Here are today’s must read opinion and editorial colunms.
A REQUIEM FOR HUCKABEE BY ROSS DOUTHAT
NEW YORK TIMES
[Huckabee’s] candidacy illuminated a path that more politicians should take. We live in an age of economic stagnation and social crisis, and the two are intimately connected. The collapse of the two-parent family and unfettered low-skilled immigration have made America more stratified. The Wall Street-Washington axis really did drive the country into a ditch. For all his faults, Mike Huckabee knew how to talk about these problems. Now we need leaders with ideas for what do about them.
AMERICA HELD HOSTAGE BY PAUL KRUGMAN
NEW YORK TIMES
According to Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, Mr. Obama has told Democrats not to draw any “line in the sand” in debt negotiations. Well, count me among those who find this strategy completely baffling. At some point — and sooner rather than later — the president has to draw a line. Otherwise, he might as well move out of the White House, and hand the keys over to the Tea Party.
GOVERNOR CUOMO’S LIST
NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL
The argument that voters can always choose to override the cap is flawed. The only places where that is likely to happen are wealthy communities. Mr. Cuomo and the Legislature have a month before the summer recess — not a lot of time to get things right. The state needs ethics reform, redistricting reform and marriage equality. The city needs rent regulations. What isn’t needed is a property-tax cap.
LINCOLN WOULD WEEP AT THE GOP’S 2012 FIELD BY E.J. DIONNE
Imagine what would happen today to a Republican who said this: “Much is said about the ‘sovereignty’ of the States; but the word, even, is not in the national Constitution.” Abraham Lincoln spoke those words and believed so much in the national government that he waged a bloody war to save it. Do you think any Republican will be quoting Lincoln on states’ rights during the 2012 debates? What this nation most needs right now is a Republican Party that believes again in its own best traditions.
MITT ROMNEY’S PREEMPTIVE STRIKE BY KATHLEEN PARKER
When asked whether Romney’s involvement in passing health-care legislation in Massachusetts would hurt his electability, the overwhelming response was “no effect,” according to pollster David Paleologos. Another signal of Romney’s strength will be how often Obama mentions Massachusetts health care between now and the primaries. I’d bet a margarita brunch, now overdue, that we’ll hear it quite a lot.
A SWORD OF DAMOCLES FOR THE DEBT CEILING BY PETE DOMENICI & ALICE RIVLIN
Attaching save-go to legislation raising the debt ceiling will allow those most concerned about future deficits to raise the ceiling in a fiscally responsible way. Congress can then act to hit its targets with carefully constructed legislation, or not. Either way, the promise of debt reduction for the American people will be met.
RAHM’S EDUCATION PROMISE EDITORIAL
WALL STREET JOURNAL
As Chicago negotiates a new teachers contract next year, the city will need to insist on an evaluation system akin to Washington, D.C.’s, which provides for the dismissal of incompetent teachers even in the absence of a budget crisis that forces layoffs. For now, Chicago’s school budget has a hole of more than $700 million—so Mr. Emanuel has the chance to live by his own dictum and not let this crisis go to waste.