Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Why People Don't Trust the Government

People don't trust the government because the new controlling party of the House is always running around telling you not to trust the government. The newest target is the CBO, who everyone has long agreed are the best option for non-partisan scoring of budget items. Well, not now that they have given the healthcare law a good review.

They have claimed, as Doug Holtz-Eakin, Joseph Antos and James Capretta do in today's Wall Street Journal, that the CBO's work is now the product of "budget gimmicks, deceptive accounting, and implausible assumptions used to create the false impression of fiscal discipline." They have created a separate world for themselves when it comes to this bill, a world where there are no accepted estimates except the ones they choose to accept (notably, they regularly mention the CBO results that they think help their case), where there is no neutral arbiter who can be relied on to set the premises of the debate, and thus, where policy debate is not really possible.
Ezra Klein takes down most of their claims at the previous link, and here. And this is why people don't trust the government.

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