You read it here first

October 25, 2011

Yes, I am being shameless. But when no one else does, you must toot your own horn.

David Brooks, N.Y. Times editorial columnist, is perhaps the most insightful journalist currently writing about the American and world scenes. In today’s editorial, he argues that if Americans are to regain trust in government, the debate should refocus on concrete choices facing the nation, and steer away from ideology:

Obama would be wiser to champion a Grand Bargain strategy. Use the Congressional deficit supercommittee to embrace the sort of new social contract we’ve been circling around for the past few years: simpler taxes, reformed entitlements, more money for human capital, growth and innovation.

Don’t just whisper Grand Bargain in back rooms with John Boehner. Make it explicit. Take it to the country. Lower the ideological atmosphere and get everybody thinking concretely about the real choices facing the nation.

If you don’t trust voters to be serious, they won’t trust you.

In my June 5, 2011 post I wrote: Ideology doesn’t solve problems. Only real, tangible, on-the-ground, practical, pragmatic, nitty-gritty hard work solves problems. Let’s stop arguing about theories and face the facts. It’s time to get real.

Remember, you read it here first.

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