I think that people like Boehner really might be so dumb as to think that cutting government spending is a treatment for economic depression. At first it seems impossible to come up with a line of thinking leading to a government spending freeze, but I think it becomes easy once you take off your ‘thinking cap’: problem with money! --> cut spending! That’s how the ‘reasoning’ goes; they really are the Stupid Party (despite that the Weekly Standard in 2007 stupidly declared that the Democrats had nabbed that crown).
David Brooks may be pretty dumb on his own, but he’s got nothing on these congresscritters. It’s not as if the congresscritters are improving their own popularity; they just don’t know how to do anything but call for spending cuts.