Tue Dec 4, 2012, 10:31 AM
ProSense (116,387 posts)
Krugman: Three-Card Budget Monte
Three-Card Budget Monte
It goes without saying that the Republican “counteroffer” is basically fake. It calls for $800 billion in revenue from closing loopholes, but doesn’t specify a single loophole to be closed; it calls for huge spending cuts, but aside from raising the Medicare age and cutting the Social Security inflation adjustment — moves worth only around $300 billion — it doesn’t specify how these cuts are to be achieved. So it’s basically the Paul Ryan method: scribble down some numbers and pretend that you’re a budget wonk with a Serious plan.
What I haven’t seen pointed out here is the longer arc of GOP strategy. Does anyone recall how the Bush tax cuts were passed? The 2001 cut was passed based on the claim that the government was running an excessive surplus; the 2003 cut on the claim that it would provide an economic boost. Then the surplus went away, and the economy did not, to say the least, perform very well.
So now we face a substantial long-run deficit largely created by those tax cuts:
And the GOP says that because of that deficit we must raise the Medicare age and cut Social Security!
Oh, and for all the seniors or near-seniors who voted Republican because you thought they would protect Medicare from that bad guy Obama: you’ve been had.
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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 11:02 AM
madokie (40,120 posts)
2. Speaking of paul lyan where is boy munster?
is he still alive or has he bit the bullet?
Don't seem to be seeing much of his sorry ass lately
Maybe wifey has shut him off from the money pot, who knows
actually besides me who even gives a flying fuck?
Oh I actually don't give a damn where he is (-: