I Won in an Historic Landslide and All I Got Was This Lousy Rounding Error

"I Won in a Historic Landslide and All I Got Was this Lousy Rounding Error." That's the t-shirt that Speaker Boehner should wear based on his debt ceiling plan. The scoring of the second iteration of the Boehner bill gave an estimate of $22 billion in cuts from the CBO baseline for 2012--1/70th of the annual budget shortfall, about five days worth of deficit spending. Despite the bill's nigh irrelevant scope, we are assured by many in the conservative press that those rejecting this deal are "obtuse," "vain," politically dunce "hobbits."  "Of course the Boehner bill doesn't solve the debt problem," rails a frustrated Mona Charen at NRO,  "the debt is 98.6 percent of GDP." The problem is that Boehner's plan not only leaves all $14.3 trillion debt intact, it puts us on a course to add $10-$20 trillion over the next ten years.  Then there is Thomas Sowell, arguably the wisest man in our solar system. He likens the debt debate to necessary  retreats early in the...(Read Full Article)