For the last two months, life has happened. Other priorities swamped my time for reading and writing about our democracy; far from a disaster, this has proven a wonderful detoxification from the pomp and plunder of American politics. But a funny thing happened on my way back to the routine…I found that nothing had changed. Our politico-media machine isn’t capable, it would seem, of original thought. To twist the popular phrase, not even the names change to protect the innocent.
Illustrating the absurdity, Salon is up with an interesting piece that demonstrates how little the debate has changed on taxes and the deficit since 1993. Some of the key players from that debate, conservatives who screamed that the Clinton tax-hike would end the world, have now been wound up and are regurgitating the same program. In his piece, Steve Kornacki sums up the fundamental GOP problem; the tax hike didn’t hurt the economy, and did create surpluses that started paying the debt down. But these inconvenient truths don’t seem to phase a conservative movement aggressively moving away from its intellectual roots.