As I write this column, Election Day is a week away, Hurricane Sandy has devastated large parts of the Northeast, and the critical legislative issues that have to be addressed before the end of the year have been left for action in a lame duck session of Congress. As you read this column, the elections and lame duck session will be behind us, and the stage will have been set for our newly elected president and Congress to identify, prioritize, and then address the domestic and international challenges facing the nation. The question of the day will be whether they are up to the task or whether gridlock and inaction will continue to leave us at the mercy of events beyond our control.
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