Paul Krugman: INQUIRY AND INTIMIDATION

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Republicans in Congress are planning to investigate the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, looking for evidence of corruption and wrongdoing. It’s absurd, of course: a tiny commission with a small budget didn’t offer much scope for corruption. But what this is really about is intimidation — in much the same way that investigations of climate scientists are about intimidation. What the GOP wants is to make people afraid even to do research that produces conclusions they don’t like. And they don’t stop at trying to undermine the research — they go after the researchers personally. The goal is to create an environment in which analysts and academics are afraid to look into things like financial-industry malfeasance or climate change, for fear that some subcommittee will either dig up or invent dirt about their private lives. McCarthy had nothing on these guys.

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