“Congress In the Lead” by David Brooks (TIMES, 7/26/11)


     How could David Brooks possibly have thought that a “Grand Bargain” could have emerged from the recent “debt crisis” negotiations?  Was this self-styled “moderate conservative” wearing his glasses?  Does he need hearing aids? 

     The more Obama compromised with the recalcitrant Republicans, even at the risk of alienating his Democratic supporters, the more they opposed reaching a settlement.

     Yes, Obama is being defeated by the stubborn Republican opposition to a resolution of the economic crisis, but to see this as an “outbreak of sanity” is perverse.

     The sane thing to do at this point is to acknowledge that the United States is experiencing a depression (not a recession) and implement ASAP a massive federal jobs program.  Putting people back to work will not simply alleviate the misery, it will pump the money into circulation that could jump start a genuine recovery.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: