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Trump’s zombies are feasting on voters’ brains, says acid-pen economist

The economy is not what scares Paul Krugman about a second Trump term. It’s what will happen to US democracy

Tom Rees

Paul Krugman warns that Capitol Hill has been overrun by zombies ahead of November’s crucial US election. Washington’s living dead and their “zombie ideas” are shambling along and feasting on the brains of voters and policymakers, says the Nobel Prize-winning economist.

“Trump’s domestic agenda is built around the usual Republican zombies. First, the claim the tax cuts will pay for themselves, and faced with big deficits, the claim that it has nothing to do with the tax cuts.”

Krugman worries that “zombie ideas” – those that should have been killed off by evidence but stumble on to infect voters and policymakers’ minds – have already taken hold in the US...

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