In the aftermath of the near collapse of the world economy, it seems unlikely that the Republicans are so disconnected from reality that they are going to play chicken with the debt ceiling. Tim Geithner has laid out the clear and stark consequences in a letter to Republican Senators. Think it’ll work?
There’s so little thoughtful discussion of immigration that reading Jose Antonio Vargas’s account of almost twenty years of hiding in plain sight in the Times is a bit shocking. Immigrants are a source of extraordinary dynamism and growth for a country and on simple, cynical, economic terms, the US and Europe need immigration fairly urgently. Vargas vividly illustrates the undercurrent of anxiety he felt for years and years even while he made lemons into lemonade (and won a Pulitzer)..