The Ills of the System

The Ills of the System

Thanks to the election of Bill Clinton, Americans are going to discover whether a change in leadership can cure the ills of their political system. Are the inadequacies in governing that have given rise to so much discontent mainly a product, as many people think, of divided government combined with divisive and inept presidential leadership? If so, it would be hard to imagine, at this point at least, a more promising remedy than a president with Clinton’s energy and political skills working with a Congress of his own party that is likely to support much of what he proposes. In four years, then, we ought to know whether this combination is enough, or whether our difficulties in governing have causes too deep even for President Clinton and a supportive Congress to overcome.

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