Fox News’ big announcement that “the honeymoon is over” with President Obama and the American public who elected him assumes that everyone who voted for him expected him to miraculously bring resolution to all of his campaign promises. This is not the case. There are many groups who were disappointed that their particular grievances against the last administration wasn’t priority one with this administration. But there are also those of us who expected a rational attack on the problems which plague the most people.
The economy continues to suffer and the cure although obvious would not be very popular, especially among the banking community. Deregulation had been forced upon an unsuspecting public who had not paid attention in history class when their teacher covered the Great Depression. These regulations were the safeguards put in place by previous administrations to prevent a repeat of the massive bank failures that led to the economic collapse of the time. Their removal and the later unregulated misbehavior of the banks are what led to our current economic crisis.
Health care and the lack of it by a large part of our citizens is another pressing issue. among industrialized nations we are a sad example of callousness toward our own citizens. We may have the best medical schools in the world, and as a result the best doctors, but they are of little use if no one has access. And then there is also the lack of portability; most health insurance plans take exception if you end up hospitalized outside of their service area. Live in Arizona, insured in Arizona, then don’t end up in a hospital in Kentucky because you aren’t covered – unless you are on Medicare.
When the big issues have been settled, then it will be time to deal with the smaller ones. When peoples’ money and health are secured, it will be easier to press the administration on issues that must still be dealt with.