As our new president settles into the White House, his first 100 days will be dominated by hefty campaign promises and even heftier budget crises. Barack Obama has asked the country to “be realistic” about what to expect during the recession. But chances are slim that Americans waiting to see the expansion of child health care and other fall campaign pledges will remain patient for long. Like states and municipalities across the country, the new administration is in desperate need of more ...

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