But improving the quality of political discourse is not enough. We must also find the right policies to deal with the very real problems confronting the country: high unemployment and chronic budget and trade deficits. The financing of state and local governments is heading for a breakdown. The Republicans have gained control of the agenda, and they are promoting a misleading narrative: everything is the government's fault. The Democrats are forced into a rearguard battle, defending the opposite position.Update (June 17, 2011): More on the Soros article.
We need to undertake a profound rethinking of the workings of our political system and recognize that half-truths are misleading. The fact that your opponent is wrong does not make you right. We must come to terms with the fact that we live in an inherently imperfect society in which both markets and government regulations are bound to fall short of perfection. The task is to reduce the imperfections and make both private enterprise and government work better. This is the message I should like to find some way to deliver.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Continuing the Theme of the Last Two Posts
George Soros (for subscribers only, unfortunately):