Now that the debt ceiling bill is passed, Jonathan Cohn begs politicians to focus on employment:
[T]he White House announced that Obama would be taking a Midwestern bus tour in August, focusing on jobs and the economy. Talking about jobs isn’t the same thing as doing something about jobs, of course. And doing something on jobs will not be easy. While extensions of unemployment insurance and the payroll tax holiday likely have enough to support, anything beyond that will be difficult to pass. Republicans and their allies will keep insisting that the best way to help the economy is to cut spending, which is the very opposite of what, according to almost every mainstream economist, we should be doing.