Obama: Here’s your to-do list


Now that Barack Obama has secured another four years in the White House, his next task is deciding what he is going to accomplish while he is there. The list of possibilities is long; here are just six priorities in no particular order, a combination of new needs and of promises he made in 2008 that he has not fulfilled. (In some cases he did try to keep a promise, but was stymied by an intransigent legislature; nevertheless, having good intentions is not the same as enacting a good law, and these policies are too important to let drop.)

1. Sick Leave

Millions of Americans are in danger of losing their jobs if they take so much as one day off because they are sick or need to care for an ill family member. The federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protects employees who take up to 12 weeks off for medical reasons, but the FMLA covers only employers with 50 or more employees — plus, those are 12 unpaid weeks. Many workers can’t afford to forgo their pay should they fall ill.

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