Good summary and comments at Western Free Press on the recent interview with Rep. Schweikert and Rep. Andrews:
Smarts are not enough: Part 1 (bumped)
April 14, 2011
Watch this video interchange between Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) and Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ), and then see below for my comments.
This is how so many of our interchanges go. We beat them on substance, they beat us on bumper-sticker sound bites.
David Schweikert is one of the smartest people in Congress. I don’t know squat about Rep. Andrews, but I would bet Dollars to wheelbarrows full of useless 1920s German Marks that Rep. Schweikert could run circles around him on budget issues. Other than Paul Ryan and a few others, Schweikert could run circles around most people in Congress.
That was obvious in this interview, just as it is when Paul Ryan does interviews. But what Schweikert lacked was a talking point, something visceral and effective. Whereas Andrews had a line memorized and prepared, all wrapped up in a neat little demagogic bow:
“I just don’t see why we are borrowing a trillion dollars from the Chinese to pay for tax cuts for millionaires.”
That statement is an execrable piece of sleaze. Most of all, because it simply isn’t true.
We are borrowing money to pay for entitlement promises we made decades ago. Promises that we expanded upon over the years. Promises that are now collapsing over our heads as the baby-boomers retire and the sheer dollar amounts become unsustainable. That is why we are borrowing a trillion dollars. And it’s just going to get worse. It has nothing to do with tax breaks for millionaires. Nothing.
Now, there are only a few possibilities here: