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Why can't Washington make a layup?

March 16, 2012
Before you duck out of work early today to soak up one of the best sports days of the year - a 12-hour slate of NCAA Tournament hoops - take a moment to ponder one of the most frustration questions in America today: Why can't lawmakers in Washington make layups anymore? 

(FYI, we're going to bust out more than a few sports metaphors between now and November. Plus pop culture, classic literature, maybe some Norse mythology.... Anyway, there will be metaphors. Back to the layups.)

What we mean by that is, Congress and President Obama can't agree on the easy stuff - bills that would make widely popular changes that a wide swath of experts agree would do a lot of good for the country. For example, why can't they reform the country's immigration system to allow us to import more high-skilled, highly educated, foreign entrepreneurs who would like to start companies and create jobs?

That's the subject of the first Restoration Calls magazine cover story, by the dynamite trio of Fawn Johnson, Beth Reinhard and Chris Frates. It's the tale of two British-born whiz kids with a hot education startup, and of a Congress too dysfunctional to do anything to keep those whiz kids in America.

As they write: 

At a time when Democrats and Republicans can't seem to agree on anything, welcoming highly skilled workers ... is one rare area of consensus. "You've got incredibly talented people who want to start businesses in this country or to work in this country, and we should want those folks here in the United States," President Obama said just last week. "I'd staple a green card to the diploma of anybody who's got a degree in math, science, a master's degree, Ph.D. We want those brains in our country," Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential front-runner, said on the campaign trail last year. 

And yet Washington can't get that - or a host of other popular, productive things - done. Why? And how do we, the people, change that? 

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