New York Times columnist David Brooks is a “conservative” that only a liberal could love. First, he writes for the left’s favorite newspaper. Second, he appears on PBS and NPR quite frequently. And third, he bashes conservatives and Republicans every chance that he gets, often while employing logical fallacies, advancing myths as facts, and making stuff up. I’m surprised The Huffington Post hasn’t scooped him up yet.
In his most recent column, stupidly titled “The Mother of All No-Brainers,” Brooks suggests, as Jamie Weinstein puts it, that “the Republican Party is no longer a normal party and that the Democratic Party has been more serious in the recent negotiations over raising the debt ceiling.” David Brooks, it seems, is a no-brainer.
Any honest observer would flatly disagree with Mr. Brooks’ assertion. Is it not the Democrat party that has fear-mongered on this issue, by suggesting that the global economy would collapse if the debt ceiling wasn’t raised months ago? So, has that happened yet? Have we all died because Republicans in Congress are demanding budget cuts?
Of course not, and anyone who has actually studied this issue knows that the various deadlines created by Treasury Secretary Tim “The Tax Cheat” Geithner were artificial and not based on any economic reality. The federal government will not default on its debt because tax revenue is greater than the interest payments on the debt. Even if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, the U.S. Government will still be able to pay its creditors.