The fact that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) hit its original goal this week of signing up more than 7 million people through its insurance exchanges ought to be a moment of truth — literally as well as figuratively. It ought to give everyone, particularly members of the news media, pause over how reckless the opponents of change have been in making instant judgments and outlandish charges.
Among the economists, Rivlin is optimistic that a meltdown is not imminent and can be avoided if the political parties can work together to address a fiscal circumstance she sees as "less scary, but still not sustainable."
Finding a way out of our current political impasse requires some agreement on what problems we need to solve. If anything should unite left, center and right, it is the value of work and the idea, in Bill Clinton’s signature phrase, that those who “work hard and play by the rules” ought to be rewarded for their efforts.
Recent college graduates are facing less unemployment than those without college degrees, but a study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found they are still contending with a nearly 8 percent jobless rate.
According to Rom, "this is one of those winning by losing positions. So here's the deal- the Democrats believe the majority of the population of the country supports immigration reform. President Obama supports immigration reform. The Senate has passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill, so they're using this discharge petition not because they believe that it'll work, but to bring public pressure against the Republicans to say the public wants immigration reform, but it's those pesky Republicans in the House that are preventing the will of the people from being done."
It would be good if Francis encouraged the parts of the U.S. Catholic leadership most alienated from the president to stop treating this former church employee as an enemy. But the pope’s main job is to pose a radical challenge to our complacency and social indifference. In doing so, he should stir an uneasiness that compels all of us — and that includes Obama — to examine our consciences.