It’s fair to say that while Zuuko and I have non-identical views and interpretations of politics and economics, I can see where he’s coming from in most instances where we disagree. There are two where I can’t: climate change and the US deficit.
Conveniently for me, Jonathan Chait notices that a lot of important people share Zuuko’s opinion that the US deficit is a huge problem, and climate change isn’t. He proceeds from the premise that these important people are looking for things to get bipartisanly high-horse-y about, and asks, if your point is having to scold both parties for failing to find compromise, why not just do it about climate change instead? I would certainly welcome such a change.
After all, here’s what’s true about climate change: it’s real and it’s spectacular(ly bad). Here is a factoid from the New York Times report, for instance: no one who is under 28 has lived through a month of global temperatures that fell below the 20th-century average, because the last such month was February 1985. So explain to me how the US deficit is a bigger problem?