July 30, 2011
We Was Framed

Jonathan Chait cuts to the chase:

The main problem is that the Republican Party does not actually care very much about the deficit. It cares about, in order: Low taxes for high-income earners; reducing social spending, especially for the poor; protecting the defense budget; and low deficits. The Obama administration and many Democrats actually do care about the deficit and are willing to sacrifice their priorities in order to achieve it, a desire that was on full display during the health care reform debate. Republicans care about deficit reduction only to the extent that it can be undertaken without impeding upon other, higher priorities. Primarily “deficit reduction” is a framing device for their opposition to social spending, as opposed to a genuine belief that revenue and outlays ought to bear some relationship to each other.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 30, 2011 01:45 PM
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The USA being held hostage by a bunch of whacky fundamentalist Christians - a truly sad sight.

Posted by: Peter on July 31, 2011 5:04 AM

Spot on, sadly enough.

Posted by: John Anthony Curran on July 31, 2011 10:53 PM
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