Here’s an example of why the American political system is in trouble.  It’s an advertisement that the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee will apparently be running in Nevada against Senator Harry Reid in a first salvo against the Senate Majority Leader in his 2010 Senate re-election bid.  I’m no fan of Senator Reid.  He is overly partisan and part of the reason our system isn’t working, but this is an irresponsible and disgusting advertisement.  Most economists think the country needs a stimulus bill that is large, probably approaching $1 trillion.  One can criticize, as I have, the precise terms of the stimulus, but a categorical indictment of anyone who votes for the stimulus bill is not right.