As the author of an upcoming book, Melting Point 2040, I write stories about how our world could look in 2040 if we don’t solve our toughest issues. Having worked in Congress two decades ago, and then with Congress from the outside in many of the intervening years, I have become increasingly concerned that our political system is stacked against everyday Americans. Campaigns are too long. Money is too prevalent. Perhaps most importantly, the primary structure in most states forces candidates to adhere to political extremes to even get on the November ballot. There was a time when statesmen and stateswomen played key roles in policy decision-making. That time has passed. So, if I dwell on political system reform in this blog, it’s because I think systematic changes are a precursor to fixing many of these other issues.
My books are intended to draw attention to several issues through telling stories of what can happen if we stay on today’s paths. In order to make this book and future ones interesting, policy details are edited out. So this blog is a place to hash out solutions in an interactive discussion with readers and to try building interest in those solutions. Importantly, I’m focusing only on issues where I think both major political parties are unwilling to solve problems for fear of offending their bases. The first book addresses immigration, language mandate and political system reform, so I’ll start on these here as well. Other issues I plan to cover include health care and our legal system.