Must Read Op-Eds for May 19, 2011

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Here are today’s opinion and editorial columns.

THE DEBT CEILING FIASCO  BY ALAN BINDER
WALL STREET JOURNAL

Fights over the budget are normal and proper in a democracy, especially when the two parties hold dramatically different views. But threatening to default should not be a partisan issue. In view of all the hazards it entails, one wonders why any responsible person would even flirt with the idea.

 

THE YEAR OF LIVING ADULTEROUSLY  BY GAIL COLLINS
NEW YORK TIMES

Of course, a wife who is off limits would not be able to campaign for her husband. I think that would be terrific. Finally, we could end the tradition that a presidential candidate’s spouse is running for something, too. If we want a first family to obsess over, we should just hire a king and queen. Don’t know how the social right would feel about this. But there’s always Mitt Romney.

GETTING SMART ON AID  BY NICHOLAS KRISTOF
NEW YORK TIMES

I’ve been worried that the “Three Cups of Tea” uproar would lead people to give up on helping others. That would be a tragedy because, over the last decade, we’ve actually gotten much smarter at figuring out how to make a difference. Increasingly, we have a good idea what works — if people still are trusting enough to try to help.

BUDGET HOPES, FURTHER FROM REACH  EDITORIAL
NEW YORK TIMES

But some Democrats, like Mark Begich of Alaska and Bill Nelson of Florida, are pushing back on the tax increases, reflecting Republican irresponsibility. Until the president and his party can make a stronger case for increased revenues, it is probably too much to expect Republicans like Tom Coburn to do it for them.

WHY IS THE SENATE STALLING ON THE DEBT DEBATE?  BY TOM COBURN
WASHINGTON POST

In the coming weeks I’ll be putting forward my own proposal that puts everything on the table and cuts $9 trillion in spending over the next decade. I hope my colleagues present their ideas as well. I’m confident that in a free and open debate, the best solutions for America will prevail, but only if we have the debate. … If senators put our national security ahead of our political security, the American people will see there is no problem we cannot solve. Let the debate begin.

WRITING THE MIDDLE EAST’S NEW NARRATIVE  BY DAVID IGNATIUS
WASHINGTON POST

Power abhors a vacuum, such as the one that exists now. We may be entering a “post-American” age in the Middle East, but that doesn’t mean that the United States shouldn’t be working with its allies to create a more inclusive security architecture that’s worthy of this time of transformation. A world restored, indeed.

CALIFORNIA GOV. JERRY BROWN IS TOO EAGER TO EMBRACE TAXES  BY GEORGE WILL
WASHINGTON POST

His only concession to the revenue windfall is to propose higher income taxes for four rather than five years. So the revenue surge serves to underscore the state government’s metabolic urge to grow, and the unswerving devotion of Democrats to that project. Dutton’s response is economical: “Ridiculous.”

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