December 3, 2004
A close call
By Bill Kraus
The path to reform or major change of any kind is nine miles of hard road.
There are two major obstacles to change.
The first is the status quo. The status quo is always at least a two-touchdown favorite. It is not there by accident. Somebody put it there, and that somebody is still around ready to defend it to the death. And the increasingly invincible incumbents whose votes are needed to overturn it got where they are because of a status quo that is important or that is believed to be important to their continued success.
The other formidable barrier to change is contained in the arguments of the my-way-all-the-way-purists who want the clearly unachievable and want it immediately. Like true believers everywhere, they are not open to compromise, nor even discussion in too many cases.
It's a close call, but I'll take the defenders over the purists every time.
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