I am hoping to be able to package my version of the housing story for a broader audience. I think there are reasons for optimism here. People like Matthew Yglesias share the opinion that housing supply is an important problem. Today, Paul Krugman also has a blog post that expresses solidarity (HT:EV) on this issue. It is always tempting to be divisive and partisan. I think the challenge here will be to be radically empathetic, because I think there is a plurality of intelligent people that can recognize the problem if they don't see it as a challenge to their political identity.
I think that if we can solve this problem, we will find that many of the issues we all disagree about will diminish. To the extent that these are significant issues, the housing supply problem is at the core of the problems of income inequality, high costs, and middle class stagnation. The solution to this problem is a symbiosis of removing both our supply-side and our demand-side obstacles. At the heart of the American competitive advantage is that all of the political factions in American politics have one hand on the ideal of liberalism. Where we can remove political obstacles to progress and equity, all of those factions can view that change as a victory. This can be a big tent. It has to be a big tent if we are going to overcome the forces of inertia and economic misunderstanding.