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.