Dave Schuler looks at the major parties and diagnoses cognitive dissonance:
In the Republicans’ case for the last three decades they’ve been preaching small government while doing almost nothing to reduce the size and reach of government. The resolution of their conflict seems to be the quasi-religious but empirically unfounded belief that tax cuts always pay for themselves.
On the upside, the GOP is ever so slightly less likely to utter the perverse phrase “revenue-neutral.”
The Democrats for their part struggle to be the party of the little guy while deriving most of their strength from the very biggest guys. Their resolution appears to be the equally dubious belief that if you just pay the top quintile of income earners enough it will solve the problems of the poor.
Especially if you’re pretending to raise taxes on said top quintile.