Saturday, April 30, 2011

There's no there there

Paul Krugman on Paul Ryan and the media:
And there is, as some of us have tried to point out, a huge magic asterisk in the revenue projections: Ryan calls for $3 trillion in tax cuts, but insists that his plan will be revenue-neutral, because they will do something unspecified to broaden the tax base. Ryan and his colleagues have stonewalled all inquiries about what that something might be.

The best guess has to be that there is no there there — that if they ever get to the point of making this an actual plan, they’ll invoke the wonderful “dynamic” effects of lower taxes on rich people to fill that $3 trillion gap. ...

Once again, let us wonder at the way this plan has been treated by the commentariat. A guy says, “I care deeply about the deficit!” And then he releases a plan that depends on finding $3 trillion over the next decade from some unspecified source — oh, and he comes from a party that has a 30-year track record of promising to reduce the budget deficit but actually increasing it.

And everyone takes him seriously!

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