The public already prioritizes job creation over deficit reduction by large margins. In a debate with more facts and less noise, they'd lean even more in this direction. The Peterson's Fiscal Confidence Index, alas, is just more noise.
The Summiteers convened in a nation wracked by unemployment and filled with crumbling schools and bridges. There they concluded that our most urgent problem is ... government deficits. That's like preaching about water conservation when your house in on fire.
Social Security benefit cuts would hurt millions of disabled and elderly people. And clear-eyed historians of the future won't just point their fingers at radical right-wingers. They'll also cite collaborators in the Democratic Party.