Friday, August 14, 2009

Bruce Bartlett: Shouting into the Wind

Another reasonable Conservative writes a piece suggesting steps the GOP needs to take to become a viable political party again. Unfortunately, the insane base of the Republican party will never listen. Lines such as: 

According to the CBO, federal taxes will amount to just 15.5 percent of GDP this year. That’s 2.2 percent of GDP less than last year, 3.3 percent less than in 2007, and 1.8 percent less than the lowest percentage recorded during the Reagan years. If conservatives really believe their own rhetoric, they should be congratulating Obama for being one of the greatest tax cutters in history.

Would surely get him hanged in effigy. Or in fact:

Where is the evidence that everything would be better if Republicans were in charge? Does anyone believe the economy would be growing faster or that unemployment would be lower today if John McCain had won the election? I know of no economist who holds that view.

I suspect if Professor Clownshoes has read it, he has thoroughly debunked it(in his mind) and removed Bartlett from his Christmas card list for good measure. I’m not going over to find out because he hates to have a lot of traffic. Best of luck to Bruce Bartlett, though. Those town hall protesters might be a hard sell.

Addendum: Steve Benen corresponds with Bartlett and determines that the GOP has just adapted a new form of IOKIYAR.

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