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Agreed.  Furthermore, proposing comprehensive, effective solutions to the problems you discuss would be political suicide in the current climate.  He will not only have to be driven to fundamental change, he will have to be seen to have been driven to such solutions by the force of events.  If he can accomplish a few effective changes, his charisma will enable him to do more.

Perhaps the best solution to the health care mess would be to establish an optional government run system as an expansion of Medicare and then enact rules for the behavior of insurance companies, such as taking all comers, disallowing increased premiums based on existing conditions, etc.  With vigorous enforcement of such rules insurance companies would cease to be parasites on the system and most would exit the field.  The noxious blabberers would likely be highly disappointed by a competitive market run according to rules favorable to the public and the consumer.

Solutions to energy and transportation could be rolled together as The National Security Power and Electric Railway Program, like Ike's 50s interstate highway program.  Arguments by neo-cons for redeployment of US overseas forces could be adapted to arguments for their being brought home.  The effect of a large military on the overall economy is far less when it is at home.  Then it could be scaled down.  Both steps could be correctly sold as necessary steps to preserve the economic strength on which US military might rests.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 14th, 2008 at 04:01:03 PM EST
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