My wife has often suggested, after reading David Brooks’ column in the New York Times, that there is a synaptic circuit—a telemetric loop that runs between Brooks’ mind and mine. In his column today, “Let’s Get Fundamental” (www.nytimes.com/2009/09/04/opinion/04brooks.html) he argues, citing David Goldhill’s piece in The Atlantic (see “Let the Numbers Speak” post) and a research report from the Brookings Institute, that it is time, as I suggested (see ‘RIP-Teddy’ post), to go for it—all out reform—to swing for the fences.
Brooks is more eloquent than I and has just a few million more readers. I hope he gets his message across before it’s too late. I hope he gets his hour with Obama to offer guidance before next week’s address to Congress. (I’m relatively certain I won’t.) I hope we actually do accomplish reform rather than, as Brooks warns, just “essentially cement the present system in place.” But, maybe I hope too much. And, maybe Obama is all hoped-out.
As Brooks, I, and the Brookings Institute study agree: the problem is fixable. The resources are there. The financial imperative couldn’t be more obvious. The outstanding question: do we have the will?