Reed commands a great deal of respect on Capitol Hill. He is capable of negotiating with leading Republicans in the Senate and in the House. I don't know exactly what he would prefer in terms of raising taxes, but that is a broad strategic decision to be made by the president as well as a detailed tactical point that has to be worked out in discussions.
Huntsman also has good ideas on the need to increase growth as the best and most painless way to stabilize debt relative to the size of the economy. His tax reform record as governor is strong. At the same time, he is exactly the kind of pragmatist who can help Republicans understand the need to bolster our revenue base.
We have a pressing national emergency: Since 2000, we cut revenue dramatically without addressing spending. Bradley is the kind of reasonable person who can help work out how to bring the two closer to balance.
In addition, I have complete confidence that Bradley would have no trouble standing up to powerful players on Wall Street.
I also strongly recommend two people who held government posts during the first Obama administration.
Johnson, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, is a co-author of "White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You."