Rick Kleinwonders about the seemingly vacant Republican presidential contest:
So far, the field has been more remarkable for who's not running than for who is. This time four years ago, with both parties' nominations wide open, some 17 candidates had taken formal steps to run for president; one had even declared his candidacy and dropped out.
This, from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is still very wrong:
McConnell said the budget plan Senate Democrats presented Friday – calling for $10 billion in cuts – represented only one-sixth of the cuts outlined in a bill passed by House Republicans and backed by Senate GOP leaders. Earlier on the show, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) dismissed the GOP proposal as “reckless.” […]
“What’s reckless … is the $1.6 trillion deficit we’re running this year. What’s reckless is the $3 trillion we’ve added to our national debt,” McConnell said. “Our national debt is now the size of our economy. We’re beginning to look a lot like Greece.” [Emphasis mine]
Republicans have taken to declaring the country "broke" as justification for draconian cuts in social spending. It's a nice bit of rhetoric, but the evidence -- according to Bloomberg's David Lynch -- points to the opposite:
Yesterday on Twitter, Matthew Yglesias flagged a 2004 Reasonpiece on health care that proposed an individual mandate as opposed to the socialistic designs of John Kerry and the Democratic Party. And today at Grist, Sarah Goodyearpoints out conservative pundit George Will's reversal on high-speed rail. Ten years ago -- in the wake of 9/11 -- he proposed high-speed rail as a safer alternative to short-distance air travel. These days, he sees high-speed rail as a progressive plot to destroy our freedom-loving habits of mind.