another $50,000 in taxes from a family making $400,000 and you’ve just put two of their employees making $30,000 a year directly in the unemployment line. You’ll spend about $400 a week in unemployment insurance for the next 99 weeks for each of those employees, for a net loss to the government of $30,000 or so. That kind of economic model only works in books written by Karl Marx and taught by Nobel Ignoramus Prize winners.

Krugman calls the rich in America “the world’s luckiest people.” Is he joking? The majority of the rich he is referring to toil at their small businesses 60-plus hours a week, sacrificing family and quality of life.

These heroes of the business world that Krugman derisively calls “rich” and “greedy” took on hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt to fund their educations, then risked hundreds of thousands more to start their small businesses. Their reward for all this hard work, sacrifice and risk-taking? A greedy government that demands more and more in return for … nothing.

Sorry, Mr. Krugman, I don’t need partners like that. Usually partners like that are called organized crime.

Krugman says the rich are angry and out for revenge. Well, that’s not hard to understand when a productive minority of risk-takers and job creators is being lynched by a dysfunctional group of socialists who believe keeping some of your own money is an “entitlement.” Soon we intend to ensure that Nobel Ignoramus socialists like Krugman and Obama and are never again allowed anywhere near the American economy.

Wayne Allyn Root, chairman of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee and author of “The Conscience of a Libertarian,” writes from Henderson.

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