Taking Stock

As I am writing this, it seems that a deal has been worked out in Washington to avoid a federal default.  No one is happy with the deal, which is to be expected, but I sense that many people are livid about the process.  This is especially true for Progressives, who seem to view the entire experience as a massive defeat.

One good thing came out of it all, however – the public and the media are engaged in a discussion of our economy and what to do about it like never before.

I think it is time to pause for a moment and see just where we are in the national discussion before we move ahead.  This post is a series of polls that I hope will help us all focus on how this debate will stay engaged and productive.  As always, please leave your more general thoughts beyond the questions in the comments.

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