Is democracy inherently bad at articulating large policy objectives?
Presidents have had wars on poverty, drugs, and terrorism. They have tried to "save Social Security" and "end welfare as we know it."
In addition to fighting a "global war on terror," the current administration likes to strengthen government programs. According to the White House Web site's "issues" pages, President George W. Bush is "strengthening" Social Security, Medicare, health care, small business, and early childhood learning.
But do Americans know what these policies are? More importantly, do they even care? Many experts argue that American policy-making has become a hodgepodge of catch phrases and umbrella po...