So how can we get these incapacitated drivers to stop before they do any more damage? In politics, the public gets to intervene through elections. We just had one, and the Republicans lost, big time. Yet it didn't seem to make much difference. House Republicans are still grabbing for the wheel and the car is rumbling toward trouble.
Obama tries everything to gain control — except a clear, firm presidential statement that speaks to everyone on board, those who voted for him and those who didn't — that could get the country where it needs to go.
The weird thing is that, politics aside, there is every reason to be optimistic about America's future. The country's financial markets are resilient; the housing slump finally seems to be ending; a new era of low-cost shale oil and gas is beginning and, as a result, the United States is becoming a competitive manufacturing economy again.
There's one ruinously dysfunctional part of the American story, and that's the breakdown of our political system. It's time for an intervention, to take the keys away.
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