Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Destroy the Village to Save It

TPM picks up the latest evidence that Mitch McConnell is making the fatal error of thinking President-Elect Obama is stupid.

Republicans roll out new plan to revive the economy by destroying Social Security ...

Mr. Obama has told Republicans he is open to suggestions, and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, said his conference would urge Mr. Obama to consider a two-year suspension of payroll taxes to benefit individuals and corporations.

Mr. McConnell said Senate Republicans were intensely interested in the idea, which was presented at their own weekly lunch by Lawrence B. Lindsey, who was President Bush's top economic adviser from 2001 to 2002, and John H. Makin, an economist at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

If Mitch McConnell and the rest of the repugs had to choose between destroying terrorism and destroying the New Deal, they'd pick the latter in a heartbeat.