Austen died before putting the final polish on Persuasion. She was only forty-one. But "in fiction, . . . blessedly, the dead return to life." Despite her fears about women writers, Jane Austen never was deserted. Her influence is endless. The pen remains in her hand.
Promising the middle class -- and a good swath of the upper middle class -- that their taxes will never go up is politically cowardly, economically irresponsible, and a betrayal of the progressive belief in government.
After Tuesday night's intense debate, there is certainly a lot to dissect. But in the interest of concision, there is a short answer: Regardless of who "won," one thing was for certain -- Romney continued to hold Obama's feet the fire.
The Buffett Rule is a tiny tax, of little consequence to the people who would pay it or to the country as a whole. The idea that $30 billion of additional revenue would tip the balance in any way is simply ludicrous. But this is precisely what gives the Buffett Rule its powerful symbolism.
Anyone watching Obama's press conference yesterday had to be struck that he reserved his greatest energy for his attack on Democratic critics. This might be a misstep with more far-reaching repercussions than the compromise on tax-cuts.