Tea Leaf: Wouldn't it be nice if ...

Published: Tuesday, March 1 2011 1:00 p.m. MST

… history-making developments across the Middle East and northern Africa would eventually lead to democracy and freedom for tens of millions of people long denied?

… our 401(k) balances would continue to rebound nicely in coming years?

… American companies would begin hiring again in a big way?

… Wall Street "high rollers" had greater legal and financial accountability for the financial market abuses of recent years?

… some of the mind-boggling research advancements in energy production and alternative energy more rapidly made their way into the economy?

… the game of politics in Washington, D.C., involved a little more cooperation and a little less confrontation?

… we didn't have a $14,000,000,000,000 gross national debt?

… "far left" liberals and "far right" conservatives would back off a bit?

… high-quality teachers were paid better while poor teachers were weeded out?

… "nature" was much less destructive?

… the Congress and the administration would get serious about reining in the growth rate of entitlement programs in coming years? (Note: In regard to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, we do not have to cut spending. We have to slow down the growth rate of future spending. BIG difference!)

… we would all get more involved in enriching the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves?

… we could benefit more from years of practical business experience of millions of retirees, rather than simply "putting them out to pasture"?

… we weren't running a federal budget deficit this year of $180,000,000 every 60 minutes?

… the Osbournes were never heard from again?

… the Federal Reserve's eventual attempt to unwind unprecedented monetary stimulus would be successful, with inflation staying under control?

… fewer people were killed each and every year in the name of "religion"?

… our illustrious congressional representatives actually knew what was in various bills they voted on?

… the violence and language in today's movies could be toned down a bit?

… your garbage disposal didn't eat better than two-thirds of the world's population?

… drive-by shootings were replaced by drive-by moonings?

… American corporate and consumer confidence would rise solidly in coming months?

… the administration would stop talking about being "pro-business" and actually a) promote pro-business policies, and b) remove anti-business initiatives that dominate its agenda?

… men and women were from the same planet?

… America's silent majority (our parents and grandparents) received greater respect for the enormous wartime sacrifices they made to help protect the freedoms we all enjoy today?

… our kids realized sooner that Mom and Dad might actually know what they are talking about?

… Charlie Sheen would get it together before it's too late?

… members of Congress had to participate in the same health care program as the one being dumped on the American people?

… the nation's tobacco companies would leave our kids alone?

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