Was the topic of one segment of Brian Lehrer show (WNYC, NYC’s public radio station) this morning, but somehow WNYC website didn’t set up the discussion area - but anyway.
Jodi Kantor of The New York Times on the President’s second term; and a close look at how design and engineering could provide solutions for rising tides and storm surges in the future.
I’d say (without much thinking or checking) 2 thing.
Education (overhaul, reform), but not Lefty push but more focused on
- Real great international comparison (create a team to run this comparison to report back, with website setup which is accessible for public and discussion)
- Securing America’s Sci/Tech/Entrepreneurism (with good number crunch)
- With attention to the issue of red states and some wicked social conservative elements, and post-industrial America situations
- So that America creates education system which ‘updates itself’ and - also secure good job/career prospects for (all?) Americans
- (Could have also like what went so wrong? kind of checks too.)
On this, he could push ‘manic’ for 2-3 years and see how it’s going. If it looks like failure, correct on what needs to be corrected.
Then 2nd is:
- Financial regulation (Splitting retail and investment banking - ‘Too big to fail’ issue - UK’s Sir Mervyn King, and Gordon Brown and others. )
- I don’t know how this’d look really in USA. But some number crunching may be possible to see how it’d affect - whether it’d improve the situation for middle class or otherwise.
Something about the way American economy esp financial sector is going - though that may require more global take - (EU taking too long to really come out from its crisis - why? How are these relevant or irrelevant?: Separating retail and investment banking, and austerity policy).