I am not an economist, and so I find myself waiting to read Paul Krugman in The NY Times to explain what is occurring in the economy, the pluses and minuses of the positions of Democrats and Republicans in their respective proscriptions and values, and the role of journalists.

This piece on why Krugman believes the Congressional Super-Committee of 6 Republicans and 6 Democrats will fail in its mission is worthwhile reading (NY Times, November 17). It describes the issues at stake, the different universes and values of the two major political parties, and how journalists so often fail in writing about the motivations and consequences of policies out of fear of being accused of partisanship on the one hand and of losing access to policy-makers on the other because they ask the hard questions and then report the answers with appropriate critical analysis.