Bruce Bartlett: Republican Party Is “Insane”

   I’ve written several times about “what currently passes for the Republican Party,” as it is all too obvious that any number of prominent Republicans from the past wouldn’t recognize the form this current Party has taken.   Bruce Bartlett, a staff economist for former Congressman Jack Kemp, a domestic policy adviser for President Reagan and Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department under George W. Bush, appears to agree with me.

Appearing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Bartlett had the following to say with regard to the Republican Party’s inability to compromise on tax issues-

Stewart:   “It doesn’t seem that complicated.”

Bartlett:  “It’s not.  The problem is purely political…Frankly, one of our political parties is insane and we all know which one it is.”  

Bartlett, is making the rounds on the talk show circuit, promoting his latest book, “The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform – Why We Need It and What It Will Take.”

3 thoughts on “Bruce Bartlett: Republican Party Is “Insane””

  1. in·sane [in-seyn]
    1. not sane; not of sound mind; mentally deranged.
    2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a person who is mentally deranged: insane actions; an insane asylum.
    3. utterly senseless: an insane plan.
    So the guy selling his book has credentials for being present in very influential positions of government as the ballooning debt problem got passed along down the line…and his last post was in the Treasury Dept. under Bush (the people who brought you that little financial hiccup a few years ago)… and he calls the Republican party insane? Either the pot is calling the kettle black or his opinion is informed by somebody telling him the best way to get attention.
    The fact is that BOTH SIDES are insane and the entire process is a mess. I look at it more like the two parties have morphed into one giant glob of insanity and until a third party alternative can break through and the electoral college hoax gets overturned we are destined to flawed and unconstitutional governance.

  2. Ask Bruce Barlett, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, how to cut spending and Bruce Barlett will answer “I don’t know how”. The other 2 will say nothing. But one thing all 3 agree on is raising taxes and criticising Republicans.

  3. The GOP/TP deserves criticism well beyond the pages of any book.

    Over the past 12 years I can’t cite one thing the GOP/TP has done to benefit the average American. However, I can cite plenty the GOP/TP has done to benefit rich Americans.

    The GOP/TP’s track record for creating solutions, and operating in a spirit of cooperation to get this nation back on track is pretty damn dismal. And that is worth much criticism.

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