ON THE AGENDA | JULY 2ND, 2010 | Scott Bittle

What Kind Of Country Do We Want To Be?

Values and choices. That's what so many of the problems facing the nation come down to, and on this Fourth of July weekend, it's worth thinking about what that means and why our public debate so often veers away from that.

Values and choices.

That's what so many of the problems facing the nation come down to, and on this Fourth of July weekend, it's worth thinking about what that means and why our public debate so often veers away from that.

Consider some of the challenges we face:

Depressing thoughts for a holiday weekend? Not at all. There are practical options available to solve all these problems. But citizens need to think about what's important to them, and consider the tradeoffs inherent in making solutions stick. Policymakers need to consider how the public thinks about these social issues, and what they need to move up the "learning curve" and make informed choices.

And, after all, the public making its own decisions is what the Fourth of July is all about.


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