Those who wring their hands about the long-term budget deficit act as if the deficit problem is intractable, and conveniently forget that only a decade ago President Clinton left office with federal surpluses as far as the eye could see.
A new poll on jobs and the economy has a clear message for the president and his party: Stand up for jobs, and protect Social Security and Medicare. The results couldn't be clearer. But is the White House even listening?
Voters know that punishing currency manipulators, dealing boldly with violations of international trade rules, and ending tax incentives to outsource jobs would help reverse the decline of American manufacturing.