The real problem?
The United States' free-market capitalist system is the best in the world. However, it has two built-in problems:
 With only a two-party system, ideas don't get vetted, they get polarized.
 With 2, 4, and 6 year election cycles, candidates don't talk about a 50-year vision*, they talk about things that help them get elected.
This situation focuses candidates on short-term, "arguable" positions... that get them elected, instead of dealing with real, long-term problems faced by U.S. citizens. It's the "way it is".
The only solutions to overcome these fundamental barriers to systemic energy (policy) improvement - is to have candidates who [a] reach out to the other political "side" - for real improvement, and [b] are capable of creating and communicating a long-term vision. Heaven forbid we actually [c] look to other parties** for lasting solutions to our difficult challenges!
Will real candidates please stand up***?
* For instance, of energy independence for our children and grand children.
** Take this quiz, and then see other political perspectives (centrists, statist, libertarian). Which rtuly aligns with your thinking?
*** How about a McCain / Obama ticket?
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