Rick Perry and Nikki Haley Propose Long-Term Debt Solutions Amid speculation he will run for president, Texas Governor Rick Perry joins with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to talk up states' fiscal responsibilities and urge the federal government to act responsibly as well. "Just like most businesses and families," the governors write in The Washington Post, "states have a limited amount of money on hand with which to build their balanced budgets, and when times are hard states have to prioritize, make sacrifices and figure out how to best provide essential services to residents... Unfortunately, the system in Washington makes it easier for elected officials to bury their heads in the sand, avoid responsibility and make the easiest choice of all: borrow more, plunge our nation deeper into debt and allow this generation to punt the tough decisions to our children and grandchildren." The governors go on to defend their support for a pledge to oppose a raise in the debt ceiling unless there is a reduction in spending, implementation of spending caps, and a Constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget.
Peggy Noonan on Obama's Upper Hand "As this is written, the president seems to have the edge," Peggy Noonan writes of the debt ceiling debate in The Wall Street Journal. "The House is probably not enough to win a fight like this. In the words of a conservative strategist, Republicans have one bullet and the Democrats have three: the presidency, the Senate, and a mainstream media generally willing to accept the idea that the president is the moderate in the fight." But Obama will pay a price, Noonan warns, for his victory. His warning that social security checks and other entitlements will not be paid if the debt ceiling is not raised has only "agitated" Americans. "He will have scared America and shook it up, all for a political victory. That will not add to affection or regard for the president." She also adds, though, that "there are other reasons for American unease," and jumps to a slightly different topic: "everyone over 50 in America feels a certain cultural longing now ... In the Old America there were a lot of bad parents. There always are ... But in the old America you knew it wasn't so bad, because the culture could bring the kids up. Inadequate parents could sort of say, 'Go outside and play in the culture.'" You can't tell children that any more, "because the culture will leave them distorted and disturbed. And there isn't less bad parenting now than there used to be."