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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On to the questions. If you feel there is something else to say consider this an open thread on the economy. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate having such a strong community of readers who enlighten and encourage me. Thank you all again!
Thank you all for reading and contributing. Results are updated constantly, so check back if you are as curious as I am. Thank you again for being readers and your incredibly valuable comments, because that is what makes this effort all worthwhile!