What Is David Broder Thinking?
David Broder has a column in today's The Washington Post that I find close to incomprehensible.
First he says that the Congressional Budget Office's substantive, detailed analysis shows that the bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will reduce the deficit.
(Note to David: CBO does not give its "blessing" to legislation; all it does is score the bill.)
Second, he says that the CBO scoring that shows the bill reducing the deficit compared to existing law is not as valuable as polls that show that Americans don't believe it. And he says that the polls are somehow more correct than CBO even though one group actually analyzed the bill while the other got its almost certainly less-than-complete-and accurate information from someone else.
Third, Broder says "every expert I have talked to says that the public has it right. These bills, as they stand, are budget-busters."
(Question: David...Did you talk to the current director of the Congressional Budget Office who actually did the analysis rather than a former CBO director who didn't?)
Ezra Klein, who also writes for The Washington Post, also takes Broder to task for making other similarly inconsistent claims. You also have to like Ezra's take on the strange view of deficit hawks towards health care:
I'm confused by the budget hawks who that take the line: "This bill needs to cut the deficit, and I don't believe Democrats will cut the deficit, but since the actual provisions of the bill unambiguously cut the deficit, then I guess Congress won't stick to it."