Sid Salter: Campaign’s real dirty words still unspoken

To paraphrase the Grateful Dead, what a long strange trip it’s been in the 2016 presidential election.

We’ve talked about sex, purloined emails, hidden tax returns, fainting spells and bad manners. We’ve watched one candidate who has worked hard at being unlikeable and another who has worked equally hard at not being trustworthy. Their supporters reject both notions, but the polls indicate hard realities in public opinion.

For many voters, this is the first presidential election in their lifetimes in which it’s truly difficult to find a candidate to feel good about and support. And, as many have pointed out, the third-party alternatives are no picnic this time, either….

…There are no more relevant issues for the future of this country than how to deal with the implications of the slide toward insolvency of Social Security and Medicare. Perhaps in the third and final presidential debate there will be some discussion of the nation’s economy and our plans for stabilizing Social Security and Medicare — unless someone finds another lewd tape recording or another cache of deleted emails.

Clarion Ledger
10/12/16