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Paul Krugman's Identity Theft

The entirety of Paul Krugman's explanation at the NYT:
Well, this is interesting. I hear that the not-so-good people at National Review are attacking me over something I said on my Google+ page. Except, I don’t have a Google+ page.

This is the third incident I’m aware of — there may well be more — in which people are claiming to be me. There was also my nonexistent connection with academia.edu, and at least one web opinion piece by someone claiming to be me (and sounding not at all like me).

This is really cute, not. Apparently some people can’t find enough things to attack in what I actually say, so they’re busy creating fake quotes. And I have enough on my plate without trying to chase all this stuff down.

So if you see me quoted as saying something really stupid or outrageous, and it didn’t come from the Times or some other verifiable site, you should probably assume it was a fake.
...then, via @MelissaTweets, I found the perpetrator: Carlos R. Graterol, who blogs at CampaignFix.com:
If you showed any disgust at my fake comment written on Google+, I expect you would show equal antipathy for the two quotes above. For too long now, Krugman along with other Keynesian economists such as Nouriel Roubini have supported Keynesian policies which advocate for more taxation of the job creating private sector to contribute to the job destroying public sector. While he public sector has “created” jobs, one must remember and take into account the opportunity cost of taxing the private sector.

I am not ashamed of what I have said in Paul Krugman’s name on Google+. It is but an example of the many misguided beliefs that Paul Krugman holds, defends, and espouses on a daily basis. It is a shame that based on Paul Krugman’s reputation, I can write a statement about the East Coast earthquake as I did above and many of Krugman’s supporters would defend it and share it with others.

Below are two screenshots of access only I possess of the Paul Krugman’s Google+ account. It was fun while it lasted, but even pretending to be Paul Krugman has become too much for me to bear. My name is Carlos R. Graterol. I studied Economics and Political Science at Florida State University and graduated in Spring 2010, Go Noles!
Let me explain to you why Carlos R. Graterol is a f**king douche...

I don't agree with all of what Krugman says. In the aftermath of September 11th, 2001 Krugman said:
[W]e must ask about the economic aftershocks from Tuesday’s horror. These aftershocks need not be major. Ghastly as it may seem to say this, the terror attack — like the original day of infamy, which brought an end to the Great Depression — could even do some economic good.
...which to me, was completely out-of-line given the timing of the writing only three days after the attacks.

Now listen-up all of you Paul-Krugman-haters: you're going to have to put aside your feelings regarding the famously-liberal pundit at the New York Times. In its essence, this issue is NOT ABOUT Krugman.

Whatever Krugman has said in the past, Graterol pretended to be someone else and, quite literally, put words in his mouth. His justification for this behavior is, well, it's downright stupid. Juvenile. Beneath anyone who wants to be taken seriously.

Oh, don't get me wrong, had this guy made it CLEAR that the Google+ account was a fake (a la the humorous and satirical BP Global PR Twitter account), then I would have no problem with it. As it happens, Mr. Graterol made the account appear to be a genuine representation of Paul Krugman.

Again, Graterol says:
I am not ashamed of what I have said in Paul Krugman’s name on Google+. It is but an example of the many misguided beliefs that Paul Krugman holds, defends, and espouses on a daily basis.
See? Really, it's no big deal! Because I completely disagree with Krugman on "issue X" or "issue Y", it's okay to pretend that I'm him and post inaccurate things on a fake Google+ account.

Idiot.