Political Imbalance

We are days away from the book’s publication date (Tuesday), and the essence of our core theory couldn’t be more obvious: the Great Power of America is economically – and politically – imbalanced. Here’s David Rhode in the Atlantic,

The IRS actions – from targeting conservative tax-exempt organization to lying to members of Congress – were outrageous. … An increasingly polarized Washington is devouring its own. Ceaseless, take-no-prisoners political warfare, not nefarious White House plots, ravages government.

and Peggy Noonan in WSJ,

We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate. … The IRS case deserves and calls out for an independent counsel, fully armed with all that position’s powers. Only then will stables that badly need to be cleaned, be cleaned. Everyone involved in this abuse of power should pay a price, because if they don’t, the politicization of the IRS will continue—forever. If it is not stopped now, it will never stop. And if it isn’t stopped, no one will ever respect or have even minimal faith in the revenue-gathering arm of the U.S. government again.

Of course, I am deeply disturbed by the IRS scandal. Glenn and I are working on some op-eds to coincide with the launch that will go into more detail, not to mention the remedies we discuss in the final two chapters of BALANCE, and we are eager to talk about the real root of America’s political dysfunction in the weeks and months ahead. As a White House chief of staff once said, we shouldn’t let a crisis go to waste. Good can come of this.

A warning: Even if there are some bad Democratic apples, this scandal is more complicated than a left-right battle, no matter how criminal the actions may be. Let’s keep our eye on the nonpartisan, structural causes of political polarization.

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