Congress is setting up a battle between generations, young vs. old. The real battle should be those who can pay and are getting away with this vs. those who cannot pay and do not have a voice in government.
It is downright ludicrous to say that a Nobel Prize-winning economist is somehow not qualified to get a job running economic policy for the government. Until Sen. Richard Shelby realizes this, Obama and the White House should point it out.
With imports soaring, we're stimulating the production of China, not the US. The Obama administration refuses to enforce our trade laws to protect the economy and change our tax laws to promote exports.
As a partial solution to appointment obstructionism, President Obama can and should exercise his unilateral authority and fill many federal vacancies with the stroke of a pen -- during any Senate break of his choosing.