These would be my priorities for the President:
1) Bring home our troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq as soon as possible.
2) Achieve sensible immigration reform that recognizes the need for immigrant labor without overly neglecting border security
3) Reduce the deficit
4) Reduce foreign energy dependence
This is only opinion, to be sure.
My hopes for the future in terms of this Administration include several wishes.
First, I wish the President would work toward greater cooperation between parties. The current divisiveness is unpleasant and counterproductive. I'd like to say things were not getting done, but plenty of laws have been passed and actions have been taken, though most were the result of one party approving and one party disapproving. I would prefer a more balanced approach.
Second, I'm glad the President has been more prudent (some would say slower) in bringing home the troops. Not that I want any more of our nation's finest to be away from home any longer than necessary, but I do feel as he has tempered his zeal for troop withdrawal while still moving us toward that goal.
Third, I want this kind of waiting period before the health care plan is fully connected to be used to make it better. That needs to be done, and I'm confident it can be with judicious Administrative and Congressional cooperation.
Fourth, I'm hoping for some relief for the border states as well as enforcement of current immigration law. It just seems to me their proximity to the border places them in a position of hardship as they try to balance services with compassion, something most of the country, including me. doesn't see and doesn't fully understand.
Finally, I would like the President to spend his time and energies in America. For a time it seemed as if he were on a bit of a world tour; I'd prefer he stay here and minimize his travels in hopes of bolstering Americans and America's economy. I'm not advocating protectionism, as I know we're ultimately connected to the rest of the world; however, I would like to feel as if America is truly the priority.
Interestingly enough, I'd be willing to bet there are those who would want everything opposite of what I want--more partisanship, quicker troop withdrawals, no change at all to the health care plan, less concern about the borders and the issues of the border states, and plenty of worldwide exposure.
For me, I hope that the Obama administration will do the following things in however much time it has left:
- Figure out some way to either move towards victory in Afghanistan or get us out of there.
- Manage to get the budget under control. There needs to be some serious effort made to bring spending under control and that cannot be done unless there is reform of entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare.
- Do more to actually rein in health care costs.
I imagine that most people are concerned with the economy. I, however, do not really believe that the government can do all that much about it and so I do not realistically think that the administration can do much to get the economy back on track.
I think Obama is also in the clutches of the establishment. If he repeats the same mistakes as had been made by Bush then he will fail too but if he learns lesson and does not become a puppet in the hands of establishment then he might accomplish.