Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2011—Super Congress failed because of Republican allegiance to Grover Norquist:
|The stupid is on full display today as the punditry bemoans the death of the Super Congress, mournfully declaring that it was just that both sides were so entrenched in protecting entitlements versus tax increases. So let's just try to inject a little reality into this. First, the always helpful deficit parfait chart from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
That black line at the very bottom, the one that stays pretty damned stable, includes the contribution of things like Medicaid and Medicare entitlements. Not Social Security mind you, because Social Security still doesn't contribute to the deficit. That's a conveniently forgotten fact by everyone who insisted on plopping it down on the negotiating table, Democrat and Republican alike. So yes, the big drivers of the deficit continue to be the Bush tax cuts, the wars and the ongoing economic downturn. But mostly, it's those tax cuts.
Tweet of the Day:
It's the Thanksgiving Day Kagro in the Morning show! It's a slow news day, but we passed the time chatting with Greg Dworkin, Armando and caller David from Asheville. (David, got a Dkos ID we can use for you?) We're thankful for our favorite topics: quants vs. guts; pundits vs. people; "traditional America" vs. the new demographic reality, and; makers vs. takers. Fun to have on in the background while cooking and/or cleaning, or maybe just a decent excuse to plug in the earphones and tell the relatives you can't hear them for the next two hours. Happy Thanksgiving!