Since September 11, 2001, America has either been recovering from a crisis or on the verge of another one.
When President Obama came into office, our financial system was still at risk of completely failing, we were in two wars and 1 out of 8 jobs were threatened by the collapse of the auto industry.
Five years later, corporations are seeing record profits, the war in Iraq is over, the war in Afghanistan is winding down and American automakers struggle to keep up with the demand for their vehicles.
Still, middle-class wages are stagnant, a new war may be brewing in Syria and the percentage of Americans participating in the labor market is lower than it has been since the ’70s.
In the next few weeks, the economic climate could get dramatically worse — or somewhat better. Congress will take a series of votes that will set the country’s course for the next few years. Meanwhile, the most dramatic transformation of our health care system in history will roll out in all 50 states.
Here are five crises that could either happen or be avoided — depending on the choices our government makes during the remainder of 2013.
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