This month the Republicans took a stand against tax cuts because of the fiscal implications of those cuts. For the first time in recent memory, Milton Friedman and the Republican Party of my grandfather were redeemed. This was a significant point that should not be lost.
Tea Party acolytes had among their core message two principles: First, Congress should move quickly to end out of control deficit spending. Second, Congress should stop lying to the American people. Well, so much for that election.
Failure to plan is a big part of the BP disaster, and a big part of DC's as well. The culpability of BP's management is minor compared to elected officials who won't control spending, but instead push the debt onto Generation X.
Progressives understand that growing debt and interest payments, unless curtailed now, will eat up money that should go to the long-term investments that matter most, like clean energy, education and health care.
Late yesterday Obama met with a gaggle of legislators to tell them he has no intention of ending the disastrous and pointless occupation of Afghanistan. It was a bit of bipartisan bonhomie: the blind leading the lame.