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Krugman on Romney’s cynicism

Paul Krugman asks whether Mitt Romney is going for some kind of record in the cynicism category.

Not in his N.Y.Times column, but in his “Conscience of a liberal” blog, Paul Krugman asks whether Mitt Romney is going for some kind of record in the cynicism category.

Krugman’s takeoff point comes from Romney’s statement in advance of the release of the Obama budget yesterday. Romney both blames Obama for not taking on the long-term sustainability of the big entitlement programs and, in the same paragraph, blasts Obama for (in the big health care bill) cutting Medicare spending by $500 billion.

Here’s the quote, from an email sent by Team Romney to reporters covering the campaign:

“This week, President Obama will release a budget that won’t take any meaningful steps toward solving our entitlement crisis,” Romney said in a statement e-mailed to reporters. “The president has failed to offer a single serious idea to save Social Security and is the only president in modern history to cut Medicare benefits for seniors.”