So, even though Krugman said the following, he really didn't say it and I am sure that his gaggle of groupies will believe him:
Some years down the pike, 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.So, given Krugman's previous statements (which he made but didn't make), he now accuses Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan of wanting to let people die in order to "save money." However, RR are even more sinister than just pure "death panels" advocates:
The Romney-Ryan position on health care is that many millions of Americans must be denied health insurance, and millions more deprived of the security Medicare now provides, in order to save money. At the same time, of course, Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan are proposing trillions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthy. So a literal description of their plan is that they want to expose many Americans to financial insecurity, and let some of them die, so that a handful of already wealthy people can have a higher after-tax income.I had no idea that the reason that some people believe that capital gains taxes should not be as high as Krugman and Barack Obama demand is because they want people to die. The explanation I always heard was that high capital gains taxes limit capital investment, but since capital is irrelevant to a Keynesian (except for its promotion of short-term spending), I guess Krugman's answer makes sense. Yes, anyone who thinks that we should not be putting tax barriers in the way of capital formation believes so because he or she wants people to be without healthcare in their most dire moments.