I’m a little burned out on Kos posts these days. Not that they’re dogmatic. They tend to be. It’s forgivable. What isn’t forgivable is predictability. Well, this post is a little different.
It starts out predictably enough. By now you’ve hit the link and you know it’s not about Obama, but about Reagan at a similar point in his presidency, with figures much worse and having come in with an economy far less trashed by his predecessor. We all know that the economy sank much lower during the first couple of years of Reagan, after which he pulled us out by…. unprecedented spending. I’ve already discussed military Keynesianism, and the point that no president – not one, has pulled us out of a recession by cutting taxes. Most of us understand. It’s not a new argument.
What I love about the post is the final sentence.
It must have been quite a luxury for Reagan’s administration to not have a breathless, narrative-driven, fact-allergic, obituary-addicted, lunatic 24-hour cable news cycle during their first term.
On the other hand, might a breathless, narrative-driven, fact-allergic, obituary-addicted, lunatic 24-hour cable news cycle have killed Nixon’s administration early enough to avoid a generation of political cynicism?