WHERE'S THE BEEF?
Are we headed for more political business as usual, where Republicans give up too much and get too little back in the debt-ceiling fight? Friday's papers are loaded with stories on the GOP giving up Paul Ryan's Medicare-reform package. It's being called "political reality."
But let me ask this: Will they also give up any attempt to slow Medicare spending in the next couple of years, at least a down-payment on the budget deficit?
And I don't see much talk anymore about tax reform as part of the new package. But the economy still needs an incentive jolt, which could be supplied at least by dropping the business tax rate.
Conservative Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is moving to a 15 percent corporate tax rate. We're still at 35 percent. Canada's open for business. Are we?