But I only realized it when Thomas Friedman tried to show just how possible it was in his fantasy writings on the op ed board of the world’s most respected daily newspaper.
My favorite part:
Everything will be on the table — spending cuts, tax reform and increases, a framework for restructuring the debts of Americans whose homes are under water and the investments we need to renew the primary sources of our strength — infrastructure, education and scientific research. Each component will be integrated and timed to minimize pain and maximize job creation — and the entire package will be presented to Congress for an up-or-down vote. I am confident that real tax and entitlement reform will unleash billions of dollars in investments.
Tax increases have been uniformly rejected by Republicans. It was the sticking point that destroyed the attempted Grand Bargain. Yet “with a little political will” Republicans could have broken with their strongest ideological position, and that’s a failure of both sides, no doubt.
Anyone but Friedman, NYT editors. End the cruel joke.