I saw this prior to the election. To be honest, I am not sure where I was going to go with this. The New York Times is supposed to be a "liberal" paper, but is extremely status quo (a supposedly conservative attribute) much of the time. However, they do seem to be taking a stab at the notion that all is not well, and that there may not be a simple political fix.
David Leonhardt, New York Times, 23 October 2012 (not ht)