Obama's Top Priorities

By: Inoljt, http://thepolitikalblog.wordpress.com/

Below is a list of what, in my view, the most important to-dos on the president's lengthy to-do list are.

Of course I could be a smart aleck and just put -




But that would be both unintellectual and too crude a way to make a point. Nevertheless - and quite coincidentially - all of the priorities listed below do link to the economy in some way or other. Here they are:

1. Fix the subprime mess.

2. Reform the banking industry.

3. Cut health care costs.

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