FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
So whaddya got for an encore? And do we have the stomach for it?
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If you liken the passage of health care reform to a birth, the pregnancy was difficult and the labor and delivery were worse.
But - now that the health care baby is here, what's next? There's no shortage of issues facing this country that demand attention from our government.
Start with immigration reform. Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in Washington this weekend, frustrated with the lack of action so far. The president promised to make immigration overhaul a top priority in his first year... but we all know what happened there.
It's an issue that has defied resolution. Congress failed to agree on immigration reform under President Bush... and with the highly partisan atmosphere in Washington today, I wouldn't bet they'll have any more luck this time.
There's the economy... with nearly 10 percent unemployment, bringing the jobs back is issue one on millions of Americans' minds. There are also skyrocketing deficits and our more than $12 trillion national debt - that we are unceremoniously dumping on future generations.
Add in reform of the financial institutions, no coherent energy policy, education, and gays in the military… the list is long.
Not to mention a whole basket of foreign problem including two wars, nuclear standoffs with Iran and North Korea and a disintegrating situation between Israelis and Palestinians.
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Major financial reform. Roll back the Clinton era law that allows credit default swaps, roll back the Reagan era "reform" that removed usury and removed limits on interest rates. Roll it all back and then regulate it. Demand simple, easily understood contracts for all loans and insurance. Just think of the special interest commercials CNN will sell then! Ka ching, Jack.
Chandler in Rockaway, New Jersey writes:
Wake up and realize we are at war with China, India, and Saudi Arabia (among others) and we are losing. Badly.
Craig in North Beach, Maryland writes:
What should Congress do next? How about take a nice long bath? After all the wheeling, dealing, and mudslinging that occurred with health care reform, I think they sure could use one.
John in Marlton, New Jersey writes:
Repeal the 'health care' bill.
Reverse NAFTA. Bring some of those manufacturing jobs back to this country. That was the start of our economic demise.
Go home and stay there, they have done enough damage.
Donald in California writes:
I would like to see the Democrats continue to support what this president promised the people he would do. Health care is almost taken care of, so work on Don't Ask, Don't Tell being over-turned, get out of Iraq, immigration reform and jobs.
Given the appalling displays of ignorance we have seen over the past 13 months of health care "debate," I suggest some serious education reform.
Marc in San Diego writes:
I'm not sure, but what I am sure of is that the GOP will be against it.
Larry in Springfield, Ohio writes:
Face a firing squad.