US Senator John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, will deliver a speech tomorrow on how political gridlock and “overheated ideology” leaves America “increasingly less able" to address its problems, according to promotional material about the event.
Kerry’s speech, at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a Washington think tank, takes on new immediacy in the wake of the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords last weekend.
This is how the Center for American Progress Action Fund describes the event:
"As we embark on the second decade of the 21st century we cannot ignore the real danger that our political institutions are mired in gridlock, as overheated ideology and partisan infighting leave us increasingly less able to address the tremendous economic challenges that lie ahead. Every one of the domestic challenges that policymakers will be called upon to confront has global implications. While U.S. policymakers engage in political squabbles that are preventing progress, other countries are making deliberate policy choices to move their economies forward. The decisions we make now—or fail to make—when it comes to new energy sources, education, technology, research and development, deficits, debt, entitlements, and infrastructure will determine whether the United States will continue to lead the world—or be left scrambling to catch up and follow the lead of other nations. It is in short a question of whether this will be another ‘American’ century."
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