The word tautological would be quite obscure if not for political propaganda machines like the New York Times and some of their sorrier sisters. Their writers and staff of the Old Grey Lady thrash about in a mystical ideological competition to see if any are noble enough to match the elegant essays of their honored Pulitzer Prize winner Walter Duranty. They all fall dismally short with the possible exception of Paul Krugman.
Duranty taught the NYT how to be pure propagandists rising well above the stature of Eugene Debs as busy workers who must pound upon their rusty anvils and hammer out narrow ideological snippets of propaganda from a shallow agenda and thus turn or twist any news event into some new and pressing validation for bugger government, retreat from wars against Marxist monsters or Islamo-Fascists and prattle on endlessly about the undying splendor of higher taxes.
The general problem with trying to fit ideology into current events is this frequently results in gross errors. But, the NYT never backs down from such political standards even if there are a few lies and false predictions scattered about their pages.
On the Economy after Trump
"It really does look like 'President Donald Trump' and markets are plunging. If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is 'never'," Krugman wrote at the time.--https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/opinion/election-night-2016/paul-krugman-the-economic-fallout
“And I don’t just mean a return to Clinton-era tax rates. Why should 1990s taxes be considered the outer limit of revenue collection? Think about it: The long-run budget outlook has darkened, which means that some hard choices must be made. Why should those choices only involve spending cuts? Why not also push some taxes above their levels in the 1990s?”—Things to Tax. By Paul Krugman--https://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/28/opinion/krugman-things-to-tax.html
On ‘Enormous” Deficits
“Krugman, in a November 2004 interview, criticized the "enormous" Bush deficit. "We have a world-class budget deficit," he said, "not just as in absolute terms, of course -- it's the biggest budget deficit in the history of the world -- but it's a budget deficit that, as a share of GDP, is right up there."
The numbers? The deficit in fiscal year 2004 -- $413 billion, 3.5 percent of the gross domestic product.”-- Krugman: Bush's Deficit Bad, Obama's Deficit Good By Larry Elder--https://www.ocregister.com/2010/02/13/larry-elder-krugman-bushs-deficit-bad-obamas-deficit-good/
The Theme of the New York Times shared by Walter Duranty and Paul Krugman
“He said that these people had to be "liquidated or melted in the hot fire of exile and labor into the proletarian mass". Duranty claimed that the Siberian labor camps were a means of giving individuals a chance to rejoin Soviet society but also said that for those who could not accept the system, "the final fate of such enemies is death." Duranty, though describing the system as cruel, says he has "no brief for or against it, nor any purpose save to try to tell the truth". He ends the article with the claim that the brutal collectivization campaign which led to the famine was motivated by the "hope or promise of a subsequent raising up" of Asian-minded masses in the Soviet Union which only history could judge.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Duranty
On the Depression of 2008
“Everyone has a theory about the financial crisis. These theories range from the absurd to the plausible — from claims that liberal Democrats somehow forced banks to lend to the undeserving poor (even though Republicans controlled Congress) to the belief that exotic financial instruments fostered confusion and fraud. But what do we really know?” — An Irish Mirror By Paul Krugman Op-Ed Columnist Published: March 7, 2010-- https://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/08/opinion/08krugman.html
What is amusing about Krugman and his lackeys (and agitprop spinners) at the NYT is that he favors high taxes, for all time and for any old time, and high deficits unless the deficits happen during the administration of a Republican. He cannot find fault with leftist social programs even if mandated lending to the ‘poor’ had nothing to do with the crash in 2008. He seems to follow, closely, the NYT’s greatest Pulitzer Prize winner: Walter Duranty, whose prize still hangs in the lobby in NYC. Tax and spend and praise liberal Democrats despite their shortcomings!