Rick Klein, Maryalice Parks, and John Verhovek take note of the issues that are cropping up most in the midterm elections at ABC News. The issues they single out are:
That’s obvious enough. Trump has dominated the opinion pages of most major media outlets for much of the last two and a half years, largely in a negative light.
So important they mention it twice. Women are likely to be elected in these midterms at the highest rate ever. Gender, race, sexual preference, and age are all hot topics. Unmentioned in the article is that if she is re-elected, Dianne Feinstein will become the oldest woman ever elected to the Senate. She’d need to run two more times to get a shot at being the oldest serving senator, though.
That’s certainly the case here in Illinois. We’re being deluged with political advertising and just about every spot for a Democratic candidate castigates the Republican opponent for wanting to take people’s health care away. No word though on how they’d reconcile health care as an absolute right, a right to earn a living as a physician, and the right to property. If health care is not an absolute right, it means they want to take somebody’s health care away, too, and the whole thing is sophistry. If health care is an absolute right, either wages in health care must be driven to an arbitrarily low point or there is no limit to how high takes must be raised to pay for all of that health care. Claiming that your’re going to balance those rights somehow calls for more acumen and mental acuity than appears to be possible.
Most of the related complaints I hear are about illegal immigration rather than the broader topic of immigration.
What’s remarkable to me are the issues that aren’t important to people. We are still fighting a war in Afghanistan. We’re spending billions there which can’t be spent on anything else. Americans are dying. I can only conclude that Americans have accepted that we’ll be fighting there forever.
Despite its evergreen presence in the country’s opinion pages, global warming/climate change don’t seem to be much of a topic.
I’m not seeing as much outrage over the tax reforms that took effect earlier this year as all of the complaints about “tax cuts for the rich” might have led you to believe. It’s darned hard to cut taxes for anybody but the rich when most of the people who aren’t rich aren’t paying income taxes, either, and you can’t talk about cutting payroll taxes without being accused of attacking Social Security. That sort of defuses taxes as an issue.
I haven’t heard much about now-Justice Kavanaugh, either. I guess that caravan has moved on.
What other issues are surprising in not being major topics of discussion in the midterms?