To our government: your ability to work together in the short term is an indication of your belief (or lack thereof) in yourselves and each other to work through the deeper elements of our challenges in the mid and longer term future. Remember, people rise to an occasion when they believe in a better tomorrow...do you?
The trick is to understand the variables, your situation, and the real end goal, and assess which variables are, or can be made stronger to make up for those variables that are weaker. The typical variables needed in an equation of solving systemic problems are:
Awareness, Time, money, intellect and/or skill, formal authority/power, desire, collaboration, and motivation or incentive.