The "cruel" meme:
It's out there. Andrew Sullivan
, writing in favor of the Ryan budget:
As for the cruelty argument, the truth is: the past fiscal recklessness makes some cruelty a mathematical necessity.Jonathan Chait
, writing against:
The new GOP budget unveiled by Paul Ryan is a wildly cruel document.
UPDATE: Annie Lowrey
in Slate, discussing alternatives to Ryan:
The fiscally responsible choice is to raise taxes while also reforming entitlements, as any of the half-dozen more feasible and less cruel plans floating around do.
UPDATE 2: Paul Krugman
this plan isn’t remotely serious; on the contrary, it’s ludicrous.
And it’s also cruel.
Yeah, but Journolist is gone and hasn't been replaced. Bullshit. Everyone just happens to come up with the same word on their own.
Why do so many people care about what Andrew Sullivan thinks/says? Why? I just don't get it.