I'm exempt - do not punch clock. I also live in Orange County, and besides Loretta Sanchez, we send Republicans to Congress ... we've got a couple Dem Senators from Cali, I guess. I don't think Democrats are the solution, BTW. I've never been registered with that party. I think the last paragraph you wrote describes exactly how we should think about the government. I am all for private capital, free enterprise and minimal regulation - smart regulation. Adjusting the dial on regulation is a difficult thing ... the proverbial billion dollar question! I think Obama's point has been that there is a role for the government, and we should stop slinging rhetoric about gov't being the enemy of business because that mentality doesn't drive the policy outcomes like you describe above - strategic public-private partnerships that benefit our communities.