Can we resist the deficit hawks in both major parties and make the public investments in infrastructure and social services that we desperately need to pull us out of this recession? With our government having obviously failed to serve and protect, dare we dream to revive what 100 years ago was known in Midwestern cities as "sewer socialism."Respectable pundits and editorial boards will demand that [Barack Obama] be "responsible" and curb spending. But fiscal austerity will only deepen this economic downturn, and the stern sermons of these neo-Hooverians ought to be cheerfully ignored.The mavens of the mainstream media, "schoolmasters of the people," will try to ensure that Obama's promised "change" remains framed within the confines of conventional wisdom. We must remember that, as Obama said, "change doesn't come from the top down, it comes from the bottom up."