Harvard historian Niall Ferguson is catching plenty of heat over his Newsweek cover story, Obama’s Gotta Go. Ferguson details how Obama broke many of his campaign promises, and argues that a Romney and Ryan presidency is the only path to prosperity.
“The voters now face a stark choice,” he writes. “They can let Barack Obama’s rambling, solipsistic narrative continue until they find themselves living in some American version of Europe, with low growth, high unemployment, even higher debt—and real geopolitical decline.
“Or they can opt for real change: the kind of change that will end four years of economic underperformance, stop the terrifying accumulation of debt, and reestablish a secure fiscal foundation for American national security.”
Fellow writers have lambasted Ferguson for his inaccurate facts and distortions. Twitter has lit up with more than a few strong responses:
“Niall Ferguson’s piece is sadly so ridden with errors and elisions and non-sequiturs it will require a few more posts,” tweets Andrew Sullivan.
Kara Swisher: “Whatever side you are on, a must read: Niall Ferguson on Why Barack Obama Needs to Go.”
UPDATE: Ferguson has responded to some of the charges:
On FORA.tv Ferguson has long warned of what the federal debt and poor economic growth could do to America: