Oh and then there’s this… New York Times resident conservative Thomas Friedman (the New York Times standard of a conservative is that are you to the right of Marx) also has an almost equally stupid suggestion to solve the economy as what are idiot Treasury Secretary wants.
Raise taxes on gas and require improved standards (which might be okay if coupled with opening up off shore drilling and Anwar…but otherwise is just suicidal and begging for massive inflation in the short term)
Shrink the presence in Afghanistan (which again may be the best call…but we should get out of Yemen and Libya first)
Pass the Simpson-Bowles act…which I could deal with. While it has hikes in taxes it also has lots and lots of fun and rational spending cuts.
And a “short-term stimulus.” Really Tom? Another stimulus package? Because it failed to do anything the first two times and other than radically increase our debt, continue the cancer that is corporate welfare and continue to let bad companies be a drain on the economy. Yes, because the first two times didn’t work, it’s sure to work this time. And what do they call it when you do something over and over again and each time expect a different result? This more than anything is what makes Friedman’s plan idiotic.
How about this:
Pass a combination Simpson-Bowles and the Ryan plan.
Raise gas taxes but open up drilling. Follow the link if you want justification.
Bomb the Taliban out of existence and then just leave Afghanistan…it’s probably the only chance they have because we’re just making it worse. Get out of Libya and Yemen too.
And of course, get rid of Obamacare and that prescription drug benefit that idiot Bush passed.
Now that would actually make fiscal sense…