According to Washington, the crisis of the hour is the debt ceiling. According to ordinary Americans, the crisis is unemployment. While Washington is ensnared in a political conundrum of a House unwilling to compromise and a president all too willing to sell out, Americans are fighting a familiar fight for a basic income. 

Katrina vanden Heuval joined Morning Joe today to make the obvious, yet somehow radical, proposition: "Job creation is the best deficit reduction plan."

Anna Lekas Miller