Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day’s conversation inside and outside Washington.
Senior Political Columnist for TheDailyBeast.com John Avlon:
- Debt Ceiling Deal - Our long national nightmare is over - for now. After a unexpectedly broad bipartisan margin in the House, the bill is expected to pass the Senate at noon today. Club for Growth and the Progressive Campaign Change Committee lobbied and lost. We avoided default - now the focus for those who care about the deficit and debt will be on the composition of the bipartisan joint special committee.
- Gabrielle Giffords Appears - Sometimes symbolism matters - and the image of Gabrielle Giffords casting her first vote for the debt ceiling bill was an inspiring reminder that the hyper-partisan fights of the past few weeks do not represent our best selves or our best traditions. Giffords’ centrist record in the House is itself a reminder of the kind of leadership Americans are looking for.
- 77% of Americans Think Congress Acted Like Spoiled Children - Just to put a final point on it - the dysfunction of the debt ceiling debate will leave some scars. It was a vivid example of what happens when hyper-partisanship gets out of control - the basic responsibility of self-government becomes more difficult as good faith is undermined by absolutists and the American people walk away disgusted by D.C. - again.
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
- As Erin Burnett noted last night on John King USA, if this debt ceiling plan is implemented it will add $12 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years. That’s if it goes to plan. That’s insane.
- What no one wants to talk about is that even were the Democrats to get every tax reform and increase they want, tax to GDP isn’t going to get above 20% of the economy. Meanwhile the Democrats are still spending over 25% of the economy. More cuts must happen.
- New word: “tranche.” Whoever decided we all should start using it should be grounded.
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