From the February 01, 2011 issue of Futures Magazine • Subscribe!

2010 tops & bottoms

YEAR IN REVIEW

IN BETWEEN

Unfortunately, 2010 was one of the more politically partisan years on record and what constitutes a TOP or a BOTTOM may depend on your political persuasion:

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act addresses the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression and attempts to avoid repeating the same mistakes, so it is a TOP. The debate devolving into the typical Main Street vs. Wall Street sound bites is a BOTTOM. After what happened and nearly happened, this should not have been so difficult.

• Health care reform in principle is a TOP as experts agree on two things: The burgeoning deficit is the greatest threat to our Union, and runaway health care costs and our Medicare commitments are the biggest escalator to our debt.

Health care reform process is a BOTTOM. No bill should be passed without legislators having a reasonable ability to read and understand it.

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