The agreement to raise the debt ceiling just announced by policymakers in Washington not only erodes funding for public investments and safety-net spending, but also misses an important opportunity to address the lack of jobs. The spending cuts in 2012 and the failure to continue two key supports to the economy (the payroll tax holiday and emergency unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed) could lead to roughly 1.8 million fewer jobs in 2012, relative to current budget policy.
The Economist has no time for nuance:
If Republicans are the clear winner from this deal, the economy is the loser.
Toles puts it visually:
I'm looking for the silver lining, but it's kind of hard to find in the rubble.