On Monday and Tuesday, politicians and commentators were practically falling over themselves to praise Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget proposal as “serious” and “courageous”, even in cases where they disagreed with it on policy terms. Whatever you think of his policy positions, the argument went, give the man credit for telling it like it is and grappling with the hard numbers. But after a day or two of looking at the numbers, it turns out a lot of his assumptions and predictions are completely preposterous. Not just in the sense of the normal padding and optimistic assumptions that most budgets include. But really preposterous. Like 2.8% unemployment? Really curious what all the Ryan-o-philes are going to say about these numbers. Check out our report. Really must read.
|April 16, 2021 3:21 p.m.
A new episode of The Josh Marshall Podcast just landed. You can listen to it here. This week, Josh and…
Where Things Stand: Anti-Trans Bills Are The GOP’s New Culture War. But Most Americans Aren’t On Board|April 16, 2021 1:52 p.m.
Without any real policy agenda, Republicans in Congress have largely seized on various fronts in the culture war to distract…
|April 16, 2021 11:34 a.m.
I wanted to flag your attention to this NBC article about radicalization among current and retired US Special Forces personnel….