Imagine fairy dust fell over the nation's capital.
In this fantasy world, Congress passed an actual budget and rather than the sequestration, implemented a series of targeted spending cuts and tax hikes that began to tame the deficit and long-term debt.
There was no argument over increasing the debt ceiling, and the President signed a farm bill, an immigration reform package and a plan to give businesses incentives to hire new employees.
What would the economy look like in this rose-colored scenario?
Host A Martinez talks to Marketplace reporter David Gura about how the Congress and the White House might be the biggest stumbling block on the road to recovery.