Monday, April 14, 2008

The candidates should take the road less traveled: the high road...by Sybil Sage

It's the Clintons' turn and they're delighting in Obamafraude, unable to resist this opportunity to characterize him as "an elitist, out of touch and, frankly, patronizing." We voters are not so naive as to be looking to either senator to help us understand the opponent; we get enough psychobabble from the press, also struggling to fill 24/7 air and print time in this endless, dragged-out campaign.

These many months aren't allowing us to get a clearer sense of the candidates' ability to take over a country in distress. What we're seeing is how well they can hold up to the campaign fatigue. Can they be all things to all people all of the time? Polls and dinner conversations show there's more traffic heading from Camp Clinton to Obama but the jury, make that the superdelegates, are still out.

The presidential hopefuls would do better to take the high road, which is far less crowded, and confine themselves to addressing the serious issues that concern us. Today's new bad news is that co-payments for prescription drugs, until now manageable, will be unaffordable for most. Reading the front page of today's New York Times, I found myself thinking we could always sell our condo if medication costs require it, but that idea was put to rest by the story next to it about the collapse of the housing bubble in the United States, which has become a global phenomenon. As to who's "elitist," the article below these two tells of Wall Street traders, unaffected by the realities of the economy, flying around in private jets and buying Manhattan apartments costing upwards of $10 million.

Does this make you want to take an anti-depressant? Not so fast! Check your co-payment!

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