Krugman’s Smear

by Ed Whelan

In the column that Jonah rightly derides, Paul Krugman claims that “modern American conservatism is, in large part, a movement shaped by billionaires and their bank accounts, and assured paychecks for the ideologically loyal are an important part of the system.” He goes on to assert that the institution I run, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is one of a “network of organizations that may seem independent on the surface but are largely financed by a handful of ultrawealthy families.”

I sure do wish that my colleagues and I had “assured paychecks” and that a “handful of ultrawealthy families” “largely financed” EPPC’s operations. That would make my job a lot easier. Alas, that’s not the case, as we depend on the generosity of a broad range of donors at all levels. Even Krugman, in asserting that EPPC “has received funding from the usual sources” — the phrase “has received funding” conveniently covers the three-decades-plus of EPPC’s existence — manages to name only two such supposed sources of unspecified funding before throwing in “and so on.”

If you want to contribute to EPPC’s newly established Krugman Is Bonkers Program — and support the work of NRO regulars like (to name a few) George Weigel, Stanley Kurtz, Yuval Levin, Pete Wehner, Jim Capretta, and yours truly — you’re welcome to do so here.