As rewarding as it is, finally, to see Washington treating our needs and wants as American needs and wants, it remains downright astonishing to me that when it comes to another huge entity dependent on the will of the people leaders still aren't getting it.
The real sword of Damocles hanging over the White House right now is this Friday's release of the October unemployment figures. If the numbers are bad, it could give Romney the last-second momentum he needs. If the numbers are good, Obama could waltz to victory.
National polls have pulled back into a neck-and-neck contest. This is all fun for the pundits, who (pre-debate) were on the verge of declaring the race all but over (and, hence, boring), but we hasten to remind everyone that this is not how we elect presidents.
We are now in the midst of the general election. And now it's time for both President Obama and Governor Romney to reveal their true muchness -- to tell us voters who they really are, what they really stand for, and what we can truly expect of them.
The drop-off does not take into account the blatant and sneaky voter suppression tactics that GOP governors and GOP state legislators have worked feverishly to put in place to further damp down the black and Hispanic vote.
Since the last time we took such a snapshot, roughly three weeks ago, both candidates have shown some firming up of their positions, but the good news for both candidates is mixed with some softening as well.
I think Obama was onto something: no man or woman, no business or enterprise, is an island. This would be a good time for a conversation about how we balance enterprise and community, growth and sustainability, freedom and security.
Social Security is desperately broke -- 31 percent underfunded to be exact. This is not my opinion. This is its own measure of its unfunded liability. Patchwork fixes to Social Security aren't the way to go.