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This article describes the twin problems of a weak economy and long term debt issues. It then looks at the ways that the GOP and the President look at those problems and how they have proposed to deal with them. The expectation among the pundits is that the president can come up with a magical solution because that is what we expect president's to do. No magical solution is possible, however, because the GOP and the President have opposing views and opposing objectives. That is why Fox News viewers and Rush Limbaugh listeners are better informed than the pundits. The know exactly what the GOP position is and they also know that it is intransigent. They don't desire or anticipate a magical solution from the President.