In a blog post seethingly directed at every Erskine Bowles, every Alan Simpson, every David Brooks and indeed every Very Serious Person, Paul Krugman notes that President Obama's "laughable" deficit-reduction proposal "would reduce the deficit 14 times as much" as would hiking Medicare's eligibility age, which of course is that which so enchants the wonkishly "serious" herd.
Concludes Krugman--and not in any sarcastic way:
I guess we have to understand the definition of serious: a proposal is only serious if it punishes the poor and the middle class.
Naturally. For that's compromise, you see. Through the elimination of a minor exemption here and an insignificant deduction there, reduce some after-tax income from $100 million to $99.5 million, and then similarly burden some arthritic waitress with another two-year wait for this country's most efficient, least costly healthcare available: socialized medicine.