… the only thing, she doesn’t think her dream will happen.
She starts with this:
First thing, a raft of Guantanamo cases are brought in civil courts. The prisoners who aren’t in court, are in a plane on their way to Iraq or Afghanistan. Guantanamo prison turns into a tourist attraction, with luxury hotels, gambling, and highly-educated Marxist prostitutes from Cuba.
Next thing, Bradley Manning is pardoned. He leaves his cell, becomes a hero on the progressive circuit, and breaks up Barney Frank’s marriage.
The Glass-Stegall Act is brought back and reinstated. The big banks all break in two, between commercial and investment banks. Their lamentations fall on deaf ears.
After a few Wall Street big wigs are prosecuted for fraud, finance capitalism finds itself hogtied by a weird wave of ethical behavior.
Following the example of North Dakota, all the states start their own banks. They withdraw all the money they have in Wall Street and pour it into their state banks.
Wall Street shrinks. There is a tax on all financial transactions. Many firms go bankrupt or close up for business. They just don’t have as much money to play with as before. High-end prostitutes flee Wall Street for Qatar.
That’s it: my dream for Barack Obama’s second term. How’s that for change you can believe in?
Will any of it happen?
Of course not. Instead, we will be halfway into America’s second lost decade; the first lost decade being the Bush years. Our federal legislature — the House and the Senate — will remain do-nothing useless. Any government action that counts will happen on a state and municipal level. Extra-political movements, like Occupy Wall Street, will have a greater impact on the national agenda than the political parties. States like Vermont may thrive, but states like California, not.
In fact, we will never recover. Our elite will always lack the imagination to pay the rest of us enough wages to sustain an actual American economy. We will watch as China and Brazil and Germany replace us as the three new superpowers.
We will sink into the second tier of nations, joining India, South Africa, the UK, and Russia.