Might Paul Krugman Move to My Neighborhood?
Paul is finding his New Jersey neighborhood a bit too noisy:
Right now is a beautiful time of year in Princeton, and I like to take advantage by carrying my coffee and laptop outside early in the morning, working to the sound of birdsong. But by 8 AM or so it’s hard to hear the birds over the noise of various kinds of power equipment. I feel as if I need to move to Manhattan to get some peace and quiet.
While First Avenue is way too busy by 8AM, Central Park hasn’t quite yet gotten that overwhelming – well at least until later in the morning. I’d love to invite Paul to the neighbor bar so he can tell stories like this one:
Well, elsewhere in the FT there’s an article titled “U.S. senator seeks clampdown on speculation in oil markets”, which quotes Joe Lieberman saying that speculators are a significant contributing factor to the economic distress now being felt by American consumers every time they stand in the grocery store checkout line or pay for a fill-up at the gas pump. Joe Lieberman, the Huey Long of Greenwich! And let’s not forget those wild-eyed, shaggy-haired leftists at National Review, who have been telling us that high oil prices are a bubble that’s about to burst for more than 5 years.
And we should invite Greg Mankiw who after reading this:
McCain may not accept such criticism. He has shown increasing disdain for any economist who questions his policy prescriptions. Earlier this month, he lashed out at critics of his proposal for a summer gas-tax holiday. “You know the economists?” McCain said June 12 at Federal Hall, near the New York Stock Exchange. “They’re the same ones that didn’t predict this housing crisis we’re in. They’re the same ones that didn’t predict the dot-com meltdown. They’re the same ones that didn’t predict the inflation that’s staring us in the face today.”
Fortunately, Mr McCain’s crystal ball foretold all of these events.