Noonan for WSJ: This Is No Time for Games

July 15th, 2011

Wall Street Journal

This Is No Time for Games

Ronald Reagan wouldn’t be playing ‘Targeted Catastrophe.’

JULY 15, 2011, 7:39 P.M. ET
By PEGGY NOONAN

Looked at one way, it shouldn’t be hard. Both parties in Washington have every reason to want to prove they possess the baseline political competence to meet the government’s central and pending crisis, which is the spending crisis. Both parties should be eager to reach a debt ceiling agreement, if only to prove the system isn’t broken. Because really, they are the system. If it’s broken, they’re broken, and if they’re broken, who needs them?

So you’d think the hangman’s noose would have concentrated their minds. Instead, of course, it’s a battle. As this is written, the president seems to have the edge. But if he wins—whatever winning looks like—he’ll likely pay a price for his political victory. He usually does. He won on health care, which ruined his first two years in office and sharply accelerated the decline in his popularity. Read More…