The problem with nuclear power is not simply one of safety. It is one more of economics. So long as we depend on OPEC oil supplies, OPEC can drop its prices and make plant investments uneconomic overnight.
The current U.S. budget confrontation raises the issue of whether we are a society, a community, or a collection of individuals inhabiting the same geographical space.
Permitting a temporary tax cut to expire as the original law provided is not raising taxes. The Bush tax cuts were but one more failed experiment in the flawed "supply side" theory of taxes.
Those who founded this country spoke the language and upheld the ideals of the republic. Most of us find that quaint and rarely take the time to ask why. But it's a question worth asking. Why did the Founders want to create a republic and not a democracy?