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Must-Read Op-Eds for Friday, July 13, 2012

ENNUI THE PEOPLE
BY PEGGY NOONAN
WALL STREET JOURNAL

The 2012 presidential election is unusual. It is a crisis election like 1932 or 1980, with the American people knowing we're at a turning point and knowing that who we pick now really matters. But crisis elections tend to bring drama—a broad sense of excitement and passion. We're not seeing that this year. ...We have not seen political genius in Mr. Obama. Whether you will vote for him or not, you know you haven't seen it. He seems to view politics as his weary duty, something he had to do on his way to greatness.  ... As for Mr. Romney it is a commonplace in punditry to implore him to speak clearly of where he'll go and how and why we should follow. ... What does all this suggest? That voters this year will tend to be practical in their choice and modest in their expectations. Which isn't all bad. But joy would be more fun.

WHO’S VERY IMPORTANT?
BY PAUL KRUGMAN
NEW YORK TIMES

...There is, of course, a good chance that Republicans will control both Congress and the White House next year.  If that happens, we’ll see a sharp turn toward economic policies based on the proposition that we need to be especially solicitous toward the superrich — I’m sorry, I mean the “job creators.” ...To be sure, many and probably most of the rich do, in fact, contribute positively to the economy. However, they also receive large monetary rewards. Yet somehow $20 million-plus in annual income isn’t enough. They want to be revered, too, and given special treatment in the form of low taxes. And that is more than they deserve. After all, the “common person” also makes a positive contribution to the economy. Why single out the rich for extra praise and perks?

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