Wow!! I thought I was reading the NY_TIMES not the EE_TIMES!!! This is most fluffy, feel good article that I have seen in a while. So, inspire the country huh? If you can get people interested enough to turn off the video games and wide-screens and READ and think, you might have a chance. But in the world of sound-bite (BYTE?) driven messages that are almost completely content free, what makes anyone think that this is possible? Unfortunately, the average American doesnt understand much of anything. The years of neglect to the education system has left us with a workforce and a populous that is ill-prepared to deal with almost any important and complicated issue. Basic math skills could have allowed homeowners to UNDERSTAND that interest rate increases could bankrupt them if the chose to select ARMs. And maybe they could also understand the time value of money and the importance of compounding, thus increasing the desire to SAVE at an early date. Do you think they teach these things in high school???? And how about some basic SCIENCE knowledge for the general population? Wouldnt it be great if our leaders and a fraction of the country really understood the Ethanol fiasco? What will be next? What brave new politician will stand up and tell us the we need to cough up 700B to save a financial system that was imploded by greedy and clever individuals that government workers will never be able to "outsmart?
The best and brightest dont go into government work, and the best and brightest dont elect those that do. Good luck on that inspiration! I happen to believe that perspiration beats the inspiration, so call me old fashioned!
President elect Obama should heed the words of President Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King by saying, "The Presidents wants to protect the rights of the most vulnerable and precious asset that we have, our people, even our unborn children."