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"Presidents from both parties have proposed 'grand designs' with many moving parts for about 60 years, all without success in the legislative areaStateshave achieved much progress through step-by-step approaches with bipartisan support. It may be time for federal policy makers to do likewise."

Meyer proposes that Congress could combine elements from each of the candidate's plans and enact small but important steps:

  • Reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program for 10 years in 2009. Neither presidential candidate would want to veto such an effort so early in office.
  • Republicans must agree to new public coverage limited to the poor while Democrats must agree to tax incentives to boost private market coverage.
  • Help states set-up "insurance exchanges" along the lines of the program in Massachusetts.

Catherine M. Kelleher is a College Park Professor in the School of Public Policy and senior advisor to the Geneva Center on Security Policy.

To the secretary of state-designate: "You have little to build on from the last eight yearsYour biggest challenge must be to restore the standing of the pastThe easiest arena for instant credibility will not be a rapid round of travel but an enthusiastic embrace of treatiesKyoto and climate change are obvious priorities"

Kelleher offers "basic prescriptions for action," to re-energize America's post-World War II tradition of international engagement, democratic norms and serious diplomacy, such as:

  • Make diplomacy the administration's international interest of first resort "speak softly but clearly first" and use force as a last resort.
  • Return to JFK's principle: never fear to negotiate or negotiate out of fear alone. Foster careful, regular and expert multilevel discussions on a limited set of topics with friends and adversaries.
  • Redi

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