(In These Times) — Once again, America’s political debate is out of focus.

Politicians from both parties—but Republicans most relentlessly—continue to focus inordinately on reducing deficits, even at the price of making the economy unstable and the government dysfunctional.

As the slight decline in economic output in December and the rise of the unemployment rate in January indicate, the economy is still shaky. With that in mind, Congress and the administration should focus on the job and income growth needed for a full recovery from the Great Recession.

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