Julie has been on fire this week and her highlighting and mocking of Harold Meyerson's reactionary and romantic statism is especially needed. Meyerson's column reminded me of Sidney Blumenthal's description of Walter Mondale's liberalism, "Its credo: anything that has been superseded has proved its worth. If it's gone, it's good. Nothing can be tried that hasn't already failed. The future is the endless rehearsal of the past." Meyerson looks at Ryan's plan to deal with our current and projected financial problems and sees a threat to the past. For Meyerson, the future happened between 1933 and 1966. We must ever live there regardless of changing demographics and economic conditions.
This is a secular faith-based worldview. Any new policies (like defined contribution Medicare and block granted Medicaid) are the past, even if those policies have never been implemented before. Meyerson's is a nostalgic progressivism where the future happened generations ago and anything new must be a return to the past.