We’re looking at deficits forever

That’s the way the chief economist at Standard and Poor’s, David Wyss, summed up the impact of the proposed Bush “stimulus” plan. He’s given the Democrats their mantra. “We’re looking at deficits forever.”

No Democratic speech from now through next year should be without that line. It even has a nice rhythm:

We’re LOOK-ing at DEF-i-cits for EV-er.

Okay, people, get chanting!

(Thanks to Soto at Daily Kos for the pointer. He has some pointed comments of his own.)

[UPDATE: Kevin Drum, the CalPundit, has a label for the plan, to replace the obviously false “stimulus program”:

The George Bush Tax Complification Act of 2003

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com