Friedman on America’s inability to deal with serious problems

By Ben Cohen

I’m not a fan of Thomas Friedman, but he is right on the money:

My fellow Americans: We are a country in debt and in decline — not

terminal, not irreversible, but in decline. Our political system seems

incapable of producing long-range answers to big problems or big

opportunities. We are the ones who need a better-functioning democracy

— more than the Iraqis and Afghans. We are the ones in need of

nation-building. It is our political system that is not working.

I

continue to be appalled at the gap between what is clearly going to be

the next great global industry — renewable energy and clean power — and

the inability of Congress and the administration to put in place the

bold policies we need to ensure that America leads that industry.

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Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.