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Tea Leaf: Wouldn't it be nice if …

Published: Wednesday, March 21 2012 3:16 p.m. MDT

Wouldn't it be nice if …

Those seeking the presidency would discuss critical issues facing the American people instead of so many side issues.

European political leaders would finally and fully address the continent’s sovereign debt challenges.

We weren’t running a federal budget deficit this year of $160,000,000 every 60 minutes.

Men and women were from the same planet.

Members of Congress had to participate in the same health care program as the one being dumped on the American people.

We actually got serious about U.S. energy independence with a program geared to 1) conservation, 2) alternative sources of energy, 3) access to much more oil and natural gas in Alaska and on the continental shelf and 4) developing massive deposits of oil shale and shale gas across the nation.

Wall Street “high rollers” had greater legal and financial accountability for the financial market abuses of recent years.

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. There's a big difference!)

We would hear more about solid Mexican economic growth instead of just cartel violence.

Johnny Carson was still king of late-night television.

Our 401(k) balances would continue to rebound nicely in coming years.

The administration would stop talking about being “pro-business” and actually 1) promote pro-business policies and 2) remove anti-business initiatives that dominate its agenda.

Our kids spent more time playing outside instead of being online inside.

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

The Kardashians were never heard from again.

“Government” would recognize that it is there to serve the people and not the other way around.

There was a stronger collective effort to improve opportunities in America’s inner cities.

High-quality teachers were paid better while poor teachers were weeded out.

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.

We could benefit more from years of practical business experience of millions of retirees rather than simply “putting them out to pasture.”

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.

Your garbage disposal didn’t eat better than two-thirds of the world’s population.

Some of the mind-boggling research advancements in energy production and alternative energy more rapidly made their way into the economy.

Drive-by shootings were replaced by drive-by moonings.

American corporate and consumer confidence would rise solidly in coming months.

“Nature” was much less destructive.

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.

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