A recipe for American success

Congress should reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, an efficient (and profit-making) tool for promoting U.S. business interests in foreign markets.

Congress should avoid any government shutdown or self-induced debt crisis over anything except the most historic and major issues (which we do not see on the horizon), given the centrality of U.S. economic strength to American power.

Democrats and Republicans, in shaping their messages and agendas for the 2016 election, should recognize the importance of government programs in areas such as scientific research, infrastructural investment and education, and then fashion budget priorities accordingly.

Both parties and the Obama administration should work as hard as possible to conclude agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, important for economic growth as well as for setting appropriate standards to help incentivize China to reform its economic practices (because TPP membership will not be available to China until it does so).