Someone Finally Loves Bruce Bartlett

Bruce “Won’t Someone Please Love Me” Bartlett finally has an admirer. And it’s Paul Krugman. (Thanks to Bob Wenzel.)

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  • Francis P

    I recently subscribed to The American Conservative based solely on your recommendation, Dr. Woods. I just received my first issue (the one with the Barlett article), and I feel like I deserve a refund for false advertising. Aside from the ode to Paul Krugman and Keynesian economics, there was also a screed against a small Catholic college in Florida (which looked like a personal vendetta, wrapped in a book review) as well as a complaint about the 1% and an attack on an Austrian perspective book.

    I was hoping to read a magazine that puts conservatism above Republicanism, but instead it just seems to be a magazine that puts liberalism over conservatism. Hopefully this was an aberation and future issues will be more informative.

  • Gamble

    I think Republicans now realize that Ron Paul had as good or
    better chance as anybody and they would not even had to compromise all their principles (assuming they have any). Too late now.

    Next time, don’t exile your most rabid tent goers, you need

  • Anonymous

    Don’t read the comments on that article. You will either laugh, cry, get angry, or just become really depressed. In the end you’ll likely just be depressed by the cries of the sheep praising their master(s).

  • Don Wills

    I just posted this message (which is currently awaiting moderation) in response to Mr. Bartlett’s article –

    “A well written article by a man seemingly with fewer core principles than Romney, if that’s even possible. Mr. Bartlett, maybe you would have some friends if you stuck by some principles, any principles. Your description of bouncing around from Ron Paul to Bush to Keynes to Krugman was nauseating to read.”

  • JohnD

    I thought the blow up quote about Krugman being right about everything was a joke at first. We really need the Murphy Krugman debate to counterbalance this bizarro-world stuff.

  • Chris Hadrick embarrassing Bartlett column from 03

  • Jimi

    I understand Bartlett’s frustration with the Republican Party. I largely agree with him on that part. But it seems like his frustration with big spenders within the party he’s identified with has made him side with big(ger) spenders in the other party. To me it’s like a chick who turns lesbian because she had a really bad experience with her ex. It doesn’t make sense, unless he now truly believes in Keynesian economics.

    At the end of the day Republicans and Democrats are really not that much different though.

    These days the way I see it is would you rather shoot yourself in the head with a .45 (vote Democrat), shoot yourself in the chest with a .22 (vote Republican), or not shoot yourself at all and vote Libertarian?

  • Michael W

    I second Francis P.’s comment below. I’ve actually been a subscriber to The American Conservative for many years now. I’ve usually just ignored their protectionist leanings as an attempt to reach out to the “Middle American Radicals” Sam Francis used to talk about.

    This latest issue though was disastrously bad. Krugman loving, Keynesian kowtowing, the Bartlett “article” (if we can call that word vomit an “article”); I’m very seriously considering cancelling my subscription. I get my genuine conservatism nowadays from Chronicles and many blogs (including this one), I don’t see the need to support Ron Unz’s new regime nonsense.

  • Robert Roddis

    More treasure from my attic. Libertarian Review 1980. Supply-sider Bruce Bartlett seems to love gold:

    So, after all these decades and the complete failure of Keynesian money dilution and debt programs, Bartlett decides that Keynes was right. There just wasn’t enough “aggregate demand” in the 1930s. Who knew?

    No one had ever before thought about why so many business people made
    decisions that resulted in so much of the wrong stuff being made which no one wanted to buy. It’s such a mystery.