Hop aboard the Denialism Express, Democrats. It’s a fact-free, reckless thrill ride — although between the president, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and now outgoing Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, space is getting limited. Harkin, who will retire at the end of this term, used the (somewhat ironic) platform of a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting to inform the public that the US government is not broke and does not have a spending problem:
Straight-up denying the country’s plainly obvious, two-by-four-across-the-face spending problem is now an official Democrat Party talking point. Your pro-science, reality-based, “Party of Ideas,” at work, America. Harkin is correct that we’re the richest nation on earth, by any number of different standards. Our Gross Domestic Product — colloquially known as “the economy” — is by far the largest in the world. But transient dominance can come to a distressingly abrupt end, as numerous civilizations before us have discovered. Seemingly indomitable nations and empires have destroyed themselves from within in the past, and the United States is not exempt from the tides of history or the laws of mathematics. Reckless decisions and faulty policies have consequences.