A view from the other coast

The N.Y. Times today takes a look at how the upcoming election is playing out in San Francisco. The pictures that accompany the article show the usual lively political scene in the city, but the article points out that reality isn’t quite as simple as many political commentators suggest it is. For all the outspoken anti-war signs and the pro-Obama displays, many people in the city have doubts about which candidate to support. Economic turmoil such as we have all seen in the past week makes everyone think of their own financial future. Will the stock market tumble further? What will happen to my 401k not to mention my mortgage? Will tourists still come to the city if the credit crunch gets worse? This is not a year for anyone to be complacent in making predictions and it’s often useful to get a view from the outside.

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