This editorial illustrates some of the issues that are presented in the post below on the scarcity of governance. The president has begun his 2012 campaign with a speech that recognizes the problems that we face, and he indicated what it might take to remedy some of our national problems. However, few expect that anything can be done about these problems in our polarized democracy. Political interests overwhelm the national interest, particularly in an election year. Moreover, the president has to raise money to run his campaign at the same time that he needs to make changes that will alienate many of his potential contributors.
This editorial provides a perfect introduction to the issues discussed in more depth below.