Well, the President finally appointed at least the beginning of his blue-ribbon commission on fiscal responsibility and reform, naming Alan Simpson and former chief-of-staff Erskine Bowles from the Clinton days to co-chair it. It's worth holding out hope for this, because Simpson's a good man—always been a renegade on the Republican side—and Bowles was experienced in Washington.
Again, compliments to the President. He is going to meet with the Dalai Lama next week despite the threats from China. This is a good sign. You don't deal with China from weakness. You have to show strength.