Unlike Obama, Biden Doesn’t Even Pretend to Care about Tackling Our Historic DebtBy PHILIP KLEINMarch 24, 2021 6:30 AMIn the 2020 campaign, Joe Biden proudly ran as an “Obama-Biden Democrat.”
But there is already one important difference between Biden and his old boss: Obama used to at least pretend to be concerned about our long-term debt, while Biden isn’t even going through the motions.
This is such a weird article because it finds Mr. Klein in the same wingnut limbo as other Very Serious Conservatives, stranded between two irreconcilable desires: the desperation to scurry back to some Conservative safe space of performative outrage over deficit hawkery or abortion or guns or whatever and the fact that, at the moment, Conservative revisionist scientists have not yet cracked the technology to make the history of the Trump years disappear.
Trump-era Republicans not only ignored entitlements and failed to repeal Obamacare, but they ditched the crowning achievement of the Tea Party by nuking the spending caps put in place by the 2011 debt-ceiling deal.
With shocking speed, the GOP went from the party of Paul Ryan, entitlement reform, and dire warnings about the debt to a populist party that rejected entitlement reform and didn’t care much about debt.
The drastic shift convinced Democrats that all the Tea Party Republican talk about fiscal responsibility was merely a bad faith way to thwart liberal policy priorities. As Democrats now see it...
This is unresolvable paradox facing all Very Serious Conservatives who still demand to be taken very seriously. They cannot let go of the depraved ideology and pandering-to-bigots-and-lunatics electoral strategies that gave them real political power, but they also cannot explain how Trump could have come be were it not for their depraved ideology and pandering-to-bigots-and-lunatics electoral strategies. It's as if the engineers who built the Hindenburg and flew it smugly across an ocean...and then watched it crash and burn...
...held a press conference in the still-smoking debris to insist that, well, yeah, sure, that giant sack of hydrogen was problematic, but that was just a crazy, fluky, one-in-a-million thing and in no way an indictment of our whole concept of filling giant sacks with hydrogen and flying them over population centers.