The Republicans’ Era of Irrationality

Published Dec 5, 2017. By Scott Lehigh.

HERE’S ALL the intellectual equipment one apparently needs to be a Republican policy maker in the Trump era: a willingness to wish away the best available analyses in favor of magical thinking.

We’re seeing that mindset on full display with the GOP’s tax cut package.

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Yet here’s what Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said recently of the Senate bill: “I’m totally confident this is a revenue-neutral bill.”

Based on what?

“There is nothing out there that would provide an intellectual basis for that claim,” said Bob Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, the well-known debt and deficit-monitoring group.

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