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Tweet Follow me The good news as Wall Street gives a thumbs-down to the “No taxes, No jobs” deficit-ceiling-deal (with its built-in automatic spending cuts virtually certain to kick in amid more Congressional gridlock) is that U.S. crude oil futures ended Thursday at $86.63 a barrel in New York — down $5.30! The bad news is that oil companies only use the futures price to justify increasing prices at the pump no matter what their profits have been lately. Still, the GOP got out of the way of putting...

Tweet Follow me The President made a compelling case for his vision of the future of the United States, putting the GOP on notice that he is committed to the quality of life for every citizen. The debate over deficits and the federal budget, he said, is about more than just cutting and spending, characterizing the conversation as about the kind of future we want. In a pointed reference to the so-called Ryan plan, President Obama glossed right over the premise we might magically get to an unemployment level below...