As reported at CNS News:
‘Real Solution’ to U.S. Debt Crisis Is ‘Death Panels and Sales Taxes,’ Liberal Economist Says
Monday, November 15, 2010
(CNSNews.com) – A liberal economist who blasted Republican warnings about death panels as “smears” and “lies” is now using the term himself.
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, appearing as part of a roundtable discussion on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, criticized President Obama’s deficit commission for failing to address spiraling Medicare costs.
Krugman said the deficit commission isn’t doing any good if it’s “not telling people about the kinds of choices that need to be made.”
In the years ahead, Krugman said, “we’re going to get the real solution, which is going to be a combination of death panels and sales taxes. It’s going to be that we’re actually going to take Medicare under control, and we’re going to have to get some additional revenue, probably from a VAT (value-added tax). But it’s not going to happen now.”
Last year, in an Aug. 13, 2009 column, Krugman blasted Sarah Palin for claiming that health care reform would create “death panels” that would “shuffle the elderly and others off to an early grave. It’s a complete fabrication, of course,” Krugman wrote at the time.
A week later, Krugman accused Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) of feeding “the death panel smear,” by warning that health care reform would “pull the plug on grandma.”
The full article is found here.
Translation: old people have to go; if we can’t kill them by withholding medical care, we have to starve them to death. We can’t afford to spend money on useless eaters.