I'm reading a book now called "Do Not Ask What We Do" about selected tax cutters & their foes. Boring to start with but turns into an interesting read.
What it really boils down to is - No one wants to be the 1st to propose something as they will pay the price - & everyone wants to be reelected .
At the same time I am reading a CATO book about the problems in SS circa 1983 data. Those who are opposed to private accounts in SS should read it.
There are lots of good sensible proposals out there, no one wants to be the front man.