Annals of career "progressive" idiocy
The Senate’s leading Republican is saying, publicly and on the record, that without Medicare cuts, he’ll try to create an economic calamity on purpose.
The obvious question, at this point, is what kind of cuts McConnell has in mind, and whether (and how much) it would affect benefits for the elderly. Maybe the Senate Minority Leader doesn’t have the policy chops to talk about his ideas for reductions in any depth, or maybe he’s just saving it for the negotiating table.
Either way, it’s a fairly big deal. In fact, now that McConnell has admitted it, Democrats should probably let the public know. [No, giving the Ds advice on how to be progressive isn't the idiotic part, although it is idiotic. The idiotic part is coming up!] The talking point isn’t complicated: Senate Republicans will create a recession unless Democrats agree to Medicare cuts.
Of course, the talking point will ineffective if Dems decide to go along with McConnell’s hostage strategy and pay the ransom.
What planet is Benen from, anyhow?
Oh, wait. Washington Monthly. Sorry. My bad.
No, but seriously, folks, on what planet does permanent 10% nominal (20% real) DISEMPLOYMENT not count as a recession?