Now that the Debt Ceiling is Raised, What Next?
Like many in Washington, we’ve been focused on the debt ceiling debate for the past several weeks. The evolution of public awareness and opinion on that issue was fascinating to watch and the public opinion and electoral repercussions will continue to evolve over the coming weeks and months. But, the debt ceiling issue has been resolved until after the 2012 elections. So let’s refocus a | Read More »
Obama Returns to Post-Partisanship. And then Doesn’t
Barack Obama ran a campaign in 2008 that, at least superficially, was built on the value proposition that we should move beyond the partisan battles that characterized the previous decades of American politics and instead return to shared set of values to guide our government through compromise. We all know that the policies that Obama advocated, and subsequently enacted, were far more partisan and ideologically | Read More »
Understanding Debt Ceiling Attitudes
While President Obama claims that 80% of Americans want to see their taxes increased to address the Federal deficit, Congress continues to debate raising the debt ceiling and we close in on the highly publicized August 2nd deadline to avoid a government default, there are several points that need to be made to keep claims of public support in context. First, significant numbers of Americans | Read More »