Question One

Last night before entering that elusive dreamland my husband and I turned our TiVo to the McLaughlin Group.We are a little behind on our TV viewing preferring to spend our evenings outside in the last of the warm Portland summer so we were surprised to find instead of mocking the extreme characters on last week’s episode we were actually driven to a real conversation about one of their topics.

McLaughlin asked the panel what the top Domestic Policy issue will be in the 2008 Presidential Election. We started to tease and joke a bit but then hit the back button to hear the choices he presented:

A. Healthcare
B. Infrastructure
C. The Economy
D. Crime
E. None of the above

In my way of thinking most of the panelists dodged giving a direct answer. All except the guest panelist answered more than one of the topics. It seemed in the end obvious what the answer was for the Washington DC crowd but it caused us to wonder: What’s the answer for Portland, for Oregon? What are the most important issues to us in the election that looms on the horizon?

6 Comments so far

  1. David (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 10:35 am

    Health care. Health care. Health care.


  2. Mr. Viddy (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 11:24 am

    Infrastructure. It all begins with the glue that holds everything together.


  3. Cami (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 11:32 am

    I agree with Infrastructure because it is the one item that can be linked to every issue, but sometimes I worry that we get so wrapped up in the infrastructure we can’t see what we are working so hard to make right.


  4. george (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

    they SHOULD do health care, but i bet focusing on infrastructure and iraq will get more votes.


  5. John (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

    How about ALL of the above plus some?
    Sustainability is the biggest issue for me. Policies that support and promote triple-bottom-line sustainability will give us green infrastructure, an innovative and prosperous economy, equitable access to social services like health care, and reduce the causes of crime. Sustainability is also our best chance of addressing a much larger issue that is woefully missing from McLaughlin’s list, the issue on which all these other interrelated issues depend: the health and productivity of the environment and threats of global climate change.

    Don’t let the media fool you.


  6. SE Voter (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 2:06 pm

    For the national election, it is healthcare. For Portland, infrastructure and keeping our economy healthy would be the subjects I think are most important. Let’s get those living wages up as high as the property costs.

    One thing that I can’t take anymore of is reading about (in WW) how attractive Sam (Glam) Adams is. Please give it a rest. More substance on the issues, less fluff about that PLEASE!



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