Today's preferred political posture is that of "the adult in the room," the one who's prepared to compromise during negotiations. But there's a little problem with that pose. By definition, it means that you're compromising with children.
The adult in the room at a pre-school doesn't strike a deal that says we'll play outside instead of eating lunch or snacks. He or she knows that we need nutrition to stay healthy. The adult in the room wants the children to be happy, but if they're not behaving he appeals to their parents. And in politics, he or she appeals to the voters.
Well, President Obama has finally gone over the Republicans' heads to the voters, but he's left out the "nutrition" our economy needs most: jobs. The Republicans keep claiming that jobs will magically appear if taxes are kept low, even though low taxes haven't produced any jobs over the last 10 years. The President warned us Monday night that "our growing debt could cost us jobs." But you know what really costs us jobs? Not spending money to give people jobs. more »
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