Thomas Friedman is one of my favorite columnists. He is on a trip to New Zealand and Australia, and had some intersting comments. Both countries, by the way, have single payer national health-care systems and New Zealand has compulsory voting. You get fined if you don't vote. Friedman writes, "Looking at America from here makes me feel as though we have the worst of all worlds now. The days when liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats nudged the two parties together, appear over . Special interest money is out of control. We've lost our ability to do big, hard things together. Yet everything we have to do - tax reform, fiscal reform, health care reform, energy policy - is big and can only be done together."
Nearing ninety-two, I won't live long enough to see it, but I wonder what will have to happen to make that change?