I’M HAVING trouble writing about the GOP effort to reach a compromise over whether to cut $100 billion out of the 2011 budget, or just $50-60 billion. My problem is that I can’t really write about the advantages or disadvantages of one or another version of the cuts when the entire enterprise appears completely senseless to me.
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That still wouldn’t have anything to do with what the US economy needs over the next year or two. But at least it would make sense as a long-term strategy. What the GOP is doing now is frenziedly cutting often worthwhile small programmes because they can’t face the political consequences of taking on entitlements and defence or proposing tax hikes, and it’s very hard for me to take the charade seriously.