A pot lid fell from the cabinet and crashed onto the stove.

The problem was simple; I’d reached for a pot and, as is usually the case when I try to do something simple, it was loud and destructive.

The lid landed on a ceramic spoon holder my Mom had used for years and broke it into two angry ... well, not as much angry as offended ... looking pieces.

“What happened?” The Boy asked.

I jumped. He was standing next to me and I hadn’t realized it, although I should be used to not being alone. In a house with young children someone is always standing next to you.

“I broke Grandma’s spoon holder,” I told him, holding up the parts.

The Boy thought for a moment.

“Hey, Dad, I’ve got an idea,” he said. At 4, he is full of ideas. “Why don’t you go to the store, buy another one and don’t break it.”

“Thanks, son,” I said, smiling as I patted him on the head on my way to the junk drawer to look for Super Glue. But what he said was pretty smart for a 4-year-old.

There are times when The Boy says things I don’t understand, like, “this thing goes with that thing, not that thing,” in response to, “why did you hit your sister?” But “buy another one and don’t break it” was a nice display of 4-year-old logic that, if properly applied, could bring our country out of economic, political and social turmoil.

Faceless Government Minion: Millions of people are defaulting on their home loans, their car loans and their credit card bills. What should we do about this economic crisis?

The Boy: If you do an extra chore, you get 50 cents. If you do a lot of extra chores, you get to buy something. I got a SpongeBob shirt.

Faceless Government Minion: The Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan, North Korea is threatening to launch missiles, and Iran is preparing to become a nuclear power. How will we respond to these grave threats to our national security?

The Boy: Don’t go out of the yard. Don’t go in the street. Stay away from dogs you don’t know. Don’t talk to strangers. Hi, Mailman.

Faceless Government Minion: The breakdown of the nuclear family, the rise of single parents, divorce rates skyrocketing. How should we, as Americans, react to this social meltdown?

The Boy: Mommy reads me books. I help Daddy cook. My sister knocks over my train set and if I hit her I have to say, ‘I’m sorry.’ and give her a hug.

I think The Boy has a future in government. Heck, maybe on the Supreme Court, or at least a presidential cabinet position. In a lot of these cases a preschooler’s an upgrade. I’ll make a few calls.