I always love to see Paul Krugman use the term "non-partisan," as it generally means the opposite. Krugman is not supposed to use his column for partisan purposes, or at least that is the agreement he has with the New York Times, but his column strangely seems to echo the current talking points of the Democratic National Committee.
His latest partisan screed involves the Republican's "Pledge to America," which I have not bothered to read, nor will I read, since I remember the last bout of Republican rule. Nonetheless, I do find myself cheering for the Republicans to win this fall not because I believe they will govern effectively, but rather because the current Democratic juggernaut in which the White House and Congress have openly tried to destroy what is left of our economy (or turn the entire private sector into one big crony capitalism venture) has been a disaster.
For that matter, when we had divided government in the 1990s, things were a bit better, although the Clinton administration got Alan Greenspan to create the stock bubble disguised as the "New Economy." That is why I will support divided government for the last two years of Obama's first (And last?) term in office.
In reading Krugman's column, I get the sense that he really believes that if the Obama government can only increase the amount of money that it borrows and spends, that somehow this will have a magic reaction in which the government can begin to balance its budget and lead us into prosperity. He already is on the record demanding the increase of all income tax rates (which he claims will create more prosperity because government will have more money to spend).
While I have no interest in the Republican's latest gimmick -- and the "Pledge" is just that -- I also have no confidence that Paul Krugman really has a clue as to what an economy really is and what makes it work. A plague on all their houses!