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You Choose '08: The Economy

By Steve Grove

Head of News and Politics

We often describe our You Choose '08 platform as "the world's largest town hall" for political discussion. Every day there are thousands of discussions on YouTube over the issues that face our communities, our families, and our world. Starting today, in this blog, we're going to put forth a six-part series focusing on public topics that are being discussed in various circles on YouTube. We begin with the U.S. economy.

It's no secret that with the declining dollar, the U.S. mortgage crisis, and the recent collapse of Wall Street investment banking firm Bear Sterns, the U.S. economy is in trouble. YouTubers like Yayatv are encouraging people to save their money, while others like billybobjoe57 warn people to sprint from the dollar as fast as they can. Some users think the solutions to the economic crisis lie with our leaders – take, for example, n8glenn, who says that Ron Paul's libertarian philosophies are the way to a better future.

Several YouTube newscasts have tackled this issue with man-on-the-street interviews, like this one from moblogictv, which asks, "What will you do with your $600 tax break?", or this one from WMALnews, which asks, "What's left of your wallet?"

And of course the U.S. presidential candidates aren't going to miss out on the opportunity to weigh in on the economy, either. Senators McCain, Clinton, and Obama all have videos proposing solutions to the U.S. economic crisis. Check them out on our You Choose '08 platform.

Finally, you can toggle through this playlist for a broader look at the conversations going on about the U.S. economy. Keep an eye out for the video from wallstrip -- it will make you laugh, even if your pocketbook is feeling wounded.

Steve G.