Real questions for candidates

Amid the nation’s deeply divided political climate, real debates on serious issues have become the exception, rather than the norm.

For example, when was the last time you heard or read a story about our nation being nearly $22 trillion in debt?

Keep in mind that you would need to find 1 million people, with each of them being worth $1 million, to total $1 trillion in value. Then, do that 21 more times. That is how much $22 trillion is.

Unfortunately, we are not sure those campaigning for the 2020 presidential nominations will talk much about this. Expect every Democratic candidate who comes to New Hampshire to throw as much mud as they can at President Donald Trump.

“He’s a racist.”

“He’s a sexist.”

“He’s a homophobe.”

Meanwhile, one can expect the ever-bombastic Trump to hurl comments such as these toward his foes, whether they be Democrats – or Republicans who may challenge him in the 2020 primary:

“She’s a loser.”

“He’s for open borders.”

“They’re coming for your guns.”

If any Democrat or any Republican would like to answer the three real questions below, we at The Telegraph are ready to listen.

1. “Considering the U.S. is already $22 trillion in debt, how can we possibly afford to keep Social Security and Medicare in place at current benefit levels when more baby boomers retire every day? Aren’t you going to have to either raise taxes or slash benefits?”

2. “U.S. troops have been in Afghanistan since 2001 and in Iraq since 2003. How long should we keep spending our blood and treasure in the name of nation-building?”

3. “In the 21st century global and automated economy, how do we find living-wage work for people who cannot complete a four-year college degree?”

At some point, politicians are going to have to address these matters. We hope to hear a few possible solutions before New Hampshire voters cast their ballots in the 2020 presidential primary.