Gary Hart: Myth and Its Dangers Myths play a central role as metaphor in many world religions, but myths in politics are dangerous. They are a conscious hiding place from a changing, challenging, and often uncomfortable new world.
Leo W. Gerard: Mitt Romney: Magic Man Now you see severely conservative Romney, now you don't. The GOP nominee asks Americans to engage in magical thinking -- to believe his hocus-pocus is not just a stage show but will actually painlessly solve problems.
Dr. Peggy Drexler: Mom and Dad and TMI: Are You an Over-Sharer? We're always hearing about children and teenagers who share too much: with their friends; with their parents; online, with the world. But what happens when it's Mom and Dad dabbling in TMI? How do we know how much--and what sort of--information our kids can handle?
Jared Bernstein: Make Up Your Mind, Dude: Deficit Hawk or Dove! There's a time for larger deficits and a time to be moving toward budget surplus. We want and need cyclical budget deficits to offset slumps; we do not want structural budget deficits that get larger when the economy hits its expansionary stride, which it has not as of yet.