In my notebook I have an entry that reads simply "tax relief for the middle class." I jotted that down after hearing Obama say that during a speech. I was going to write something about how the adoption of Bush's language for describing tax cuts represented Obama "thinking like an elephant" by putting a Democratic spin on a Republican frame (think about that one for a second.) I was also going to try and buttress that point by saying something about how the Tax Policy Center's analysis showed that Obama's plan will lose 7% of expected revenue under current law over the next 10 years but will raise revenue by 2% if you take Bush's tax cuts as a baseline demonstrates the way that the Republican Party is rewarded by acting ever more ideologically by dragging the American center "right."
I would have had some difficulty articulating that point to my satisfaction*. Thankfully, however, I won't have to try since Paul Krugman has written an op-ed which sort of says that same thing.
*My frustration at not being able to articulate to my satisfaction my response to Sean Hannity is the reason I was experiencing difficulty with that post despite having the content of the post done for days now. I stepped away from it for a day or so to clear my head and will just suck it up and post it tomorrow.
Wallace Stevens, the Detached Poet
13 hours ago