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The New Center seeks volunteers

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On the domestic front, inclusiveness means helping people not only get jobs but relocate to where the jobs are. Greater equality also means taxing all income equally, including profits from capital gains and dividends.

One of the group's more ambitious ideas, which also has been suggested by Republicans on Capitol Hill, combines tax reform with infrastructure. Suffice to say, tax reforms that beckon American businesses to return to the U.S. would not only create jobs but also produce income to pay for infrastructure, which would beget more jobs and more income, thus stimulating the larger economy.

President Obama leaned -- and Trump is leaning -- favorably toward this idea, which smacks of something like cooperation. Problem-solving, said Blair, needs to be seen again as "winning" and cooperation should be rightfully understood as a powerful force.

But, I asked, can centrism really become a movement? Does it need a party?

Said Lieberman: "There's nothing in the Constitution that says we have to have a two-party system. We can do whatever we want."

Indeed, we can.

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Kathleen Parker's email address is kathleenparker@washpost.com.

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