It's Monday, September 22nd, and we begin the week with a dramatic new financial landscape then existed just a few weeks ago. Lehman Brothers is gone; the government has bought out AIG Insurance, and the last two free-standing investment banking firms, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, have become bank holding companies subject to government regulation.
I won't pretend to know what the government should do about the financial crisis. I'm not an economist, and I possess no great expertise in this field. What I do know, however, is that there is a definite sense that Americans are looking for answers and solutions. That is why the upcoming debates between Obama and McCain will be so pivotal in the weeks to come.
This Friday, Obama and McCain will square off in the first of three debates in this electoral season. I am posting the debate schedule here so my readers can stay tuned and watch them live if they want.
September 26, 2008: Presidential debate with foreign policy focus, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
October 2, 2008: Vice Presidential debate, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
October 7, 2008: Presidential debate in a town hall format, Belmont University, Nashville, TN
October 15, 2008: Presidential debate with domestic policy focus, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Each debate will begin at 9pm eastern, 6pm pacific time and last for 90 minutes. They will be aired on every major broadcast network such as CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX. They will also be aired on cable outlets such as Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and many others.
I encourage people to watch these debates, and to please come back and post your thoughts once they're done. I'll try to post my own analysis post-debates, but I am eager to hear what people out there are thinking.