Wait a minute, before the inauguration and the new cabinet is fully nominated, let’s calibrate the priorities under which President Obama received the mandate to move forward. On my list are:
- Nation secured economically - 100%
- Nation has a sustainable economy - 100%
- Nation secured militarily - 100%
- Homeland secured from terrorists - 100%
- Employment opportunities for all who can work - 100%
- Upward mobility for all who are prepared commensurate with ability - 100%
- All persons provided minimal sustainment as a baseline to start - 100%
- Social security assured for all persons - 100%
- Clean air and water - 100%
- Best education in the world - #1
- Freest nation in the world - #1
- Lowest crime rate in the world - #1 in least crime per capita
Now, Jim Messina, Campaign Manager who is still managing as if the campaign is still in force, said that the President is addressing three things:
- Climate change
- Gun violence
How do these things align with my list?
Immigration is a complex subject that cuts across different categories: Homeland Security, and Sustainable Economy. If America isn’t producing sufficient GDP to care for its current population, adding more immigrants to the burden will not solve the problem. If one aspect of sustainable economics is to optimize the ratio of people to resources, then adding more people doesn’t cut it. Keep “bad guys” out is essential too. Nonetheless, immigration is a good subject at the top of the list, in context with resolving the debt and deficit that remains unsolved.
By the way, what happened to “jobs”?
Climate change is esoteric sounding unless it is addressed in the context of economic sustainability and “jobs”.
Gun violence is also complex in that guns in the hands of sick persons results in violence. Battlefield weaponry in the hands of citizens is a bad idea that results in death by crime and accident. So, addressing guns for safety sake and to improve the nation’s crime rate is a good thing, of course.
Now, what about all of the other things on the list?
“As the "fiscal cliff" debate raged on, supporters like you were right there with President Obama, making sure your voices were heard from all over the country. When we work together like that, we're a powerful force.
Issues like immigration, climate change, and gun violence will be debated over these next four years, and President Obama is ready to take them on -- but he needs us by his side. Our goal is to help him get things done, but also to help change how things get done in Washington in the first place.
Over inauguration weekend, you'll have a chance to participate in a discussion about how we'll work together to support our president and address the issues we all care about. Some volunteers and staff will be gathering in Washington, D.C., and will be joined online by thousands more supporters nationwide for the Obama Campaign Legacy Conference, where we'll firm up the structure and leadership of the new organization.”
Jim Messina, Campaign Manager, Obama for America