Over at WaPo:
–I weigh in on the “will-the-tax-plan-help-or-hurt-the-R’s” debate. Lots of unknowables that will be known soon enough, but I suspect the plan’s largely negative first impression will persist.
–Please, let’s avoid obfuscation. When politicians want to cut a program, do not let them get away with their favorite euphemisms, like “reform,” “fix,” “overhaul,” and so on.
I share this aversion with the great LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzik, who sent this 1985 speech from the great statesman, Sen. Pat Moynihan. Along with tapping his great, historical perspective, Moynihan touches on all the issues we’re still arguing about, including fiscal rectitude, eliminating the SALT deduction, federalism, and, as per my anti-obfuscation campaign, “semantic infiltration.” “If the other fellow can get you to use his words, he wins.”
If that makes me, anti-semantic, so be it!
I certainly didn’t agree with everything Sen. Moynihan put forth, but, man. Imagine if the current debate took place at one-tenth this level of depth.