Here's the transcript that I'm using. I like to look at the printed words because they're less distracting; it's easier to look at them coolly and logically, and I try to avoid getting caught up in the emotionalism of it all, or falling into the trap of spending time thinking too much about who looks more "presidential" or other things of that nature that really don't matter at all. What I want to know is this: how do the candidates' words measure up against the Constitution? What might the Founders say about the positions that our current candidates are taking? That's my issue. That's what I vote on. I want the Constitution, and freedom.
So. First question, from the 2nd page of the transcript:
I'm just not feeling the whole President-as-job-creator thing. Maybe it could come under recommending laws to Congress. Maybe. But then Congress would still have to get its collective act together and actually pass the thing. There's tons more to it that just "The President says so." But, in general, I feel like we ascribe too much power to the Presidency. He's just one guy. He's not supposed to be an all-powerful leader capable of fixing all our nation's ills. Our government is deliberately limited because to give a single man that kind of power to build also gives him the power to destroy, and that was something that the Founders were acutely aware of and cautious to avoid.
Gentlemen, welcome to you both. Let's start the economy, segment one, and let's begin with jobs. What are the major differences between the two of you about how you would go about creating new jobs?
But, let's look at the responses anyhow. Maybe one of them said something useful.
Obama: You know, four years ago we went through the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Millions of jobs were lost, the auto industry was on the brink of collapse. The financial system had frozen up.
And because of the resilience and the determination of the American people, we've begun to fight our way back. Over the last 30 months, we've seen 5 million jobs in the private sector created. The auto industry has come roaring back. And housing has begun to rise.
But we all know that we've still got a lot of work to do. And so the question here tonight is not where we've been, but where we're going.