More Platform Blogging

Page 16 of the Republican Platform endorses a Balanced Budget Amendment “to require a balanced budget except in times of war” and then page 17 says that “because the problem is too much spending, not too few taxes, we support a supermajority requirement in both the House and Senate to guard against tax hikes.” These are truly ideas from the policy fringe — actually implementing them would require really huge budgetary cutbacks. It would also create an odd ratchet effect where every economic downturn required counterproductive spending cuts that it would be difficult to reverse down the road.