PETER SUDERMAN: More Deficit Damage Ahead. “Budget director Peter Orszag’s response? Could be worse! . . . But saying that it could be worse doesn’t excuse the fiscal problem, or the near-total failure of Washington legislators to substantively address it. This is hardly the first sign that the federal budget is in terrible shape.”

Maybe if they feared that angry journalists would hunt them down and push them through windows, they’d take some notice.