I posted yesterday about Obama’s demagoguery against the Ryan budget and criticized the President for sloppy budget math, tedious class warfare, and a deeply flawed grasp of America’s founding principles.
This was followed by an opportunity yesterday evening to debate Jared Bernstein on the PBS NewsHour.
Here’s the interview, though I warn you that excerpts of Obama’s speech take up the first 3:17 of the video, and you won’t get to the debate until about 4:20.
A few observations about the interview (other than that I need a haircut).
- It irks me that I was introduced as someone who served as a “Republican economist” on Capitol Hill. At the risk of nit-picking, I was an economist who worked for a Republican.
- I’m glad that I exposed the dishonest Washington budget math used by critics of the Ryan plan (which allows government spending to grow by an average of 3.1 percent per year).
- I should have mentioned that Obama is MIA on the budget. The non-serious plan he proposed this year was unanimously rejected by the House of Representatives and the budget he proposed last year was turned down 97-0 by the Senate.
- I’m happy that I mentioned that the federal government should have no role in education.
- I should have explained that Obama’s status quo approach means that America becomes Greece.
- It would have been a good idea to elaborate further on the issue of federalism, but at least I linked Medicaid reform with the success of welfare reform.
- I was delighted to have a chance to explain that Bush and Nixon were big-government interventionists (and also to point out that Clinton was surprisingly good on the issue of government spending).
By the way, Jared Bernstein is a co-author of the infamous White House report that claimed unemployment would never rise above 8 percent if we squandered $800 billion on a faux stimulus package based on Keynesian economics. But I’m a nice guy, so I chose not to raise that issue.