Capitalism with its inbuilt insatiability pressure makes people anxious, not happy.
Everyone should share in the productivity gains in a government of, for and by the people. The future should be anticipated and protected in the present, not extrapolated from the present (cf. Jurgen Moltmann and David Korten).
Culture shock and critical thinking can bring new priorities and new perspectives. Community centers in every neighborhood in Vancouver Canada have a multiplier and cushioning effect and create public spirit and joy in life.
to read a 2-page summary of President Obama's 2012 budget from a Canadian newspaper The Province February 13, 2012, click on