After watching the first of the 2008 presidential debates, I believe you could substitute names and places in the moderator’s questions and it would sound like past debates:
1980 - The Consumer Price Index now stands at more than **%. Perhaps more significantly, the nation's broader, underlying inflation rate has gone up from **% to **%. Now, a part of that was due to external factors beyond U.S. control, notably the more than doubling. of oil prices by OPEC last year. Because the United States remains vulnerable to such external shocks, can inflation in fact be controlled?
1976 - Governor, earlier tonight you said America is not strong any more; America is not respected any more. And I feel that I must ask you: Do you really believe that the United States is not the strongest country in the world, do you really believe that the United States is not the most respected country in the world? Or is that just campaign rhetoric?
1960 - Senator, ***** in his campaign has said that you were naive and at times immature. He has raised the question of leadership. On this issue, why do you think people should vote for you rather than *****?
Senator *****, in connection with these problems of the future that you speak of, and the program that you enunciated earlier in your direct talk, you call for expanding some of the welfare programs for schools, for teacher salaries, medical care, and so forth; but you also call for reducing the federal debt. And I'm wondering how you, if you're president, how would go about paying the bill for all this?
Granted there are exterior reasons that make this a unique election... first viable female presidential candidate, first black president, first female vice-president, etc.. but I just can’t shake the feeling that we’ve all been here before. We’re dealing with a lot of the same issues... oil prices, the decline of America’s popularity, experience versus inexperience, and massive federal debt. What President has ever really given us smaller government, a balanced budget, less dependency on foreign goods, and traditional social values?
In the midst of the Wall Street buyout to the total of $7 billion dollars, you should wonder why that same money can’t be found to strengthen healthcare, education, and proper immigration reform?