Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times warned recently that "if our elites do not behave with a greater sense of the common good, we could find our economy doing a double dip with a back flip."

"We badly need leaders inspired by sustainable values," Friedman wrote, "not situational ones. Without that, we’ll just be digging our hole deeper and making the reckoning, when it comes, that much more ferocious."

Read his recent op-ed and consider how his thoughts on the national debate might be useful for Maryland's elected leadership.

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