My sanest friends are usually those who spend their time far away from the world of politics. Their main concerns are their wives or husbands, girlfriends or boyfriends, kids, family, and everything but the ongoing mischief in Washington. I think this is quite normal. Some talk radio hosts and conservative pundits constantly criticize Americans who aren't politically engaged. Not me. In fact, I often feel like joining them. Some of these sane friends have asked me in the past, "Why are you so into politics, Jack? Nothing ever changes." They're certainly not wrong in their assessment. For all the debating and bickering that constitutes American political discourse, things stay the same far more than they change — except that the status quo always seems to get progressively worse. Whether Republicans or Democrats are in charge, the debt balloons, deficits grow, and everyone promises to do something about the whole mess. And no one ever does.
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