These adjoining passages, from the Wall Street Journal's editorial page, are truly astounding:
The one thing Republicans shouldn't do is join the media and Democratic chorus that Mr. Norquist and his pledge are the root of our political and economic woes. The real problems are a political class that won't control its spending and economic policies that are retarding growth....
Mr. Norquist's tax pledge has been one of the few restraints over the years against those bad Beltway appetites.
One: It is Republicans who protest that high deficits crowd out private investment. Yet for years, especially throughout W.'s administration, tax policies were put in place by Republicans that guaranteed exceptionally high deficits.
Two: We weren't aware of an anti-Republican chorus which laments Norquist as the actual "root" of our woes. He is, though, one of the many poisonous byproducts of Republican ideology--as researched, developed and spewed for years by propagandistic organs such as the WSJ's editorial page.
Three: Where was Mr. Norquist as George W. Bush, while sitting atop his "political class," was cranking up spending by the trillions?
Four: Do present, debilitating "economic policies" include such items as President Obama's 18 small-business tax cuts? Or payroll tax holidays? Or middle-class cuts?
Five: Supply-side economics has proven indisputably, empirically disastrous over the last three decades; it has "retarded growth," stagnated wages, exploded the national debt and vastly increased the horrific gaps in wealth inequality, which double back to retard growth. So why must we wait--and wait, and wait--for a WSJ editorial denouncing all things supply-sided?
Other than that, dear WSJ editors, your opinions are highly valued. We look forward to your next contribution to the philosophical art of staggering self-contradiction.