Because it’s the sucker’s play.
So Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky–a real Democrat, not a Very Serious fiscal ‘conservative’–has released her own deficit plan. It’s a perfectly good plan: the numbers add up (no magic asterisks, such as ‘we will lower Medicare expenses [somehow]’), and as policy, even if one weren’t concerned about deficit reduction, it’s pretty good.
But, as I’ve argued before, going along with this deficit reduction mania is a rigged game.
Look, if this whole deficit reduction horseshit doesn’t just blow away with the next televised national disaster or missing blond girl, here’s how this is going to play out:
1) Schakowsky brings her proposal.
2) Something similar to Bowles-Simpson is proposed.
3) A compromise that is about 90% Bowles-Simpson (BS, if you will) is treated as a Very Serious Proposal and blessed by the Mandarin Class.
4) Shitty policy that, once again, fucks over the Democratic rank-and-file who, given its demographic nature, need help, not 90% BS. Some blogger has the annoying habit of writing “People have to like this crap.”
I truly believe Schakowsky means well, but this is so goddamn obvious, yet so many ‘progressives’ and other sundry Democrats feel the need to take this deficit-reduction seriously.
We defeat them by ignoring their idiocies and fighting on ground of our choosing.
How about a jobs commission?