Here are today's major editorial and opinion columns.
A RESCUE WORTH FUELING BY TIMOTHY GEITHNERWASHINGTON POST
What happens next for Chrysler and GM is up to their executives, managers and workers — just as with any other company. We cannot guarantee their success, and at some point they may stumble. But we’ve given them a better shot. The choice to stop the American automobile industry from unraveling was the right one.
OUR CURRENT TIME FOR CHOOSING BY JON HUNTSMANWALL STREET JOURNAL
In 2008 [Utah] was named the best-managed state in the nation by the Pew Center on the States. We proved that government doesn't have to choose between fiscal responsibility and economic growth. We should not accept that election-cycle politics make it too hard to make the decisions that are necessary to preserve the most productive and competitive economy in the world. This is not just a time for choosing new leaders. This is the hour when we choose our future.
THE BIN LADEN DECADE BY THOMAS FRIEDMANNEW YORK TIMESAbsent some amazing Palestinian peace overture, and maybe even with one, I do not see any Israeli leader with enough authority today to pull Israel out of the West Bank. So, for now, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and Bin Laden both win: In the short run, Bibi gets to keep the West Bank, with 300,000 Jews occupying 2.4 million Palestinians. And in the long run, Bin Laden helps to destroy Israel as a Jewish democracy.
NON MEANS NON BY MAUREEN DOWDNEW YORK TIMES
In the wake of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal, as more Frenchwomen venture sexual harassment charges against elite men, the capital of seduction is reeling at the abrupt shift from can-can to can’t-can’t. Le Canard Enchaîné, a satirical weekly, still argues that “News always stops at the bedroom door,” but many French seem ready to bid adieu to the maxim.
WHO NEEDS HEALTH CARE REFORM? EDITORIALNEW YORK TIMES
Republican alternatives to the health care reform law mostly involve making people pay more for their insurance and medical care on the theory that having more “skin in the game” will lead them to use medical care more sparingly. These two studies show that most of the uninsured have very little skin to put in the game.
REAL POLITICAL COURAGE BY KATRINA VANDEN HEUVELWASHINGTON POST
If we applaud false courage, we’ll only get more of it, and less of the real thing, at a time when we need real courage more than ever. Solving this problem, then, must be a shared responsibility. It is the media’s obligation, as much as it is our own as citizens, to highlight genuine political courage for what it is, and to reject Ryan-style courage for what it isn’t.