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Mike Bloomberg offers a solution for fixing America, that's obviously occurred to no one:


He attacked the "ideologues on the left" for clinging to the belief that taxing and spending can restore prosperity and for holding a government-knows-best approach to creating jobs. He attacked "ideologues on the right" for entrusting all faith in the free market and writing off any significant role for government in shaping the environment in which the economy can flourish. 

"For New York City to continue our growth, we need our federal and state governments to chart a middle way - between a government that would wash its hands of the problem and one that seeks to supplant the private sector; between a government that would stand on the sidelines and one that would take over the game," he said in Brooklyn on Wednesday morning, according to a text of his prepared remarks. 

Bloomberg identified the symptoms of dysfunctional politics: partisan gridlock, political pandering, legislative influence peddling, finger-pointing, blame games and endless attacks. Democrats, he said, lost the 2010 elections for the same reasons Republicans lost in 2006 and 2008. They "spent more time and energy conducting partisan warfare than forging centrist solutions to our toughest economic problems..."

Ahh yes the dastardly politics of division with its "influence peddling, finger-pointing, blame games and endless attacks." Everything is wrong with Washington, except the actual people who it represents. 

No time for the messy work of organizing. voter-driving, coalition building, or lobbying.It's true America has a democracy. But it really should be prettier, don't you think?
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