Every once in a while, the me-in-my-futurist-hat decides to check in on current actions to see if they’ll lead to a good future.Â I have to say I’m quite pleased.Â Shortly after Obama was elected, I blogged about how it felt like I was, once again, living in the America I grew up in.Â That America had hope and believed in science and wanted to be good.Â Somehow in the middle we became afraid and retreated from science because it did have unexpected and sometimes poor consequences.Â But we threw the whole idea of science out instead of just the parts that didn’t work.Â Then we got scared, and no longer clung to high ideals in the face of minor bullies.
Now I not only feel like we’re back, but we have actions to prove it.Â Here are a few examples:
This Administration keeps its promises.Â No torture.Â No more extreme limits on stem cell research.Â No more unilateral bullying on the international front (but we’re not being wimps, either).Â The EPA acknowledging that climate change might actually be partly our fault and maybe we should do something about it.
A lot of the stimulus funding is going toward good long-term healthy stuff.Â Â Infrastructure.Â Changing our energy structures.Â Helping people work.
I loved the rescue by Navy Seals– that’s the first hostage in a while where we just took decisive action (see – we’re not being wimps).
The economy feels like it’s turning.Â This much reliance on Keynesian economics is scary, but it’s more logical than the trickle-down theory ever was.Â I suspect the risks will pay off and we’ll win more than we lose.Â Note that I still think (as I said in my forecast for the year) that the shocks may not be over.Â But we are likely to live.
So I’m pretty happy this morning, and I think America, and the world, ought to be pretty happy this morning, too.