It's broken. Our government, that is.
Paul Krugman thinks it comes from the dysfunctional political culture.
James Fallows points to the broken political system and the consequences for having essentially a gangrenous government that is sucking the life blood out of our country. But he notes that the dream of less government which the conservatives proclaim devolves into a Mad Max world where nothing works (including the private sector) and that is to be avoided.
Nevertheless we are at a terrible crossroads as it becomes evident that we no longer can solve our problems through our government.
A major reason our government is so bad today is the Senate and it's requirement to have 60 votes to do anything. One thing that makes the Senate so bad is the complete misallocation of power to the empty spaces in our country. The fact is that a Senator from a small state has significantly more power than our founders would have imagined. And then we have the entrenched interests that can buy themselves whatever they want. Which the Supreme Court made even worse last week.
Recognizing that our country and the form of government bequeathed to us has been so badly broken has been a source of profound sadness for me.