(2) Mr. Krugman was PERFECTLY correct when he wrote this, taken from your link to his NYT editorial of 2008:
Fannie and Freddie had nothing to do with the explosion of high-risk lending a few years ago, an explosion that dwarfed the S.& L. fiasco. In fact, Fannie and Freddie, after growing rapidly in the 1990s, largely faded from the scene during the height of the housing bubble.
Partly thatís because regulators, responding to accounting scandals at the companies, placed temporary restraints on both Fannie and Freddie that curtailed their lending just as housing prices were really taking off. Also, they didnít do any subprime lending, because they canít: the definition of a subprime loan is precisely a loan that doesnít meet the requirement, imposed by law, that Fannie and Freddie buy only mortgages issued to borrowers who made substantial down payments and carefully documented their income.
LeRoy: I would be willing to be that you cannot even name the person who alerted the country to the accounting irregularities at Fannie and Freddie back in 2003, which LED to the regulators curtailing their lending. IF you cannot tell us who that person was, you will stand revealed as a poseur.
(3) We NEED to invest in green energy. Perhaps you haven't heard, but 2016 is on the path to becoming the warmest year on record. The previous record-holder was the previous year, 2015. Are you a climate change denialist, like our new scientifically illiterate President? He's going to try to revive the coal industry. While he's at that, he might as well be trying to revive the once-thriving typewriter industry. It is JUST that stupid.
(4) President Obama more than once proposed lowering that very high corporate profits tax. Republicans didn't want to 'play ball', because they didn't want Obama to get any credit for doing so.
(5) I was NEVER a Bernie Sanders supporter and would NOT have voted for him. Hillary's proposed tax increase was very modest, and her plan would not have led to an enormous increase in the national debt. Which Mr. Trump's 'plan' WILL do.
(6) Roughly 85% of professional economists believe that fiscal stimulus IS effective in a less-than-fully employed economy. Whether those policies are WISE in the long run is a quite separate question. It is for reasons such as that, that I am NOT a Keynesian. The ironic thing is that we are now going to be mounting a MASSIVE fiscal stimulus, dwarfing the stimulus we applied in 2009, in an economy that is very close to full employment.