UPDATE: To be clear:
So far, this has been a September 10 election. Barack Obama’s current lead in the polls is largely a result of the financial crisis which reached critical mass in September and cemented the economy as issue number one. Even though it has gotten slight attention over the past few weeks, national security is more important now than ever because the economy is inextricably tied to it. Anyone who doubts that just needs to be reminded of what the stock market did following the 9/11 attacks — not to mention the individual effects on the airline, oil and other industries.
I don’t want the fact that I posted this little 401(k) widget to imply that I think the economy/financial/tax situation outranks the war in importance. Many people do, and I think that’s not good.
What happens to the economy if Iran starts sinking oil tankers? If North Korea nukes Tokyo? If Russia starts to build USSR II? If China decides to reclaim Taiwan? What if al Qaeda or someone like them somehow sets of a big bomb in LA or New York or Chicago? Those sorts of scenarios would make the housing crisis, the plight of US auto makers, and the rollor coaster stock market look pretty silly, no?
Who sat glued to their television on September 11th, 2001, and said to themselves “My retirement fund is so screwed“?
UPDATE 2: This is, of course, closely related to my post on the question What if Steve Forbes Had Won the Election?