For those paying close attention, there was a nugget of critical energy and climate policy news buried at the tail end of a Saturday New York Times story focused on President Obama's budget plans.
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The first step in rebuilding a government that actually responds to problems before they reach the bailout stage will be Obama's highly anticipated economic recovery package.
Flashing a trillion dollar deficit bugaboo is a meaningless scare tactic. Let's have a real debate on the merits of the specific public investments proposed.
Much will be made of McCain's "mistakes" in his campaign, as conservatives will seek to blame his performance for their shrinking minority status, to shift blame away from their own policies.
While much of the media has been making a false presumption that new public investment is fiscally impossible, several economic experts have been trying to correct that notion.
Patio Man, Deck Guy, Porch Dude and Stoop Buddy are all surprised that they still waste five minutes of their day reading David Brooks.
Much of the pundit class may not have recognized it, but that debate is percolating. And the progressive view of responsible, long-term public investment is winning.
Cutting spending is about the only proposal McCain has made in this campaign that sounds remotely authentic. Authentic, but incredibly dumb.
If anyone did not think a McCain presidency would be both a foreign policy and a domestic disaster, you now have proof positive.
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