Debate the economy

Senator John McCainâÄôs campaign surprises are becoming markedly less surprising lately. The McCain campaign took the opportunity to be âÄúbriefedâÄù on the Hurricane Gustav before the storm stuck the Gulf Coast. On Wednesday, McCain proposed to postpone FridayâÄôs presidential debate in the name of addressing the economic crisis and bailout plan. In attempting to call off the debate, McCain took advantage of an economic crisis that experts allege is as grave as the Great Depression. Obama correctly countered at a news conference Wednesday night that âÄúthis is exactly the time when people need to hear from the candidates.âÄù But if the debate is to go ahead as planned the candidates should abandon the foreign policy theme and debate the economy. While the argument that itâÄôs important the two presidential nominees should show voters what they would do through action, instead of telling them, there would be nothing to show at 9 p.m. on a Friday night. Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania posited to The New York Times on Wednesday night: âÄúDoes McCain think the Senate will still be working at 9 p.m. Friday?âÄù So where McCainâÄôs proposal to postpone the debate is theoretically sound, it is practically flawed. Furthermore, thereâÄôs a grave necessity now for voters to evaluate the candidates on the economy. Not only is the foundation of the global economy in limbo in part because of poor financial planning on the part of politicians, but economic rhetoric on behalf of both candidates does not address the real issues. The economic crises most certainly will prevent both candidates from implementing their vast fiscal promises âÄî health care for Obama and tax cuts for McCain. A moderator like Jim Lehrer should help cut through vapid campaign rhetoric and educate voters on how both the flaws and advantages will play out in a dangerously unstable and intertwined global economy. Voters deserve nothing less.