"The two parties contesting this election are unusually pathetic," columnist David Brooks wrote. "Their programs are unusually unimaginative. Their policies are unusually incommensurate to the problem at hand." Brooks blasted Republicans' growth agenda of tax cuts and nothing else as "stupefyingly boring, fiscally irresponsible and politically impossible." And he criticized Democrats for offering practically nothing. "They acknowledge huge problems like wage stagnation and then offer . . . light rail! Solar panels! It was telling that the Democrats offered no budget this year, even though they are supposedly running the country." Brooks’ conclusion: "Covering this upcoming election is like covering a competition between two Soviet refrigerator companies, Cold War relics offering products that never change."