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Mitch Daniels Isn't Ready For Budget Prime Time

09 Jan 2011
Posted by Stan Collender

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.

 

>>Governor Mitch Daniels, who

>>Governor Mitch Daniels, who supposedly represents the rational wing of the GOP when it comes to the federal budget,>>

I believe that should read "Governor Mitch Daniels, who represents the supposedly rational wing of the GOP when it comes to the federal budget." Is there an actually rational wing that has any power?

It's a mystery why anyone would think the modern republican party has any relation to fiscal responsibility.

In a recent interview, Boehner couldn't name one program he'd cut. That says it all.

However, we need to focus on jobs at the moment. Long-term budget issues shouldn't distract us from helping the economy today.


Yes, Daniels is clearly

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.

Yeah, but what relevance is there that he doesn't get a "free pass" from non-deranged rational people, when his electoral prospects rely on delusional America-hating lunatics?


The politics in politics

Daniels is clearly playing to the non-rational wing...

It is always so shocking, shocking, to find politics in politics!

Of course, most of us only bother to find it in the politics of the other side's party, not our own.


Jim Glass, when faced with a

Jim Glass, when faced with a political near-constant in the party he favors, decides that deflecting criticism is more useful than taking that criticism into account and doing something to correct the problem. In that way, Glass is joining the political partisans in a policy debate, rather than those who are arguing for better policy.

No, we are not shocked to find politics in politics, any more than we are shocked to find fixers at sporting events. The difference is that there aren't many people who speak up for fixing sporting contests, but any number who deflect criticism from politics when politics leads to bad policy. Note also that the particular form of deflection Glass has used claims both sides engage in politics, but doesn't bother to claim that both sides are equally bad on fiscal policy. He apparently understands that equating the two parties on fiscal policy is, at this point, just too hard to sell.




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