Governments aren't households(tm) so this is invalid &c.
This also seems completely unaware of the "GOP are crazy austerians" complaint, which you'd expect to come up in a budget discussion.
I hate politics but I love political philosophy. So I guess that I can understand the gripe you have here. But then, the left isn't much more logical in the political sphere. So it seems that I digress.
LOL. Both parties are horrible about substituting cultural legislation for economic solutions. That they can't find economic solutions isn't funny at all, however...
It's not at all obvious to me that cultural policymaking is "substituting" for economic policy. Politicians have preferences over both, and will attempt to pass both kinds of bills, while blocking those they dislike.
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Daniel Kuehn is a doctoral candidate and adjunct professor in the Economics Department at American University. He has a master's degree in public policy from George Washington University.