Let’s Fix This Mess
By Molly Ivins
Thursday 20 October 2005
Austin, Texas – I have been collecting material for a series of columns on the peppy topic, “How Do We Fix This Mess?” The news is dandy in that there are a lot of a sound ideas being passed around. Really serious messes, like the one this country is in, do not, in my experience, have simple, definitive solutions. And if they do, such solutions are politically impossible. We are looking for progress, not perfection, so anyone who tells you the entire tax code should fit on a postcard is a bona fide, certified, chicken-fried moron.
But listening to the Democratic debate on what to do now, it seems to me some of the brethren and sistren are asking the wrong questions. The question is not, “How Do We Win?” That’s a technical question that comes after, “What the Hell Can We Do About This Disaster?”