I caught a small portion of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He had Robert Reich as a guest. Robert Reich is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and was the Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration. On the Daily Show, Mr. Reich proclaims that “investments” need to be made in infrastructure (even creating an “infrastructure bank”), education, research and development in the sciences, and “job creation”. And, says Mr. Reich, government is the only entity to do these things.
To set the baseline of discussion and skew the issue in the “big spending” camp’s favor, Mr. Reich calls Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal “wildly regressive”. In truth, the Ryan plan is moderate at best. According to the Ryan Plan’s own numbers, the federal government will run a fiscal deficit until 2038. So even taking the estimates at face value, the Ryan Plan will not actually balance the budget for almost 30 years. I am not sure, exactly, what “wildly regressive” means at Berkeley, but if we are in a debt crisis and facing a second downgrade, does it seem like we have 30 years to get to a point when we can start PAYING off our debt – ever increasing for the next 30 years? I do not have a degree from Berkeley, but “wildly regressive” seems misleading at best. But hey, I am not the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy either. Read the rest of this entry »