Here's a chart that anyone wanting to understand current discussions about deficits needs to see. Jim Fallows explains why it matters.
It's no great insight. Everybody recognizes that the horrific thing about recent policy debate in Washington is that the Republicans have succeeded in shifting the discourse to their turf. Rep. Paul Ryan's cynical and sinister budget proposal, which would destroy Medicare as we know it, dismantle Medicaid, and defund many other programs that help the poor and dispossessed in America — BUT PROTECT LOW TAXES ON THE WEALTHIEST! — is now driving the discussion.
Can President Obama, in his speech tomorrow night, change the direction of this? We'll see. Meanwhile:
This will surprise no sentient being, but these here united states of Murica are very conservative — and increasingly so. See this interesting article (with data) by Richard Florida at The Atlantic's website.
from the Center for American Progress: