The government shutdown was averted in a last-minute deal, but the details remain to be worked out, and now a contentious vote to raise the nation’s debt limit looms. Meanwhile, President Obama is expected to deliver his broad plan on raising revenue and reforming entitlements in the same week that Rep. Paul Ryan’s FY 2012 budget blueprint is expected to pass the House. What’s the political fallout from the budget battles? Can either party claim the edge, or does everybody lose?
On April 13, William Galston answered questions in a live chat on budget and debt politics, moderated by Seung Min Kim of POLITICO.
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While generation capacity [of electric vehicles] at a national level may be present, many bottlenecks will be local, especially at the feeder or distribution transformer level...There are broader ecosystem issues that need further study, including grid-signalling (including time-of-day pricing for electricity), valuing pollution reduction, charging infrastructure and finances...More than half the retail cost of petrol is taxes, which would need to be covered via other means if we move to EVs. It is unlikely one can (or should) tax electricity at the same rate
India's toilet initiative, under which the government is trying to install 75 million public toilets by 2019, is not on its face a women's rights move, but it will increase women's access to sanitation materials.