Here are some current typical Republican talking points he's squeezing in here, and why they're bad arguments:
- "the middle is rising up in revolt in the tea party movement" (although he's careful not to mention the tea party) Where's your source, except for Glen Beck and Fox News? Sure, there's a tea party "movement", but it's still relatively small, and Obama's ratings are still relatively high.
- "Obama and friends are arrogant and think they know everything with their technocratic analysis" Arrogance is a cute spin on obama's cabinet's credentials, but these people certainly don't think they know everything, and you can hardly blame them for using rigorous analysis to understand what's going on. More importantly, they also don't make things up when they don't know something, or when they don't have enough evidence to support their side, and they don't have a record of distorting science.
- "there are sweeping changes going on that people don't agree with" There are always sweeping changes going on in government. There will always be things people don't agree with. But many people are also happy with the changes occurring. See the reader's comment below.
In any case, one NYT reader points out in the column's comments that "Brooks only quotes Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute studies".