It may surprise you, but The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel and Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief of, agree on a few things. One big point of consensus: both believe cutting the amount of money going to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would be a good starting point for rebuilding our economy. But on just about every other point, vanden Heuvel says, this country is having the wrong debate at the wrong time.

When there are "25 million people out of work, underemployed, seeking work," vanden Heuvel says, nobody should be talking about cutting vital services to the most vulnerable Americans. Instead, we need "additional spending to rebuild and to recover." We should view all of the issues and problems facing this country, vanden Heuvel says, through a "pro-growth, pro-jobs, lens over everything." 

—Kevin Gosztola