Mark Thoma writes:
So perhaps it's okay to match ridiculous tactics with ridiculous responses. Mint the coin, but make absolutely sure the public knows that it is only being done because the other side refuses to play fair, refuses to play by the explicit and implicit rules of political engagement. That's key to winning the battle for public.
Note how Thoma frames the debate. The other side refusing "to play fair," is the side, though limited in real backbone, that is at least posturing for less spending and a smaller government. If you are in favor of this, you are apparently not playing fair, according to Thoma. Nice way to frame the debate. If you are in favor of smaller government and lower taxes you are a crude beast. Oh yeah, let's start the debate with that baseline.