David Brooks looks into his crystal ball…

October 15, 2008

…And foretells the end of so-called fiscal conservatism that has ruled the legislative branch for the past twenty years:

What we’re going to see, in short, is the Gingrich revolution in reverse and on steroids. There will be a big increase in spending and deficits. In normal times, moderates could have restrained the zeal on the left. In an economic crisis, not a chance. The over-reach is coming. The backlash is next.

Shortly after today’s NYT went to press, the following picture was taken of Brooks as he prepared for the worst:

David Brooks disappears behind tortoise shell frames. Where's David Brooks?

David Brooks disappears behind tortoise shell frames. (photo Paul Watson cc-by-nc-sa)

As it turned out, Brooks’ preparations were unwarranted. He later re-appeared after a co-worker showed him this graph (from ThinkProgress.org):

US National Debt as a percent of GNP

Whew. That was a close one.

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