Boehner tries to call a mulligan

This is a more centrist proposal than anything Boehner has offered in public before now. But it's similar to what he offered in his talks with Obama, and to what Bowles offered Republicans during the supercommittee. Which is understandable. Those deals must be looking pretty good to Boehner about now. But they're not available.

By Ezra Klein December 3, 2012

Sorry, Washington: Tax reform won’t do much for growth

The Washington consensus on tax reform is that it'll solve all our problems: It slices, it dices, it cleans up after itself. But that’s not the economic profession’s consensus. If income tax reform solves any problem, it's a political one, not an economic one.

By Ezra Klein November 16, 2012