In a stunning moment of candor, Paul Krugman just gave Sarah Palin, the progenitor of that much derided meme among the Left—the death panel—a tremendous gift. Apparently, liberals were only joking when they were criticizing the “crockpot” idea among conservatives that health care will need to be rationed by ominous “death panels.”
Joel Griffith of Breitbart writes,
Nobel Prize winning “economist” Paul Krugman spoke at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. last week. During the Q&A session following the lecture, an audience member asked him about the rising national debt.
Earlier in the evening, Krugman had already vocalized his satisfaction at President Obama’s apparent lack of concern over the exploding cumulative deficit. However, in a moment of brutal honesty, the esteemed Princeton professor revealed his long term prognosis. According to the professor,
“Eventually we do have a problem. That the population is getting older, health care costs are rising…there is this question of how we’re going to pay for the programs. The year 2025, the year 2030, something is going to have to give…. …. We’re going to need more revenue…Surely it will require some sort of middle class taxes as well.. We won’t be able to pay for the kind of government the society will want without some increase in taxes… on the middle class, maybe a value added tax…And we’re also going to have to make decisions about health care, doc pay for health care that has no demonstrated medical benefits. So the snarky version…which I shouldn’t even say because it will get me in trouble is death panels and sales taxes is how we do this.”
Now, I’m sure some might say that Krugman was just employing some of that deadpan, sardonic “wit” of his here, but call me skeptical. After all, he admitted that his remarks would likely get him into trouble. So, my question is this: Is this another moment of liberalism removing its mask to reveal its chilly indifference to murder? If we want utopia, according to Krugman, we will one day need to start pulling the plug on grandmas and other drags on our medical resources. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you…the conscience of a liberal.