I had to catch a train in Washington last week. The paved street in the traffic circle around Union Station was in such poor condition that I felt as though I was on a roller coaster. I traveled on the Amtrak Acela, our sorry excuse for a fast train, on which I had so many dropped calls on my cellphone that you’d have thought I was on a remote desert island, not traveling from Washington to New York City. When I got back to Union Station, the escalator in the parking garage was broken. Maybe you’ve gotten used to all this and have stopped noticing. I haven’t. Our country needs a renewal.

 

 And that is why I still hope Michael Bloomberg will reconsider running for president as an independent candidate, if only to participate in the presidential debates and give our two-party system the shock it needs.

 

 (Our Draft Michael Bloomberg Committee urge Michael Bloomberg to run as a Green Party candidate) read more of Mr. Friedman's pro Bloomberg - pro rail article at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/18/opinion/friedman-one-for-the-country.html?_r=1