rose colored glasses

Paul Krugman has written an otherwise excellent essay entitled “Senator Bunning’s Universe,” in which he describes the totally different universes in which America’s two major political parties now live.

I say “otherwise excellent essay” because – after brilliantly stating the problem we face (a nation governed by two parties literally incapable of seeing the world the same way) – he ends the essay without offering a ray of hope.

All he says is…

Someday, somehow, we as a nation will once again find ourselves living on the same planet. But for now, we aren’t. And that’s just the way it is.

That’s a strange thing to say, given that – from a factual standpoint – we do live on the same “planet.”

However, our two parties definitely don’t act as if they do; and – until there is an independent arbitrator of who is on the “real” planet and who is on the “imaginary” planet – they will continue to fight over whose planet is real.

How to solve this? Well, in a way, his last sentence – “And that’s just the way it is” – points to the solution. And it’s a solution I’m surprised he doesn’t see himself.

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