It finally happened: Paul Krugman actually wrote an opinion piece (TNT, 4-16) with which I agree. He very succinctly points out that there should be no difficulty for voters to decide which political party they will support, as they are so different in their basic philosophy of government and how it should affect our lives.
I have said for years that the proudly proclaimed "independents" are either totally apolitical, believing all politicians are the same, or are totally clueless and spend too much time watching MTV instead of the news or reading this fine daily.
Many of our elections shake out as about 40 percent liberal, 40 percent conservative and 20 percent uninformed swing voters who actually determine the outcome, making it a beauty contest.
One last thought about our system: Gridlock can be a wonderful thing, because if government can't do anything, it can't do anything to us!