New York Times columnist Paul Krugman http://wfpl.org en Paul Challenges Krugman to Debate Over Government Employment Figures http://wfpl.org/post/paul-challenges-krugman-debate-over-government-employment-figures <p>U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is calling out <em>New York Times</em> columnist and economist Paul Krugman following a brief <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/paul-jousts-krugman-over-economy-public-sector-jobs">debate over public sector employment</a> on Sunday.</p><p>The two appeared on ABC's This Week and had a disagreement over the size of government with Paul arguing that the size of government employment has ballooned since President Obama took office. Krugman pointed out that <a href="http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/government-employment/">public sector jobs have actually declined since January 2009</a>, but Paul says he was talking about federal workers only.</p><p>Paul says <a href="http://soundcloud.com/supd/09-10-12-sen-rand-paul-krugman">Krugman is being dishonest and "playing games with numbers"</a>, adding a challenge to a public debate to the mix.</p><p><span style="">From Sen. Paul's office:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="">"Professor Krugman argues statistics in his usual fashion: making them up or adding in irrelevant information to prove his predetermined point. On Sunday’s “This Week,” he and I were debating the size of government workforce under President Obama. The only logical number we could have been discussing was the number of federal workers. Since the last time I checked, Barack Obama was the President, not a mayor or governor.</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 18:57:44 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1607 at http://wfpl.org Paul Jousts with Krugman Over Economy, Public Sector Jobs http://wfpl.org/post/paul-jousts-krugman-over-economy-public-sector-jobs <p>Warning that business is afraid of President Obama's policies, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., joined ABC's This Week for a roundtable discussion on Sunday to discuss the sluggish economic recovery and the presidential race.</p><p>The latest figures show <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2012/09/07/news/economy/august-jobs-report/index.html">the economy added a meager 96,000 jobs in August</a> and that unemployment fell to 8.1 percent because 368,000 people quit looking for work. The panelist on This Week centered on Mr. Obama's record and the lack of specifics offered by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to fix the economy.</p><p>A noticeable disagreement was between Paul and <em>New York Times </em>columnist and economist Paul Krugman on whether public sector jobs have increased or not since Mr. Obama took office.</p><p>Check it out:</p><p><iframe id="kaltura_player_1347217513" src="http://cdnapi.kaltura.com/index.php/kwidget/wid/1_xdvp7dho/uiconf_id/3775332/st_cache/47988?referer=http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/video/roundtable-election-economy-17195135&amp;autoPlay=false&amp;addThis.playerSize=392x221&amp;freeWheel.siteSectionId=nws_offsite&amp;closedCaptionActive=true&amp;" style="border: 0px solid #ffffff;" height="221" width="392">As Think Progress points out</iframe></p><p> Sun, 09 Sep 2012 19:43:34 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1593 at http://wfpl.org