Shields And Brooks On Government Shutdown Blame, Trump���s First Year

David Brooks:

It was a compromise, but it’s the kind of compromise we always see.

Ever since we came, or since our segment started — maybe as Burke and Paine in the 18th century — it was…


They have been able to compromise when it comes to expanding the deficits. And that’s consistently been true over the past many years.

If you’re just — if every side gets to spend on what they want to spend, that’s the way they can compromise. They have never been able to compromise when both parties have to take some pain. And so that’s the kind of compromise they can’t do.

What strikes me as special about this is that everyone is a hypocrite on the deficits. They’re all for cutting red ink when they’re in the minority and they’re all against it when they’re in the majority.

But there is a shift in tone in the Republican Party that seems interesting to me, which is, it used to be a party that talked the language of economics first. Its native language was economics, an economic language, and so the budget really did sort of matter, and the budget really mattered, and tax cuts mattered.

Now economics is a secondary language for the Republican Party. Immigration is the first language. It’s an identity party, not an economic party, right now. And so they’re willing to compromise on a lot of spending if they can win on immigration. And that’s sort of where the party has gone.

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