An essential attribute of a successful democracy is responsiveness to the people. The government should be aware of what the people are seeking rather than operating in reverse and attempting to tell the people what they should want.
Here's the latest Pew poll on the priorities of the American people:
And In Dead Last We Find---Global Warming
Yes, once again "it's the economy, stupid!" Health insurance comes in at a dismal 12th after security and military issues. Cap and trade to deal with the coming tropical period seems to be off the table if the Bamster can hear the people above his own incessant bleating.