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Over the last few of years I've watched the increasingly divisive public commentary on current events, politics, and politicians and I can't help but wonder how we got here. To me the constant, strident exchange of insults and sound bites is pointless at best. But it also tends to drown out any reasoned analysis or debate of the pros and cons of real decisions that have to be made.

I think that this is dangerous. In my opinion there are no simple or obvious solutions to difficult problems, and while the media and politicians focus the public debate on sound bites, the policies that are actually implemented are usually complex, poorly understood, and many times result in unintended consequences.

The idea of this site is to encourage a civil discussion of issues and potential solutions, including the real differences between candidates during the upcoming presidential campaign.

As moderator I won't tolerate attacks. If you disagree with a person or opinion on this site you're expected to provide a reasoned response based on logic and verifiable data.

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