Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Presidential debate tonight

"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal"
Emma Goldmann

Tonight, the two major candidates for the now-largely ceremonial job of President will appear in a "debate" to air their microscopic differences in a forum moderated by perhaps the most irrelevant "journalist" in the land.

I won't be watching (though of course, I will read about it) because at my age, I no longer have the stomach for seeing grown men thoroughly embarrass themselves.  But I am interested enough to speculate on which topics of life and death importance won't even be covered.  I would love to be wrong and I will be the first to admit it if I am.

What won't get covered—my short list

Climate change, and how to respond.
Peak oil and planning for the end of the Age of Petroleum.
Protecting water supplies—saving the oceans.
Wall Street reform—prosecuting Wall Street crime.
Infrastructure deterioration and what must be done to repair / rebuild it.
Monetary reform and debt restructuring.

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