We know the shutdown is not about fiscal responsibility. If it was, Republicans would not have run up the deficit under W by trillions of dollars with two unpaid wars, unpaid Medicare prescription plan, and the Bush tax cuts.
When people say that we need a "balanced approach" to reducing our debt and being fiscally responsible, what I hear is: We need to balance what is good for the whole country with what is good for a few super wealthy and powerful people.
In my view, we will not make progress in addressing either the jobs or deficit crisis unless we are prepared to take on the greed of Wall Street and big-money interests who want more and more for themselves at the expense of all Americans.
Lessons from the tough neighborhoods of Rio and Johannesburg also have meaning for the United States. One of the consequences of the severe budget cuts the GOP envisions under the Ryan plan is a growing disconnect between communities and government.
Everyone, including the leaders of both Democratic and Republican parties, agrees that Medicare costs must be reined in. However, there is a core difference between the Republican and Democratic plans.
Mitt Romney is now officially the lone adult in the self-serving, narrow-minded living room of U.S. politics. This is because, with the Ryan pick, Romney has unequivocally shown he is dead serious about tackling America's most pressing issue: its crippling debt.