By now, if you've read any of my posts, you know that I lean more to the left than the right. My concern is primarily the polarization (worse than ever) over what should be a middle ground in these trying financial times. I'm a fiscal conservative who also believes that humanity trumps ideology. That said, billions have already been spent which favor corporate and individual wealth while the middle- and lower-classes have been stuck in neutral. There is much room for redistributing some of the vast government subsidies in favor of domestic programs that have far too long been put on the back burner. To me, it's a matter of fairness, rather than a "redistribution" of wealth, as Republicans claim as their #1 talking point. The huge investment in social programs proposed by Obama should not be seen as money down the drain creating nothing but enormous deficits with no benefits to our society. He won't get all he wants; he knows that. But unless priorities such as health care, education and energy are put out there within his first year in office, they all will once again be 86'd as "something we'll worry about later, when we have the money." Well guess what, folks. We'll NEVER have the CASH in the Treasury, but eventually government investment in these vital areas will prove to be worth the deficit spending at the outset. We can't be a player on the world stage in the 21st Century lagging behind in those crucial areas.