Paul Krugman: If you want to feel better about America, go to Europe

"The overall economic situation in US gives ample grounds for hope," as long as we don't elect that "blowhard"

By Scott Eric Kaufman
May 2, 2016 4:20PM (UTC)
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In his Monday New York Times column, Paul Krugman sang the praises of an America that will eventually, in his mind, have Hillary Clinton deposited in the White House.

"I’d love to see Europe emerge from its funk," Krugman wrote from Portugal. "The world needs more vibrant democracies! But at the moment it’s hard to see any positive signs."


However, he noted that "[v]isiting Europe can make an American feel good about his own country," even if "one of our two major parties is poised to nominate a dangerous blowhard for president." It has, however,

been obvious for a while that the G.O.P. was in the process of going mad, and the odds are that he won’t actually end up in the White House. Meanwhile, the overall economic and political situation in America gives ample grounds for hope, which is in very short supply over here...

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