Get real, tea party
Re: July 7 commentary “Try a little economic realism.”
David Brooks, one of the few brilliant and balanced conservative thinkers, went a bit awry. He chastises the “Demand Siders” despite historical proof of the success of Keynesian economics.
Brooks goes on to accuse Demand Siders of being “strangers to doubt and modesty.” The latter is clearly the most common and egregious characteristic of the right: always dead certain.
Finally, Brooks closes with that spineless and phony charge of leaving a debt burden on our grandchildren. Before World War II, conservative Republicans were isolationists, presumably to avoid saddling their grandchildren with enormous debt. Well, the huge debt burden that ensued was historically unparalleled. Today, we are the grandchildren they spoke of.
Are we so bad off ? Are we mired in poverty? Is the U.S. a global weakling? The tea party obsession with debt is a sham. I think we know what the tea party really objects to.
TeRRy Bishop firstname.lastname@example.org