Jonah, you are dead on. I have heard people of all persuasions lamenting the fact that we are so polarized as a nation- and why can't there be more compromise. Unfortunately, that's precisely what got us where we are. Hayak was correct in that we have been dragged further and further from our core principles in an effort to bring peace through compromise. We need more Republicans who will, rather than fight, just agree with Dems there is a problem but that it is a fight the states need to address. The one size fits all solutions that the federal government imposes do not work on minimum wage, schools, energy, social security or health care- just to name a few.