Sluggish growth and persistent unemployment are the real problems. The paradox is that the deficit would be less challenging if we'd been less preoccupied with it.
States that created their own healthcare exchanges and expanded Medicaid coverage are providing insurance to tens of thousands of customers.
Let's allow ourselves hope after the defeat of extremists who closed the government down to accomplish nothing. Some important things have changed for the better.
Our nation escaped the worst. But there were consequences to the decision of a craven House Republican leadership that knew it was picking a fight it could not win.
It is not alarmism to fear that Congress's failure to authorize an increase in the national debt could trigger a global recession.
The vast majority of Americans are outraged that some in Congress are endangering the economic security of the nation in pursuit of a narrow ideological agenda.
Obama and Democrats are done with being intimidated by the use of extra-constitutional means to extort concessions the right cannot win through normal legislation.
There's no reason to expect rollout of the ACA to go smoothly, but the overall prognosis is bright and the first exchange insurance prices are lower than expected.
The Republican right still does not accept the legitimacy of Barack Obama's presidency. This is why much of the government shut down.
Battles over budgets and Obamacare involve a showdown over the role of government in stemming rising inequality and making our country a more fair and decent place.
Competing appeals from campaigns in the 2012 elections signaled the arrival of Latinos—and Latino Catholics in particular—as a pivotal force in American politics.