Ezra Klein in Bloomberg View on Romney and George W. Bush Romney's biggest problem is that his policies are the same as George W. Bush's. He should have been able to defend that on Tuesday, but instead he ignored it. The issue: Bush had a surplus, and cutting taxes without cutting spending led to a deficit. "We do need new thinking. But Romney isn’t offering any."
Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times on how healthcare could have saved Scott Kristof wrote of his uninsured college roommate Scott with prostate cancer in Sunday's column, and Kristof was surprised at how many readers were "savagely unsympathetic," saying people pay for their mistakes. But "a civilized society compensates for the human propensity to screw up." Scott died Monday. Had he lived in a country with universal healthcare, maybe he would have survived.
Anne Applebaum in The Washington Post on how security affects diplomacy To Applebaum, the disturbing part of the Libya security discussion is the assumption "that no American diplomats should ever be exposed to any risk whatsoever and that it is always better to have too much security than too little." Chris Stevens was good because he was accessible. Too much security distorts the view ambassadors have of the people in the country.