In my more cynical moments, I have a horrible suspicion that we our losing our capacity for major economic reform.

And by reform I mean the real stuff, the hard stuff that costs governments support and seats, the sort of reform that political realists roll their eyes at.  Some reform -- valuable reform -- is easier; usually it involves spending more money, either temporarily or even permanently.  Paid parental leave, for example -- a significant economic reform that will lift female workforce participation -- is an easier reform to sell to the community than, say, tax reform or removing industry protection, where the losers will raise hell.