"Perhaps the country’s biggest problem"
What is "perhaps the country's biggest problem?"
If you're the front page of Monday's NYT, the answer is.... the deficit!
Look, this is a subjective thing. There's no right answer. We all have our own answer. The best you can do is ask the people of this country what they think the answer is. And in poll after poll after poll, people say their top concern is the economy/jobs. Usually that grabs up over half of the respondents; sometime it's a bit under half, but still by far the most common answer.
The NYT tries hard, often, to not be out of touch with the country. One way it could do better would be not to print silly shit like this.
Seriously, if you want to convey that you are in some elite bubble, saying the deficit is perhaps the biggest problem the country faces is a pretty darn good way of doing it.