Inauguration day has come and gone, but the euphoria of a historic election will likely remain for some time. For President Obama and the 110th Congress, the work is just beginning. The economy continues to show signs of weakening, even amidst hope that the downturn will be neither as severe nor as prolonged as some have prognosticated. Although Israel draws down its forces in Gaza, tension in the Middle East remains high. The status of the American presence in Iraq and the oft-criticized detention facility at Guantanamo Bay remain uncertain. Pricey health care and a failing education system also appear at the top of the President’s to do list.
Given these conditions, it is curious that some have anticipated one of the most prominent pieces of reform that will come on the heels of the inauguration to be the Freedom of Choice Act.