welcome to the reality-based community20 Feb 2005
Holy crap, did David Brooks hit his head last night? What else would explain this epiphany:
In the past months we have learned that the prescription drug benefit passed last year is not going to cost $400 billion over 10 years. The projections now, over a slightly different period, are that it’s going to cost over $700 billion. And these cost estimates are coming before the program is even operating. They are only going to go up…. Over the next few months we will be watching a government that may be millions-wise, but trillions-foolish. We will be watching a government that sometimes seems to have lost all perspective - like a lunatic who tries to dry himself with a hand towel while standing in a torrential downpour….
In Congress, some are taking a look at these new cost projections and figuring that maybe it’s time to readjust the program…. But the White House is threatening to veto anything they do! President Bush, who hasn’t vetoed a single thing during his presidency, now threatens to veto something - and it’s something that might actually restrain the growth of government. He threatens to use his first veto against an idea he himself originally proposed!
Have we entered another world, where up is down and rationality is irrational?
Yes, David – around 4 years ago. Welcome to the party.