We know there are more important issues. Here are a few examples:
Unbalanced budget of the United States of America
By 2030, the optimistic projections say that the USA will be broke and our debt payments will be making foreign countries happy. Watch I.O.U.S.A. [here]. It is worth your time to see what some people think our country needs to do to avoid the decay of the USA.
Financial Blabs of Trillion Dollar Proportions
Brookysly Born was pushed aside and called a naysayer. She held out a warning that all of America should regret not digesting. It was a mistake the public should learn from.
At the same time, we have federal and state governments that have little accountability. The political parties, voters, and increasingly, the press rarely follow through when really bad decisions are made or when decisions are made to benefit special friends instead of the general public.
Watch the full version of Frontline here. Watching it is worth the punchline about the Obama administration and our hope for a change in the accountability of our leaders.
National SecurityAt the same time, we have serious national security threats and we will have our friends, neighbors, and children being sent off to fight insurgencies for many years ahead (if we still have capacity to fund the military).
Watch the documentary called Obama's war that has changed people's mind about our challenges in Afghanistan.
Water Resources at Risk
Good news. A threat to a key water source is being cleaned up (with a billion dollar aftertaste).
Initially, plans were to cap the radioactive tailings in place because of the high costs of moving them away from the river. After "naysayers" pointed out that no one had noted that the tailings pile lay on the outside bend of the Colorado River (see photo above) where natural processes could eventually erode away not only the cap but the tailings themselves, possibly sending them into a water supply for much of the West, the government decided to move the whole pile away from the river [source].
The Local StuffThere are huge challenges that dwarf our local issues and many of those issues will define our futures more than locally made decisions. The presence of bigger challenges does not excuse us from reviewing local decisions. Many of those local decisions still have significant impacts to our quality of life, even if they are in the background of more serious challenges.
We should expect our local government to lead by example.