Comments on: The budget deal and Washington’s new politics of compromise Sat, 03 Jan 2015 16:42:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: urukhai2 Sat, 14 Dec 2013 12:02:18 +0000 U.S. Budget deficits and the national debt never posed a threat to the economy? At some point in the future tax increases or spending cuts may be necessary?
How very intellectual.
If it is too painful to face these issues now, how devastating will it be when these things come to a head? Don’t worry, our kids will pay for it.
I do agree that economic growth is A key to deficit reduction but how is our country going to grow its way out of this mess when our businesses are burdened with tens of thousands of pages of new regulations each year?

By: delta5297 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 23:16:29 +0000 If the incentives for the current political environment favor compromise, then what were the incentives prior to the 2012 election that led to obstruction and gridlock? If the Republicans are shifting away from confrontation because doing so harmed their constituents, well wasn’t that true before the election as well? What exactly changed?

By: Wantunbiasednew Fri, 13 Dec 2013 19:19:38 +0000 Really good article. One clarification concerning Germany and its society and politics as the country was mentioned a few times.
Germany is a homogeonous country, there is more diversity in any of 50 states than in whole Germany (low Gini index, no poverty and not many super rich).
The same concerns German politics. After September elections 2 biggest parties created a Grand Coalition.
To make a long story short there are more political differences within the Democratic Party and within Republican Party than between Grand Coalition partners.

By: jrpardinas Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:32:10 +0000 Great column!