Charles Krauthammer has an interesting strategy for debt negotiations — short term solution now to avoid default, which will give a both sides a little extra time to formulate a long-term plan. The intriguing thing to me about this approach is that it forces Obama to make hard decisions during his campaign season. Would Obama stand and do what is right for the budget and economy regarding entitlement reform and tax increases, or will Obama push any major reform initiatives to the Republicans — and then swoop in to protect certain important voting blocs from any proposed big bad cuts? Would such a strategy hurt or help Obama when most of the country wants to reduce the size and scope of government. Read Krauthammer’s essay about Obama’s failure to make any substantive changes thus far and what this could mean for both sides in 2012.