What did we learn during the first presidential debate?
Well, we didn’t learn much of anything. As Charles Ferguson explains, we didn’t learn anything
about the causes of the financial crisis; the lack of prosecution of banks and bankers; sharply rising inequality in educational opportunity, income and wealth; energy policy and global warming; America’s competitive lag in broadband infrastructure; the impact of industrialized food on healthcare costs; thelast decade’s budget deficits and the resultant national debt; or the large-scale, permanent elimination of millions of less-skilled jobs through both globalization and advances in robotics and artificial intelligence.
The one thing we did learn is that, if Romney beat the odds and actually were elected president, Big Bird would be forced to join millions of others on the unemployment line.