Our Netroots Nation correspondents probably have more to tell us, but in the interim, thanks to commentor Amir Khalid for the TPM2012 link:
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on Saturday morning called the current state of the U.S. economy “incredibly awful.”
“If you don’t know multiple people who are suffering, then you must be living in a very rarefied environment,” he said in a brief address to the Netroots Nation conference. “You must be maybe a member of the Romney clan, or something.”
Krugman is out with a new book, “End This Depression Now!”, and he told the progressive gathering that the country’s economic problems are solvable.
“None of this has to be happening. We didn’t have a plague of locusts, we were not hit by a tsunami, there wasn’t some act of God that created this terrible situation. It was acts of man.”…
Krugman concluded that Americans are living under the tyranny of “very serious people” — people like Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, he said. “Solving this depression is not fundamentally an economic problem, it’s a political problem.”
The man keeps himself busy. My pathethic google-fu has not uncovered a transcript of his keynote speech at the Texas Observer‘s 2012 Molly (Ivins) Awards, beyond a note from the Austin American-Statesman’s Michael Barnes:
He made trenchant remarks about the economy and what he feels are misinformed responses the political class. But he also pinpointed the value of the investigative work done by reporters who don’t just act as scribes to the powerful. (Some other famous prizes often reward that kind of insider sleight of hand.)
Has anybody had the chance to read End This Depression Now! yet?