President Obama has inherited the biggest financial problems since President Roosevelt in 1933. I do see hope for our country and for the Obama administration because the president is looking at the big and long-term picture. His priorities of health care, energy and education are right on target.
As the son of a U.S. Navy career man, and having served on active duty myself, I know the benefits of military or national medicine. In my professional career, I always was able to have employer-provided family health insurance, 12 years of civilian federal service showed me the economic advantage of "nationalized" private insurance. The majority of those who argue against universal health care have private health care. Every American deserves and should have affordable public or private health care.
Alternative energy and energy conservation needs to be a priority. We need a national defense energy policy. We do not need the Army and Marines to guard the wellhead for Exxon Mobile or BP. The Arabs and the Russians cannot eat or drink their oil; they must sell it. When we develop more alternative energy, we will be smart-er, safer and stronger.
Education, Obama's third priority, is understandable to all. An educated, healthy, productive nation can compete globally.
There is much talk of war on terror, drugs, etc. If this is war, look to World War II where all Americans had to sacrifice. Rationed gasoline, victory gardens, recycled everything, higher taxes. It is time that we got behind the president, bought U.S. savings bonds, grew a victory garden, reduced our driving and even encouraged Congress to raise taxes by 1 percentage point.
We do not want to pass this on to our kids or grandkids, so let's get serious, support the president and his proposed budget.
Raymond P. Finney, Pagosa Springs