When did the Congress become accused of frivolous intent? No one is bankrupt from lack of broccoli, and our representatives intended to remedy grievous damage done to millions of citizens because of medical costs/coverage (unique market/industry much?). Why would licensing (familiar example) present a fearsome threat to personal sovereignty when we operate as medical "vehicles"; or do all tolls, fees, charges and levies violate personal immunity from any "governmental" intercession (libertarianism prevail?)? The problem of afford-ability (a big pool) with respect to a uniquely burdensome and unavoidable cost as well as national standards and practices is surely of serious concern, I think, regardless of some fanatic fringe that finds civic responsibility an affront to their selfish privilege. Politically, it may be an easier case to accuse the political right of taking away good things (Affordable Care) from the public at large by the irresponsible (1%) few - the task is not yet done (yes we can still have...).

I am exasperated from hearing that social welfare programs (heavy a tax burden as they may be) somehow brought down European economies, when it was the same financial-ization that we had to cover with government guarantees (TARP) and loans (Detroit). There is no good reason for "austerity", I argue. There should, in my opinion, be more serious discussion had about the various exciting alternatives/opportunities that present themselves to re-engineer our formidable economic/industrial machine to operate "efficiently" in these transitional circumstances.

Young people (Trayvon), Latinos (immigration reform), women (Republican legislative over-reach), civil rights (anti-poverty initiatives), fairness (99%), no moderately conservative message on the right but too much so on the left (if you ask me), as well as recovering economy bode well for a re-election, I say.

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