Same old story, same old story, same old song and dance!
Aside from the feint to a balanced budget offered by Clinton — today’s Dems don’t even pretend such a thing is necessary or even useful, what with the availability to printing presses and QE infinity — take a listen to Bill Clinton in 1995 on the government shut down, which the GOP used to enact meaningful reforms and to create the “surplus” that today Clinton still takes credit for. Listen to the dire warnings about how cuts to the EPA and education would create disaster and mayhem. Listen to the emphasis placed on the necessity of every program — the cupboard, Nancy Pelosi tells us today, is bare, just as Clinton suggested there was no room to cut government back in 1995 — and yet that’s just what happened under the contract with America: the GOP forced cuts; the government contracted; the economy improved; and the world didn’t stop spinning.
The point being, the doomsaying of the Democrats — and the fear of today’s GOP establishment — is all based around creating a perception that the public will supposedly buy into: that without an enormous and overweening central government, all of us will necessarily suffer.
It was bullshit then and it’s bullshit now.
The Michael Gersons and Karl Roves of the world would do well to remember that. Assuming, that is, that they want smaller and less onerous centralized government. Which I’m not entirely sure anymore is the case….
(h/t The Mark Levin show)