- the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,
- our country's $9 trillion debt,
- global warming,
- our country's shattered reputation in the world,
- the rising price of oil and possible permanent decline in oil production as global demand increase,
- the rising price of foods,
- rising medical costs,
- declining inflation-adjusted incomes,
- the mortgage/home foreclosure/credit crisis,
And I can't help but compare this debate with the republican debates. I don't recall the moderators incessantly focusing on things that trivialize the candidates and the issues. Am I mis-remembering?
Ah, they are finally being asked some substantive questions - but even the questions about these are asked in a manner that doesn't allow for intelligent discussion. They were asked if they would promise not to raise taxes. This question is not meant to allow for discussion. What if they want to redistribute taxes? that raises taxes for some, but lowers them for others. What if we have another Katrina, or something even more costly? No one can predict the future, and the candidates shouldn't be forced into such a corner.
I have written to ABC news, letting them know of my disappointment in the handling of this debate. I hope you will too.