That’s the problem with subjecting every single policy idea to this political test: If the opposition party doesn’t want to cut a deal, there won’t be a deal. And if all coverage of policy is colored by that core political decision, then there’ll never be real pressure on them to make a deal, either. But there’s an alternative world on offer, one where the coverage of new policy ideas leaves their political future alone and focuses, at least at the outset, on whether they’re good ideas. If they’re bad ideas, then the conversation should end there. If they are good ideas, and people know that, then perhaps the knowledge will move a few Republican senators, or even—unlikely as it is—the public, and a policy that began with no evident path to passage will find a way forward. It’s…early to say whether the White House’s corporate tax overhaul and job-creation plans are good ideas. All we have right now are broad-brush previews…But it’d be nice to see these proposals covered in terms of whether they make sense for the economy rather than in terms of whether Republicans will accept them before they’ve even read them.
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