Social Security is in fiscal trouble.
Medicare and Medicaid are in even more fiscal trouble.
Korea is flexing its nuclear war muscles with a reckless, inexperienced leader.
The full story on the Benghazi attack that left an American ambassador and three others dead will probably never be told.
The national debt is out of control.
And the political divide in Washington is wider than ever.
That's the daily scene in the nation's capital that Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican who represents much of the region, described during an editorial board visit to the Sun-Gazette last week.
The good news is that there are solutions to all of the problems above, according to Marino.
The Keystone Pipeline could be constructed Marino predicts it will be approved before summer creating thousands of jobs and improving the nation's oil inventory.
The nation, which is 65 percent dependent on foreign oil, could be energy independent in 10 years with pragmatic development of natural gas, oil and other alternative sources, according to Marino.
That energy independence would, in turn, improve the nation's foreign relations position, according to Marino, who is on the House Foreign Relations Committee. It also would drop the cost of energy significantly for all Americans, Marino believes.
The House has a budget plan that would turn the nation's debt toward reduction within the next 10 years, but it will be hard to execute unless President Obama's health care plan is rejected, Marino said.
The country simply can't afford Obamacare. It's not as if no health care changes are necessary. Health care should not be denied for people with pre-existing conditions and health insurance should be available for purchase across state lines, according to Marino.
But other parts are so unaffordable that the president has to seek more revenues to pay for it.
There are solutions to all of these problems and Marino readily concedes the debt in particular is as much the fault of Republicans as Democrats.
Marino says the solutions will come when the game plan of too many elected officials gain re-election, gain party control and maintain party control is dropped and the childish bickering is curtailed in favor of a bipartisan drive toward pragmatic solutions is pursue.
Sounds reasonable to us.