...we are not facing any kind of fiscal crisis. Indeed, U.S. borrowing costs are at historic lows, with investors actually willing to pay the government for the privilege of owning inflation-protected bonds. So reducing the budget deficit just isn’t the top priority for America at the moment; creating jobs is. For now, the administration’s political capital should be devoted to passing something like last year’s American Jobs Act and providing effective mortgage debt relief.Actually, an economy normally creates employment opportunities by creating new wealth, not printing money, but in Wonderland, the printing press is the real source of wealth and the more the Obama administration through Bernanke prints (and that essentially is what the guy is doing), the wealthier we are!
How do economies grow? Before the creation of Wonderland, they grew when entrepreneurs found ways to combine resources and factors of production in way that would enable them to move these factors and resources from lower-valued to higher-valued uses, as ultimately decided by people who purchased consumption goods. Over time, entrepreneurs found newer and better ways to apply these resources in a way in which we were able to produce more with less.
Even economists at one time believed that. Today, we have Nobel Prize-winning economists claim that economies grow via government spending, through vast subsidies given to industries run by people who are politically-connected to whomever is in power, and by keeping entrepreneurs from producing more wealth.
In Wonderland, "costs" simply are official price-denominated outlays that can be raised or lowered simply via government edict. As the Federal Reserve System quietly props up more banks and governments, we are told that Bernanke actually is creating a miracle world in which the Law of Opportunity Cost is repealed.
The real economy is doing very poorly, but Krugman and his friends in Washington, which has found itself in the position of becoming wealthier during this depression -- at the expense of the rest of the country -- are doing quite well, thank you. Federal workers are taking in more than ever, while the regulatory state grows and grows, while the police powers of the State of Wonderland increase.
Once upon a time, Washington would have been exposed for the parasitic economy it has become, but now that we are in the Age of Wonderland led by Really Smart People, Washington's new riches are seen as progress. Socialism comes to a grinding halt when, in Margaret Thatchers words, the socialists run out of other people's money to spend, but I guess we are not quite there yet.
You see, Krugman actually seems to believe that the "Social Safety Net" actually is a net creator, not a net consumer of wealth. It is economics turned upside down, but for the time being, the folks who believe we create new wealth by taxation, printing money, borrowing at record rates, restricting entrepreneurs, and promoting inflation have the microphone and they are not giving it up.