Several policy issues that have until now been swept under the rug are being brought into the open

Four problems

The Weekly Standard
by Irwin M. Stelzer


Suddenly, several policy issues that have until now been swept under the rug are being brought into the open: * With 11 million illegal immigrants scattered around the country, it has been difficult for politicians to close their eyes to the need for a more sensible policy, but close their eyes they have managed to do. * America's trade deficit is running at close to 7 percent of GDP, but policy makers have contented themselves with a few warnings to the Chinese about currency manipulation and theft of intellectual property, a lot of sound and fury, signifying policy paralysis. * Some 46 million Americans are without health insurance, but no politician has been willing to come to grips with what many see as an important problem, or with the rising cost of healthcare. * Gasoline prices are on the rise, with no energy policy in sight that can relieve the plight of America's motorists as they head into the driving season. And as if to ruin congressmen's Easter recess, all four divisive issues popped into the news just as the people's representatives headed home for an early start on their November election campaigns...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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