For One Brief Moment, I Thought Reason Might Enter the Discourse on Budgets

Kevin Drum quoted this from James Fallows in a post labelled "threat inflation"

As I think about it this war and others the U.S. has contemplated or entered during my conscious life, I realize how strong is the recurrent pattern of threat inflation. Exactly once in the post-WW II era has the real threat been more ominous than officially portrayed

I thought, "wow, someone from the Coke or the Pepsi party is finally going to call BS on all the apocalyptic forecasts from both parties over the sequester."  But alas, he was just discussing foreign policy.  That is not to say I don't agree with the basic point, that foreign policy prescriptions are often accompanied by exaggerated horror stories of imminent threats -- I just wish they would recognize the same dynamic on the domestic front, whenever the smallest cut in government spending growth rates suddenly mean we are are going to put grandma out on an ice flow to freeze.

  • http://www.facebook.com/roger.powell.946 Roger Powell

    Warren, you of all people should understand that the current liberal concern is that we're going to put grandma out on an ice flow and she will DROWN when the ice floe melts due to global warming.

  • marque2

    We will put grandma outside and she will die in the fire and brimstone of AGW.

  • obloodyhell

    }}} whenever the smallest cut in government spending growth rates suddenly mean we are are going to put grandma out on an ice flow to freeze.

    As I understand it, over in the UK, the NHS now classifies these as "theraputic temperature treatments".
    :o9

  • http://devilish-details.blogspot.com/ mesaeconoguy

    Your fundamental premise was flawed.

    The words “Kevin Drum” and “reason” (and “intelligent,” “thoughtful,” etc.) never appear in the same sentence.