From time to time, I’ve spoken approvingly of Jim Geraghty’s “Morning Jolt” newsletter from National Review. Today’s Jolt included the following, which I found to be both interesting and substantial (and it’s worth noting that although he starts with the Dems, he includes “almost all of Washington” in this, so there is blame for the GOP as well):
Democrats – and perhaps almost all of Washington – shy away from doing things that are hard.
Stopping Putin? That’s hard. Pushing back against the rising tide of virulent anti-Semitism in Europe? That’s hard. Addressing the insufficient skill-set of the American workforce in a rapidly-changing, globalized economy? Really hard. Creating a culture of opportunity, responsibility and accountability in the worst neighborhoods in the inner cities? Nothing’s worked wonders yet. Ensuring every child is raised in a loving home? That’s hard.
Entitlement reform? Too difficult to even mention. The national debt? Too big and difficult to even think about.
Cleaning out the dead wood from the federal bureaucracy and instituting a new culture of accountability and results? That’s really hard.
It’s much easier to fume at length about Todd Akin and “binders full of women” and what Phil Robertson said on “Duck Dynasty” and sneer at gun owners and religious Christians. Vast swaths of our public debate revolve around metronomic “Can you believe what this person said?” outrages. Any ill-tempered comment from any little-known “GOP lawmaker” anywhere in the country can set off a couple news cycles of ritualistic denunciation.