Wolfie 'drops' two names: Paul Krugman and David Starkey
They're both losers - and winners!
But even his own country cannot escape the all-seeing gaze through Starkey’s triple-bifocals.
"Once upon a time,” he drawled, as if reading "Snow White and the Seven Bears" to children, "England was a great country."
Well, he’s on to something there. The place is sure no bargain these days, and there must have been some time it wasn’t stuck in a dung ditch. And when he talks about bygone days, he’s on solid ground. After all, he was probably THERE.
Small wonder English blue bonnets like Starkey hanker back to yesteryear, when their "empire" ruled much of the world – including Ireland – and when they could easily bully smaller nations and oppress millions of people. And I’m not just talking about the way they smell.
Which, naturally, brings us to Krugman, another egghead, and our joint “Wolf Droppings" honoree.
In his Monday column in The New York Times, which, unlike IrishCentral.com, will soon be charging you to read its worthless online content – OUR worthless online content is totally free – Krugman said that the worst thing that could happen to the U.S. would be that it would turn Irish, which he says is the poster boy for the sick world economy.
He cites the property bubble, the tanking tax revenues, the ailing banks and a host of other factors that have indeed turned Ireland into the sick man of Europe.
He jumped on the merry-go-round that every two-bit economist in the world has, in an orgy of Irish-bashing. Krugman even sought out and finally won the support of the Putziler Prize committee, submitting a record 4,985,056 cereal boxtops to take home an award.
Now, I admit to a certain amount of respect for Krugman. As sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison in “The Odd Couple,” Paul “Jack” Krugman brought Wolfie quite a few good laughs. But even this comedic tour de force hardly qualifies him to talk about the world economy.
In fact, Wolfie thinks America would be privileged to turn Irish.
Interesting that nowhere in his column did he talk about the Irish people in ways other than statistics. That could be because he’s never met them, either as a writer or a sitcom star. Roommate Felix Unger was Jewish, and so was Murray the cop, I think. There MAY have been an occasional Irish guest star, like "Otis the drunk," but it was few and far-between.
But at least he should know a few pertinent things about Irish history.
Yup, things are bad right now in Ireland. But they've been a lot worse.
In the 1840s, millions of Irish starved to death in Europe’s worst 19th century genocide as the British stood by – probably watching "Questions and Answers."
But during the commercial break, Ireland recovered and defeated the British.
Not only that, they have endured and overcome more than almost any other nation on earth.
In the 1950s, the country had nothing and huge numbers of people emigrated. In the 1980s, the country was even more broke – and many more emigrated.