When money so heavily corrupts politics -- when special interests spread their cash not just to politicians but to the advocacy groups and media companies that host and contribute to policy debates -- it's hard to sort out which opinions have been reached honestly and independently.
These cuts would be counterproductive to the short and long-term interests of our country, thwarting our safety and security, our innovation and growth -- the very goals the U.S. must achieve to remain strong and competitive.
Unleashing a deregulated Wall Street again will only make the next crash and crisis inevitable. Unfortunately, it'll likely be much worse next time than it was this time, which cost or will cost more than $12.8 trillion.
It is amazing what a deadline can do to focus the hearts and minds of our government, but the real test of bipartisanship lies in the ability of our political system to address the most pressing of all problems, the national debt.
The only way to get our fiscal house in order is by enacting a thoughtful, balanced program that includes spending cuts; reforms to medical, retirement, farm, and other programs; and revenue increases.
If the election demonstrates anything, it is that the public is weary of excessive gamesmanship and is demanding that American politics become more realistic and responsive. And we have all grown more cynical about where any of this can happen.