…where I’m going to try to write a regular column about how to get out of the mess we’re in. Part 1 explains my view of how we got here. Always reductionist to compress 40 years into a few sentences, but I’ve tried to put on a filter to get at the essentials.
I get that folks are understandably breathing a sigh of relief that self-imposed default is not upon us (though some are apparently rubbing their eyes after this bad dream, looking about them, and seeing a very tough economy).
But it is not really behind us. To the contrary, we seriously risk enshrining some of what just happened into lasting public policy. That’s not a paranoid fantasy, that’s the stated intention of influential Republicans, as I stress here and my CBPP Bob Greenstein powerfully underscores here.