Thursday, April 17, 2008

Paul Krugman Is A Brave Man

On his blog, Paul Krugman is already offering the supporting data for his column tomorrow. Based on the data, it appears that his column is going to tackle Obama's "bitter" comment. Specifically, it looks like Krugman is going to address the most controversial and politically explosive aspect of Obama's comments: that people who suffer hard times economically "cling" to religion. Just posting the chart that shows church attendance and income by state is guaranteed to stir up considerable controversy. If he does address the relationship between income and church attendance in his column, then no one will ever again be allowed to say that Krugman shies away from the tough issues. Of course, no one who remembers his Foreign Affairs article in the early '90s that called the "Asian miracle" a myth would say that anyway. UPDATE: Indeed, Krugman did address the relationship between income and religion. However, he took the less controversial route of saying that people in poor states don't go to church more because they're poor.