Republicans have no interest in moving the nation’s debate toward investments in job creation because they gain twice over from keeping Washington mired in discussions on the deficit. It’s a brute fact that Republicans benefit if the economy stays sluggish. And despite their role in ballooning the deficit during the Bush years, they will always outbid Democrats on spending cuts.
But there is another player in all this. The broad feeling among congressional Democrats — a sentiment that moves toward impatience when it’s expressed off the record — is that President Obama needs to engineer a turn in the national conversation. Brown, for example, strongly defends Obama’s auto rescue and is happy the president is talking more about manufacturing lately. Yet he adds: “The president has got to get this discussion more on jobs and less on the budget.”
Monday, June 13, 2011
E.J. Dionne on the political gridlock over the economy and where the President needs to take the "national conversation":
Ezra Klein at WaPo's "Wonkbook," on controlling health care costs:
(T)he reality is that Democrats have a plan and Ryan doesn’t. But the perception, at this point, is just the opposite.