Over at Equitable Growth: I read Reihan Salam over at Slate.
My first, minor, thought is that the Slate editors seriously fell down on their job in failing to demand even a modicum of intellectual consistency here. Let me endorse Brian Buetler:
...to obscure and delay transfers so that budget analysts wouldn’t treat the law as they might a single-payer program where... everything coming in is a tax, and everything going out is an expenditure.... The right’s memory has grown conveniently spotty.... In 2011, in a different context, Salam mocked the kind of scolding he’s now directing at Obama. ‘Ah, he made the program marginally less politically poisonous, which will make it harder for us to demonize him. Now let’s attack him for hypocrisy!’ he wrote, paraphrasing critics. The policy architect in that instance was Paul Ryan, who proposed phasing out the existing Medicare program, but only after 10 years, and only for future retirees. At the time, Salam didn’t believe his opponents’ rhetorical strategy had much merit. ‘I mean, I get it,’ he added. ‘But also: let’s move on'...
My second, big, thought is that there are no live policy ideas--that the Republicans are now the captives of the nihilists they have turned their activist base into, and that their only strategy now is to hope that somehow, some way, ObamaCare can be made to collapse. READ MOAR