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My post yesterday defending tea-partiers hinged on the idea that their energy and enthusiasm could lead to productive policy improvements, if provided with serious ideas.  As if on cue, economist Brad DeLong has a serious proposal for balancing the budget.  His plan, which he calls “the platform for the bipartisan technocrats of the center”, restrictions on government spending, a relatively small (I think) carbon tax, and a small move towards privatization of social security.

A few technocrats of the center chime in, praising the plan, but calling it politically unviable, as if unaware that a large mobilization of voters is suddenly interested in balancing the budget.  My suggestion is simple: keep the plan intact, but change its name to “the platform for the tea-partiers”.  It’s worth a shot.

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  1. A couple of related links:

    “The Tragedy of the Technocrats.”

    http://www.interfluidity.com/v2/983.html

    The Fiscal Commission’s recommendations, which nobody seems to like. My favorite part is the “draft” on the document:

    http://www.fiscalcommission.gov/sites/fiscalcommission.gov/files/documents/CoChair_Draft.pdf

  2. Interesting to see the reactions to the Fiscal Commission. Many are upset that their least favorite programs aren’t getting cut. Others are saying that it doesn’t cut enough Medicare:

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2010/11/deficit_commission


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