In all aspects of life it seems more comfortable to stick with the status quo than to try to implement any sort of change. People don’t like change, particularly if they don’t see any short term benefit from such change, or if the current behavior/policy benefits them in some positive way. I think committees and task forces are a good idea, but they can turn out to be just what you mention – simply a reassurance to the public, especially if those who are supposed to make decisions cannot come to any sort of consensus (Super Committee, anyone?)
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