Searching For A Party Of Adults
Froma Harrop reviews Bruce Bartlett's new book:
Bartlett thinks that Congress should commit itself to a number, say $1 trillion, for deficit savings over 10 years. Then it should ask a commission to find a third of that money from higher revenues, a third from entitlement cuts and a third from discretionary spending.
Welcome to the world of grownups, where tax cuts don't magically pay for themselves -- and where middle-class people must pay more for middle-class benefits. When it comes to addressing deficits, Democrats may be lax adolescents, but Republicans are total babies.
The world of grown-ups used to be called conservative until the supply-siders and neocons jumped the shark.