The federal deficit has ballooned in recent years, and even larger deficits are coming due to the expected growth of entitlement spending. There is little disagreement among members of both political parties that federal spending should be reduced.
The murder trial on Thursday of Gu Kailai, the wife of former Chongqing boss Bo Xilai, is certainly a spectacular and rare case of Chinese elite politics playing out in public. But it is hardly unprecedented. The unfolding drama surrounding of Mr.