Hopes and dreams come in fits and starts. That will be part of the Obama legacy story.
Desperate times take desperate measures. Bailing out the American economy was a bold move. What was Obama thinking?
He had to do something to counteract these things (See the annotated list):
Aggressive American foreign policy that the nation could not afford.
Being the global police driven
Capitalist greed and stinginess that the nation could not afford.
Economic calamities created by corporations and wealthy persons that the nation could not afford.
Environmental abuse that the nation and world could not afford.
Social injustice and inequality that the nation could not afford.
Trivial is news that Obamacare enrollments are 3 million short of the defined goal at this point. Given that the Republicans did everything that they could to undermine Obamacare, and combine that with incompetent system design and development, and who would believe that it would be this close to working.
Obamacare is a working system, even without mandates. Given the mandates, it would likely be even better in terms of signups. Both carrot and stick are needed to balance the consequences.
Obamacare is an experiment to readdress how we fund healthcare in America. Citizens had better hope that it works, because if it doesn’t the GOP has no better solution.
“Pressure rises as ObamaCare nears enrollment deadline By Elise Viebeck
The administration hoped to enroll 7 million people in private plans during the reform's first year, but that became all but impossible after the botched launch of HealthCare.gov.
Now, with 4 million people signed up as of this week, officials are counting on a final pre-deadline rush to bolster the exchanges and raise morale among vulnerable Democrats already exhausted by ObamaCare attacks.
It's a heavy lift between clamoring Republicans and a public that's in the dark.
Under normal circumstances, the administration could expect most uninsured patients to register for health plans right before the deadline on March 31.”
1. Aggressive American foreign policy that the nation could not afford.
Ill conceived an intervention puts America into war without a timely outcome and exit strategy. Our historical record is persistent with costly mistakes and without return on costs. Iraq and Afghanistan are notable recent examples.
2. Being the global police something we cannot afford
Even when the purpose is noble such as championing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we cannot do it alone. Collaboration with allies is essential.
3. Capitalist greed and stinginess that the nation could not afford.
The skewed wealth and concentration of power into the hands of a few is predicable and inevitable in capitalist economies. We have reached a limit in which social and environmental responsibility have been sacrificed at the expense of the Middle Class and poor.
4. Economic calamities created by corporations and wealthy persons that the nation could not afford.
The wealthy and corporations have been helped and bailed out to the extent that the nation is starved for revenue while people are desperate for assistance. The private sector is failing to deliver essential opportunity.
5. Environmental abuse that the nation and world could not afford.
Clean air and water are all but gone. The global population is stressing the earth beyond the tipping point. Life is not sustainable as it is. Intervention is a necessity.
6. Social injustice and inequality that the nation could not afford
Essential is to address immigration reform. Essential is to end discrimination and inequality in America at once. Essential is to eliminate poverty and to create a sustainable economy at once.