While the Very Serious People debate whether people who earn $250,000 a year are actually rich when it comes to restoring the tax rates of the 1990s, they somehow think that seniors with incomes under $30,000 a year must sacrifice to balance the budget. There is a logic here, but it ain’t pretty.
— Dean Baker (Center for Economic and Policy Research)
That’s the funny thing about ceasing to compromise in public. It can make it more likely that you actually get a compromise in private.
— Ezra Klein, on why the White House should stand firm against Republicans’ attempts to cut entitlement programs (Washington Post)