Will Wilkinson from his blog at The Economist. He substantially improves the argument about indulgences that I made a few days ago. (Link to my op ed)
What we need to recognize is that prosperity needs stability, predictability, and optimism. But political success requires chaos, confusion, and fear.
Right now, the Republicans seem to be winning parts of the "You should be afraid! Very, very afraid!" race.
But BOTH sides win from telling you, "We can save you! Send money!"