Public Nuisance

Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.

The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
-Ronald Reagan

Left Bloggers
Blog critics

Gryffindor House
Roger Ailes
AintNoBadDude
Americablog
Amygdala
Angry Bear
Atrios
Billmon
Biscuit Report
Body and Soul
Corrente
Daily Kos
Demosthenes
Digby
Kevin Drum
Electrolite
Firedoglake
Glenn Greenwald
Group Think Central
Hamster
Inappropriate Response
Mark Kleiman
Lean Left
Nathan Newman
Nitpicker
Off the Kuff
Pandagon
Politus
Prometheus Speaks
Rittenhouse Review
Max Sawicky
Scoobie Davis
Seeing the Forest
Sideshow
Skippy
Sully Watch
Talking Dog
Talking Points
TPM Cafe
Tapped
Through the Looking Glass
Washington Monthly
WTF Is It Now?
Matt Yglesias

Slytherin House
Gideon
Indepundit/Lt Smash
OTB
Damian Penny
Natalie Solent
Andrew Sullivan
Tacitus
Eve Tushnet

Ravenclaw House
Balkinization
Michael Berube
Juan Cole
Cronaca
Crooked Timber
Decembrist
Brad Delong
Deltoid
Donkey Rising
Dan Drezner
Filibuster
Ideofact
OxBlog
Sandstorm
Amy Sullivan
Volokh Conspiracy
War and Piece
Winds of Change

House Elves
Tom Burka
Al Franken
Happy Fun Pundit
Mad Kane
Neal Pollack
Poor Man
Silflay Hraka
SK Bubba

Beth Jacob
Asparagirl
Gedankenpundit
Kesher Talk
Meryl Yourish

Prisoners of Azkaban
Antidotal
Ted Barlow
Beyond Corporate
William Burton
Cooped Up
Counterspin
Cogent Provacateur
Letter From Gotham
Likely Story
Limbaughtomy
Mind Over What Matters
Not Geniuses
Brian O'Connell
Rants in Our Pants
Ann Salisbury
Thomas Spencer
To the Barricades

Muggles
A & L Daily
Campaign Desk
Cursor
Daily Howler
Op Clambake
Media Matters
Spinsanity

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

Party Animals:
Clark Community
From The Roots(DSCC)
Kicking Ass (DNC)
Stakeholder (DCCC)


Not a Fish
Ribbity Blog
Tal G


Baghdad Burning
Salam Pax

<< List
Jewish Bloggers
Join >>

Tuesday, January 21, 2003
 
Tacitus is critical of the fiscal irresponsibility of the Bush administration, but denies that Democrats would be better:

Even if you reject this thesis and champion the idea of Clintonian economic supercompetency, you still face the burden of showing that this is a characteristic of the Democratic party as a whole, and not just a feature of one particular administration. Given the post-2002 election backlash within the Democratic party, in which the base elected Pelosi and repudiated the DLC, I'd have a hard time buying that.

Maybe the lesson here is that divided government governs best. Or maybe the lesson is that neither the current Republican nor the last Democratic presidents represented the true natures of their parties' fiscal proclivities.

He's half right. On the Democratic side, there is considerable disagreement on fiscal policy. There are those (usually including me) who support Clintonian budget surplus and limited spending, and those who support much bigger government, often without being willing to back the taxes to pay for it. There are also probably some who believe in their hearts that the Clinton positions are right, but are tired of the politically disadvantageous role of being the Daddy Party that says you can't have big government unless you're willing to pay the taxes for it.

But he's wrong about the Republicans. There is no meaningful split within the Republican party - it is now all fiscal recklessness, all the time. Out of the entire Republican US Senate, only McCain voted against the 2001 tax cuts. The Republicans who voted for those cuts knew quite well they were bringing back deficits and they didn't care - in fact, they rejected, again on a nearly straight party vote, a bill to make the cuts contingent on a continuing budget surplus.

Of course, the Republicans also talk a lot about cutting spending. But they aren't just talk; they're also doing something about spending - they're increasing it.

The Republican Party as the party of fiscal prudence is now history, like the Republicans as the party of southern blacks or the party of tariff protection.



Site 
Meter