Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Ezra has crystalized my thoughts perfectly.

I'm very frustrated that Obama has ceded leadership to the GOP on the debt issue and also health care. Obama should have barnstormed the nation selling health care reform as something we can't afford not to do.

For the record, I don’t agree with the policies the GOP is pushing under the guise of deficit reduction, but I think they’re right to see an opportunity for reform rather than a math problem that needs to be solved. A world in which we stop taxing work so heavily and begin taxing carbon is much preferable to a world in which we just jack up taxes on work. A world where we’re saving money through a strong public option is a lot better than a world in which we’re saving money by reducing health-care benefits. It’s better to save money through reforms that make the state work better than to simply make it do less and tax more.

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