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Here's the puzzle: A country that is angry at "government" or "Washington" will have difficulty fixing problems that result from the breakdown of public services caused by underfunding, incompetence and the predominance of private "special" interests over the public interest. What's needed isn't less government, but better government – which costs money and requires good leadership.The deep anti-government hostility of the modern Republican Party is part of the problem.Congress meddles with the federal agencies rather than passing legislation to solve problems. The Pew Research Center estimates that the share of household income going to middle-class families fell from 62 percent in 1970 to 43 percent in 2014, while the share for upper-income families rose from 29 percent to 49 percent.Trump gives an angry America someone to blame: Muslims, Mexicans, government bureaucrats, free trade negotiators, politicians, journalists. But he doesn't begin to address the real problem of how to fix America's political decay.
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