The only way we will avoid a constitutional crackup is for a new, bipartisan majority to take effective control of the House and isolate those who would rather see the country fall into chaos than vote for anything that might offend their ideological sensibilities.
If we used the same metrics in education that we do in business, the U.S. system would get an F when it comes to ROI. At $1.3 trillion a year, America is spending more on education than any country in the world -- yet we rank 25th in math, 17th in science and 14th in reading. Something doesn't add up.
Dr Alice Rivlin is an economist who has seen every boom and bust since World War II. Now aged 81 she is one of President Obama's advisors on debt. It's her job to come up with solutions to America's financial crisis. She speaks to Jenni Murray about the challenges of being female and wanting to be an economist – rejected from some universities, and even forbidden from taking out library books because she was female.
I try to be hopeful about things. I long for a time when people on the left and the right might exchange opinions without assuming the very worst of each other. I don’t view conservatism as a form of psychosis and would like conservatives to harbor the same attitude toward progressivism. Happy warriors are better than grim antagonists.
Last Monday, Rivlin — a former budget director — said passing up the TV interviews was key to leaders getting a fiscal cliff deal. "They need to get off the Sunday shows," she declared at a briefing for reporters. Former Sens. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) and Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) offered similar advice.