Saturday, August 13, 2011

Politics:  Wonkbook: No Winners in Thursday's Debate, but Many Losers

From an article John C. contributed ...

The most telling moment of Thursday's GOP debate ... was when every single GOP candidate on the stage agreed that they would reject a budget deal that was $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases. Even Fox News's Bret Baier couldn't quite believe what he was seeing. He asked again just to make sure the assembled candidates had understood the question.
The best policy in this debate wasn't the policy most likely to work, or the policy most likely to pass. It was the most orthodox policy. The policy least sullied by compromise. A world in which the GOP will not agree to deficit reduction with a 10:1 split between spending cuts and tax increases is a world where entitlement reform can't happen. It's a world where the supercommittee fails and the trigger is pulled, and thus a world in which $1 out of every $2 in cuts comes from the Pentagon. It's not a world that fits what many in the GOP consider ideal policy. But it is a world in which none in the GOP need to traverse the treacherous politics of compromise.

For more, see Wonkbook: No Winners in Thursday's Debate, but Many Losers by Ezra Klein, August 12, 2011 at Ezra Klein.

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