We shouldn't expect the voluntary faith communities to do it alone. We can usually count on the public to be there, but it needs the support and revenue support of the private sector to fulfill that role.
In August, the Federal Reserve imposed a cap on the fees banks can charge retailers every time customers swipe their debit cards. Why is that important? In addition to banks, consumers may be the biggest losers.
We don't know enough about policy. We don't know all the implications and ramifications of various decisions. We can't pull together a group of world-renowned economists and business leaders. That is what we pay you a nice salary for.
By fully caving on this stand-off, where the White House is backed by the general public and large swaths of the GOP, Obama would not only fail to impress independent voters, he'd ensure a drubbing on a series of future fights.
I long for a return to the days when job providers actually provided jobs, when people who were reformers contributed to the betterment of society, and when bullies were shunned rather than being elected.
The congressmen who oppose raising taxes want to cut government spending to the bone, which means they want the burden of curing the deficit placed squarely on the backs of the middle class and the poor.
If revenues are to be in the budget package now being negotiated they will almost surely come from cutting tax expenditures. Those are the one trillion worth of tax revenues forgone each year due to tax breaks for various activities in the code.