Re: How to fix the patent process
"The solution is to force the PO to pay 1/2 of the attorney costs of the winner if a patent is invalidated."
No it bleedin' well isn't! The PO isn't some private company. Those costs would be paid by taxpayers, not by lazy (or more likely overworked) examiners, so you haven't provided any incentive for them to do a better job.
The solution might be something that makes it unattractive to try to patent obvious stuff, without putting off real inventors who have an idea that is "reasonable, but not (as it turns out) patentable". (Suggestion: a large deposit enclosed with your application that you might not get back if the examiner decided you were taking the piss.)