This morning on ABC’s This Week, conservative columnist David Brooks addressed House Minority Leader John Boehner’s recent call for a “freeze on government spending” in response to the quickly worsening economic conditions. Noting that the U.S. economy is now in a “recession/depression,” Brooks called Boehner’s proposal “insane,” and remarked that Republicans in Congress appear to be “thinking the way they thought in 1982”:
BROOKS: The problem with them and the problem with Limbaugh in terms of intellectual philosophy is they are stuck with Reagan. They are stuck with the idea that government is always the problem. A lot of Republicans up in Capitol Hill right now are calling for a spending freeze in a middle of a recession/depression. That is insane. But they are thinking the way they thought in 1982, if we can only think that way again, that is just insane.
As The Wonk Room’s Pat Garofalo explained, “A spending freeze would act as an ‘anti-stimulus,’ cutting spending precisely when it’s too low and the economy is moving too slowly.” Steve Benen adds, “The ongoing crisis is, by most measures, the economic equivalent of a 9/11-style terrorist attack. … It’s time the political world comes to terms with the fact that Republicans are guilty of a ‘pre-recession mindset.’“