Dionne on Obama's budget speech.

Just posted to the home page, "A President, Not a Ref":

President Barack Obama has finally decided to take his own side in the philosophical struggle that is the true engine of this nation's budget debate.After months of mixed signals about what he was willing to fight for, Obama finally laid out his purposes and his principles. His approach has difficulties of its own, and much will depend on execution. But the president was unequivocal in arguing that the roots of our fiscal problems lie in the tax cuts of the past decade that we could not afford. And he raised the stakes in our politics to something more fundamental than dry numbers on a page or computer screen."We are rugged individualists, a self-reliant people with a healthy skepticism of too much government," he declared. "But there has always been another thread running throughout our history--a belief that we are all connected; and that there are some things we can only do together, as a nation. We believe, in the words of our first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, that through government, we should do together what we cannot do as well for ourselves."

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Grant Gallicho joined Commonweal as an intern and was an associate editor for the magazine until 2015. 

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