Christopher Buckley contributes a dash of realism:
Michael's idea is an admirable one, and my hat is off to him for trying to get us to focus, but let's get real: his dog ain't gonna hunt.
So many bright people come forward with good ideas--and nothing ever happens. And nothing will. In a 24/7 news cycle, with all the shrieking, howling voices and rapid-response and instant spinning and Soviet-style disinformation-mongering, a good idea has a shelf life of about, um, six seconds.
Meanwhile, we deficit bores will continue to go on ruining dinner parties. Nothing will happen--until we actually drive off the cliff. At which point we Boomers, or more likely, our successor Gens (X, Y, and Z?) will have their shot at becoming the Greatest Generation 2.0.