Restoring reliability to the medical malpractice system, Peter Orszag (former head of OMB under Obama) periodically reminds us, could avoid the vast waste of "unnecessary tests and treatments" ordered only because doctors "believe it will protect them from a lawsuit."
So-called "deficit hawks" like Kent Conrad, Erskine Bowles, and Alan Simpson aren't just unserious. They're radicals. Their positions are an extreme departure from the philosophy of government that's guided American policy for a century.
The president should nominate Paul Krugman to replace Peter Orszag as director of the Office of Management and Budget. The Obama administration lost the narrative on fiscal stimulus. Paul Krugman can get them back on track.