Mitch Daniels Isn't Ready For Budget Prime Time
Over at Economist's View, Mark Thoma does a very good job showing that Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who supposedly represents the rational wing of the GOP when it comes to the federal budget, went so far out of his way not to sound like a rational winger that he said things about the deficit that were just...well...wrong. Equally as important, and as Mark does in his post, what Daniels said wasn't just wrong, it was easy to disprove.
What's especially sad about this is that, as the former director of OMB under Bush 43 and as a governor who generally gets good marks for being fiscally prudent, Daniels definitely both knows the truth and knows better.
Yes, Daniels is clearly playing to the non-rational wing of the Republican Party as he explores a run for the White House, but that doesn't mean he gets a free pass when he says things about the budget situation that at best are egregiously incorrect and misleading.