Okay, even though everyone knows I didn't vote for him, I have to say, there are some things on the horizon for our country that could really get a girl excited. The most exciting thing I've heard in ages is the possibility that our government will install Smart Meters into every home in America. First of all, on the exciting scale is that thousands of electricians will be given government jobs. I know this will be a huge blessing for these families because the pay will be good and they will undoubtedly have health insurance, which I don't mind paying for with my tax dollars. I have no problem with a government employee coming into my house to install these meters, after all, someone installed my original electric meter and my water meter. What's the difference? But the very most exciting thing about Smart Meters is that they will allow the government to control the amount of electricity we use. Why didn't someone think of this sooner? We possibly could have avoided that whole inconvenience of global warming if only we could have stopped people from using too much electricity sooner. Besides, it's really not fair that I can afford to keep my heat on 68 when there are plenty of people who need to keep their heaters set to 62. Plus, I'm just not comfortable in the summer with my air on 75, even though my neighbors do keep their's set higher to help with conservation. I am clearly not able to regulate myself, suffer just a little for the greater good, and obviously NEED the government to regulate this for me because I've been given ample opportunity to do it and have not.
The second most exciting change that is actually more close to occurring is putting all our medical records online (15 billion dollars of TARP is designated for this.) This ran a very close race with the Smart Meters, I actually can't figure out which one I am more excited about. Everyone knows good and well that there are sites on the internet that not even the most skilled hacker can access. Companies (like my husband's) could have work for years helping facilitate this transition and helping companies comply with the government regulations surrounding the online records. This is actually stimulus that stands to HELP my family. And think of the convenience where your health records could follow you EVERYWHERE! No need for disclosing things (like your psychiatric conditions or sexual issues or "female problems") to your doctor (discussing those things in person can be embarrassing.) Luckily, there will come a day in the future where you won't have to discuss those things, your records will proceed you into every doctors visit and hospital stay. Only employees of the hospital and clinics will be able to access this private information (oh yeah, and maybe the employees of the companies that spring up to manage this data.... which my husband will be helping to install programs, so probably the employees of my husband's company and others like him) which makes me feel totally secure. I completely trust that none of these people would abuse the very private information they will have access to.
There are a number of other things I am quite excited about.... Government run auto companies, printing more money, increased stem cell research, fewer abortion regulations (those pesky rules restricting minors have GOT to be lifted!), paying to install high speed internet in rural communities also seems more fair, and so many others.... but that will have to wait for another post.