Our feelings toward the French have always been tentative. We love their wine, we love their food, but we hate their politics. The Iraq War strained relations with France, and recent WikiLeaks revelations of how we regard their president will not further our friendship.
Enough already. The mythology of GM and Chrysler’s resurrection has transformed the automakers’ bailouts into the penultimate symbol of success for the Obama administration’s recovery efforts. If we throw enough money at a problem, we generally manage to come up with some sort of a solution.
General Motors will celebrate Thanksgiving with a lot to be thankful for. The automaker just conducted one of the largest IPOs in U.S. history while millions of taxpayers who helped to pay for GM’s bailout remain jobless, their unemployment benefits used as a bargaining chip by legislators engaged in a post-election turf war.
Posturing aside, legislators from both parties claim to know that our deficit is a bad thing. They know it now, they knew it last year, and they should have known it 25 years ago, because we were already being warned that it was a problem:
The American economy faces unprecedented risks in the years ahead unless the federal government takes measures to narrow the gap between tax revenues and spending.
The partisan battle over taxing success threatens to distract from needed recovery efforts, just as the president’s obsession with replacing our health care system prevented legislators from focusing on job creation. We have hit a record 62-year high for long-term unemployment , and need to get the campaign against the wealthy behind us so we can move forward in January and fix the economy.
When the UK’s Prime Minister has had his fill of being pilloried for the budget cuts announced last week, we should offer him a job. This country needs someone with the courage to do more than shift priorities to give the appearance of cutting spending.
Now, you would have thought that given the crisis, when we got to Washington Democrats and Republicans would come together, we’d put politics aside and deal with this once-in-a-generation challenge. 
President Barack Obama, October 22, 2010
With the possible exception of the aftermath of September 11th, it is very difficult to remember a national crisis where the solution took precedence over partisanship.