Now that we’ve all quite rightly gone on and on about how well Cheney did in the first half of the debate, may I suggest that his performance during the second half proved…wanting? The vice president spent at least as much time crowing about vast new spending programs (No Child Left Behind, prescription drugs) as he did talking about tax cuts. And unless I missed it, he uttered nary a word about health care savings accounts or Social Security reform.
In his cover story for NR a couple of issues back, Ramesh argued that the administration’s plans for privatizing certain programs—notably by enacting personal retirement accounts—amount to a bold and truly conservative domestic agenda. But will the administration act on those plans? Does the president even care about them? Does the vice president?
You couldn’t have proven it by the debates.