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Clueless in America

  • Sep. 28th, 2008 at 8:54 AM
Hey everyone, I'm Melissa, an American living in India and working at Mint. I just arrived back in California to visit my parents (after 31 hours of transit). I'll be here for a month blogging from the netherworld of the prodigal daughter trying to make sense of her own country.

I missed the presidential debate (I was in the air!), and I didn't think I'd have a chance to hear how things went until arriving at my final destination. But on my 6am connection flight from Newark, even before the newspapers had hit the stands, the debate was all everyone on the flight talked about. It was exciting to watch total strangers politely disagree about more than just the armrest.

From what I've gathered, the economy and Iraq took up most of the debate's time, as to be expected. Obviously, those are pretty much the hot top two topics. Did they miss any key points or issues? If there are any undecided voters out there, did the debate sway you in any one direction? If not, what are you waiting to hear from the candidates


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featheradrift wrote:
Sep. 28th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
Considering that the theme of the debate was foreign affairs and economy, I'm surprised that neither candidate brought up the impact America's financial crisis is going to have on other parts of the world.

At least four British banks are seeking financial support from their government, an Italian airline is facing bankruptcy, the euro is losing value against the dollar, and more troubles are in the works. A lot of European banks own American loans, and they will feel it as our financial institutions fold. Some of the bail-outs were actually necessary in order to prevent greater global crisis.

While Obama did try to link a sound /domestic/ economy to strength abroad, neither actually noted the impact this American crisis is going to have on foreign economies. I want to know that my candidate has an international perspective and therefore he can perceive the far-reaching consequences of this situation with regards to more than his personal budget.
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