What will happen if the Republican Party stays to the right, depriving itself of the support of moderates and the rising demographic groups? It's unclear whether the party as currently constituted can for long continue to compete at the national level.
Broadly speaking, policymakers should acknowledge that our growing debt is a serious threat to the economic well-being and security of our country. It is urgent that we put in place a plan to stabilize the debt as a share of the economy and put it on a downward path.
We are not a nation of "racist teabaggers" or "weak-kneed treehuggers." We are relatives, neighbors, friends, coaches, teachers, firefighters, cops, nurses, janitors, businessmen, and children at summer camp.