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Paul Krugman: Moderate Democrats need to "wake up" and realize "we're not in 1999 anymore"

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Liberal economist Paul Krugman is not shy about offering scathing criticism of the Republican Party, but this week in his New York Times column, Krugman offers some brutal assessments of Democrats — specifically, centrist Democrats in Congress who have been trying to water down President Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda.

Biden himself is a centrist. During his decades in the U.S. Senate, Biden sometimes voted with Republicans and sometimes voted with fellow Democrats — and he took pride in his ability to work out bipartisan deals with GOP allies like the late Sen. John McCain. But Biden believes that the COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted so much harm on the U.S. economically that progressive legislation is needed at this time.

However, other centrist Democrats, including Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, have argued that some of Biden's Build Back Better proposals have too high a price tag. Krugman vehemently........

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