Some of us didn’t take the skills deficit seriously, but David Brooks shows us that it is a real problem. Apparently the New York Times cannot find a conservative columnist who can deal with basic issues of logic and arithmetic. Brooks is very upset because the budget deal apparently does not include any cuts in Medicare.
|By: Dean Baker Tuesday January 1, 2013 12:20 pm|
|By: Dean Baker Tuesday December 4, 2012 7:50 am|
Excuse me, but what planet is David Brooks on? This would be comparable to Japan asking for Hawaii and parts of California as it was negotiating its surrender in World War II.
|By: Dean Baker Tuesday November 13, 2012 12:19 pm|
It’s so cute to see all the serious people like David Brooks who are so worried about economic crises that do not exist. They are constantly telling us how the “job creators” (a.k.a. rich people) who run businesses are just so nervous and uncertain they don’t know what to do. The current concern is that taxes could rise at the end of the year and government spending will fall.
|By: Dean Baker Friday October 19, 2012 2:40 pm|
David Brooks is trying to do his best to help the Romney campaign, but apparently he hasn’t been getting the memos. Brooks’ column today is a diatribe against measures to promote clean energy. (That would be socialist items like tax credits for retrofitting buildings, solar panels, or fuel efficient cars. The same sorts of policies that were promoted under President Bush, albeit on a smaller scale.)
|By: Dean Baker Tuesday October 9, 2012 8:15 am|
While we may not know whether David Brooks’ try out as a Romney speechwriter was successful, he clearly is doing his best for the campaign. Today he pushes the idea that a voucher system is the only way to contain Medicare costs. This requires ignoring an awful lot of evidence, but that is an exercise at which David Brooks excels.
|By: Dean Baker Tuesday October 2, 2012 10:25 am|
It apparently is that time of year when columnists try out as speechwriters for the candidates. After Robert Samuelson tried his hand by writing speeches for both candidates in his Washington Post column yesterday, David Brooks took a shot in drafting a debate intro for Governor Romney today. Brooks’ speech is not especially truthful, but I suppose that is par for a presidential candidate.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday September 20, 2012 11:15 am|
You know things are really going bad for a campaign when weeks before the election top media figures start writing about it as if it were already lost or is destined to lose unless it radically changes. This week featured several pre-obituaries about the Romney campaign.
|By: Dean Baker Friday September 14, 2012 3:00 pm|
Readers of his column on the Chicago public school strike will no doubt be asking this question as they wade through this morass of error of fact and logic.
|By: Dean Baker Thursday August 23, 2012 7:00 pm|
NYT readers must be wondering whether David Brooks believes in Santa Claus. After all, he repeatedly professes his belief in the serious Mr. Ryan. This faith persists in spite of all the evidence to the opposite, including evidence that Brooks cites in arguing his case.
|By: Dean Baker Tuesday August 21, 2012 2:45 pm|
David Brooks makes one of his usual balanced pitches for the Romney-Ryan ticket. As usual, just about everything of substance in the piece is wrong.
He begins by bemoaning the fact that: “Entitlement spending is crowding out spending on investments in our children and on infrastructure.” Nope.