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America Needs to Clean Up, Hit the Books, and Go on a Diet
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America Needs to Clean Up, Hit the Books, and Go on a Diet

Nina Hachigian outlines what the United States needs to do to remain a global leader in CNN World.

America has to do three things to get back on track: clean our house, hit the books, and go on a diet.

1. Clean our house: Our generally laudable political system is a mess. Because of procedural loopholes, most prominently the increasing use of the filibuster it now takes 66 percent of the Senate to get anything done. This is way too high a bar in a country so closely divided on partisan lines. Tell your representatives to reform the rules so a majority can make some big decisions. If they make bad decisions, fine, we can throw them out at the next election. But at this point, trying some bold fixes is better than further gridlock.

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Nina Hachigian

Senior Fellow