Ep. 30 Obama’s Been a Great President? Not So Fast

9 April 2016     |     Tom Woods     |     9

Krugman argues that blinkered conservatives and cynical progressives alike have failed to appreciate the successes of the Obama presidency. He concentrates on four areas: the economy, health care, financial reform, and climate change. We concentrate on those areas, too — and come up with rather different conclusions. Dan Mitchell, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, joins us as a special guest this week.

Krugman Column

Learning from Obama” (April 1, 2016)

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Contra Columns

The Slow Economic Recovery Explained,” by Peter Wallison
Lie of the Year: ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it’,” by Angie Drobnic Holan
Current Wisdom: We Calculate, You Decide: A Handy-Dandy Carbon Tax Temperature-Savings Calculator,” by Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger

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  • http://myindigolives.wordpress.com/ Ellie Kesselman

    Please, please cover Krugman’s latest political hackery, “Sanders Over the Edge”. I am not a Sanders supporter, but Krugman reaches new heights of petulant self-righteousness. I think Krugman is shooting for a plum role in a Hillary Clinton administration. Blech…


  • http://myindigolives.wordpress.com/ Ellie Kesselman

    Oh wow, I am listening to episode 30 as I write this, and hear that you are covering Krugman’s April 8th column of Hillary Clinton apologia. Thank you!!!

  • RobertRoddis

    MMTers at UMKC attack that right winger Krugman for his attacks on Sanders:


  • Patrick Szarnicki

    A comment on the Contra Cruise:

    My girlfriend would have none of it. Vacations don’t come too incredibly often and she wasn’t about to share one with my love of economics…at least not to that degree.

    This got me thinking. And I may be out of line offering advice, but you two aren’t exactly in the game anymore what with the married-with-children thing going on. I got the impression from your ads that 30% of the cabins filled up almost overnight and then there was a pretty steep drop off in sales, since your advertising position seems the same. Then you mentioned somewhere that you’ve got something like a 90-some-odd % male viewership. Now, I’m as big a praxeology/austro-libertarianism/an-capistan nerd as anyone, but a Caribbean cruise full of dudes is unlikely to be many a man’s ideal trip. Sounds to me like you need to market to women, aka if you build it they will come.

    • RobertRoddis

      We need to get Trump on board building those private AnCap neighborhoods (in a vast variety of lifestyle choices) with private schools, roads, sidewalks, judicial systems and of course, a good supply of water. Then we sell memberships to the ladies on HGTV. No thugs or drugs in these fine neighborhoods.

  • Jabor

    I am a big fan of Dan Mitchell and his well-explained economic videos. I wouldn’t mind hearing him on Tom’s daily podcast.

    I never really thought about it until now, but I would use the same 2 comments to explain both Krugman and Clinton:
    – Experience does not equal competence.
    – Will lie about most anything to advance themselves. Unfortunately for both of them, everything is caught on video or audio nowadays and they can’t explain away their own taped words.

  • Luke Perkins

    I love how the word “ignorance” is such strong language on this podcast. That made my day. I am truly impressed by your ability to stay civil toward people like Krugman and his followers. Keep up the good work 🙂

  • Patrick Szarnicki

    Can I get Bob’s final words in a short facebook ready audio clip? Totally legit.

  • http://www.economicmanblog.com Roger Barris

    Really great episode. I am sharing it with all of my friends.
    Tom, at the very end, you mentioned a study by Michael Bordeaux (sp?) of recoveries from financial crises being stronger than normal. Since the argument of the pro-Obama camp, when they reluctantly acknowledge that the recovery has been weak, is that recoveries from financial crises are always weak, it would be great to take a look at this study. I could not find it with a Google search and you did not post it. Can you post this?