What would you ask the candidates?

What would you ask the candidates?

What would you ask the candidates?

If you could sit down with each of the two presidential candidates, President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, what would you ask them? What insights would you be looking for? What knowledge would you expect them to have? And just how much difference do you think they could really make?

Setting aside the coronavirus disease, the nation’s financial problems would most likely be at the top of anyone’s list. “It’s the economy, stupid,” said the Ragin’ Cajun, James Carville some years back. But can a president really make that much difference in solving the country’s economic woes? I tend to agree with a number of financial observers who say that no president has all that much influence on major economic change.

Here’s what Austan Goolsbee, a former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers says: “I think the world vests too much power — certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general — for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.”

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