President Obama’s reelection holds the possibility of great progress for public health, safety, and the environment — if, and only if, he recognizes the importance of these issues and stops trying to placate his most implacable opponents.
The GOP's attack on regulation is part of a larger attempt to discredit the idea that government can play a positive role in people's lives. That attack is itself based on a fantasy -- that in the absence of government, human action would yield generally optimal outcomes for society as a whole.
In the same way that candidates in the 2008 race had to declare that, like Obama, they were for change, today everyone is for reform of our financial system. But the question is: are we going to get real reform or are we going to get the DC version of "reform"?
The McCain campaign now claims that when McCain said "the fundamentals of the economy are strong" he was actually talking about American workers. If you believe that, I've got some ad time to sell you.