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.


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.