Working the world of public policy, I'm used to surreal moments.
Such as the assertion that there are trillions of dollars of spending cuts in plans that actually increase spending. How do you have a debate with people who don't understand math?
Or the oft-repeated myth that the Reagan tax cuts for the rich starved the government of revenue. How can you have a rational discussion with people who don't believe IRS data?
And let's not overlook my personal favorite, which is blaming so-called tax havens for the financial crisis, even though places such as the Cayman Islands had nothing to do with the Fed's easy-money policy or with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac subsidies.
These are all example of why my hair is turning gray.
But I'll soon have white hair based on having to deal with the new claim from European bureaucrats that countries are guilty of providing subsidies if they have low taxes for companies.
I'm not joking. This is basically what's behind the big tax fight between Apple, Ireland, and the European Commission.