• Once the immediate crisis passes, does your administration have a plan to encourage a more low-cost equilibrium for housing prices?

Or, on education:

• You talk a lot about the need for higher education, and also about the benefits of competition. What can the government do to encourage competition among colleges to help bring costs down?

Alternately, they could avoid covering these pocketbook policy questions by asking how the president reacted to Steny Hoyer’s remarks about Eric Cantor’s characterization of the Treasury secretary’s statement about the debt ceiling.

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Greg Marx is an adjunct lecturer at The Medill School and a facilitator with The OpEd Project. She served as an editorial board member, columnist, library director, and No. 2 in the features department of the Chicago Sun-Times.