What is the problem….that root core problem that causes the complex, expensive, onerous execution of policy in Washington?
Considering the size and scope of the problems, there should be lots of proposals for turning the ship around. With 535 in Congress, only Paul Ryan promoted any major overhaul, and then only for Medicare.
Tax reform is discussed, but only a couple of candidates have transformational ideas.
Immigration, health financing, Net Neutrality, trade, private investment, public investment – lots of talk, but lots of talk about ideas already discussed. In the end, nothing happens and we have the status quo.
And the Presidential Election: the visionary statements are without much detail. They sound like Obama’s Hope and Change. Make American Great Again, Jeb Can Fix It. A New American Century. From Hope to a Higher Ground. A Revolution is Coming. Nice words. Where are the ideas that fill in the vision with strategy.
It doesn’t exist. Cut some taxes here, raise Medicare Benefits there. Do a little trade. Don’t do a little trade.
What’s the problem? Money is speech and the givers are interested in the status quo, not change. The parties are interested in retaining or gaining power, so the money goes assuring no major deviations for the elites position.
Joseph Schumpeter wrote that the business elites, the big business leaders, hated entrepreneurs because the shook up their markets, and sometimes they took down a market altogether. Ask the guys building telegraphs and prairie schooners how they like the telephone and car entrepreneurs.
The main problem is that parties love their money, the power of money, and that power is driven by elites that like the status quo.
How do you change our political parties? From within. We shall see if this is possible if an ‘outsider’ gets elected.
My bet is on a new party. What do you think?