Saturday, October 22, 2011

Question: What would you ask?

It's a slow news day in New York. Now that the #Occupiers are settling in for their second month, let's talk about something else for awhile...

Question: If Commentarama was hosting one of the thirteen remaining Republican Presidential Candidates' debates, what would you ask?


DUQ said...

Boxers, briefs, magic Mormon underwear, or tinfoil shielding. :D

AndrewPrice said...

What is the weight of a swallow (African or European)?

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

AndrewPrice said...

I would probably ask this:

Do you believe the stock market is a good proxy for understanding the economy? (Answer "No".)


Do you understand that Big Business does not believe in capitalism, but instead believes in interntional socialism? What would you do to remove the influence of Big Business from government?

BevfromNYC said...

I think by the time we get to a thirteenth debate, both of those questions will be perfectly legitimate!

If Michelle Bachmann is still in the debate we may need to modify and ask briefs or thong?
I guarantee she will respond "Well, when I take my 45 children to my office where I am a tax attorney, I will wear..."

Ed said...

I want to know if they can tell us what's wrong with the idea "compassionate conservatism."

Unknown said...

Bev: I'd ask a two part question. Do you know who the Republican candidate will be running against? Do you have a coherent program which will undo the damage done by that previous administration?

I'm tired of the nit-picking at each other and childish quarreling and want to see a recognition that Obama, not the other candidates, is the enemy. And I want to know how each candidate intends to fix the mess.

BevfromNYC said...

LawHawk - I don't think we will get to running against Obama and his policies until after the first primary/caucus. They are still jockeying for the top spot. Maybe because there are now so many different "news" outlets (400 news channels, talk radio, internet news outlets, newspapers), that no one is asking real questions. It's a game to catch the candidates in lies and deceptions rather than probing them on real policy.

AndrewPrice said...

Bev, In all seriousness, if I could conduct a genuine interview with the candidates, I would ask each:

1. Explain to me why and how capitalism works and why it's superior to government intervention.

2. Explain to me your understanding of how the constitution is structured, and what the Ninth and Tenth Amendments mean.

3. Explain to me what steps you intend to take at the agency level (1) to undo Obama's policies regarding regulation of carbon, regulation of the internet, and Obamacare, (2) to remove the influence of big business and other lobbyists.

4. Explain to me the core of your foreign policy beliefs. Tell me, for example, how you would approach a war between India and China.

5. Explain to me why legal immigration is good, but why illegal immigration is bad AND (1) tell me the number of people you think this country can take each year legally, and (2) how you intend to stop illegal immigration other than the "fence."

6. Tell me how you plan to help ethnic minorities. (Right answer -- treat them like every other American.)

7. Tell me how far you believe religious freedoms extend into government policy and tell me if you think all religions deserve equal treatment under these laws or only some.

8. Finally, explain to me what steps you will take to:

(1) reduce the number of people who get government benefits,

(2) increase the number of people who pay taxes, and

(3) remove the government subsidies to liberal interest groups like NPR, Planned Parenthood, race baiting groups who get government contracts, unions, etc.

tryanmax said...

My question is for all the candidates polling in the single digits: Why are you still here?

T-Rav said...

Michelle, how many kids do you have?

Koshcat said...

What do you think the relationship should be between the government, the fed, and the monetary system? If you could, what changes would you make and why?

T-Rav said...

Oh wait, we should be offering up serious questions? Oh, okay. Hmmm...

1. What should our policy be towards volatile situations such as that in the Middle East this year? What assumptions is this policy based on?

2. Assuming you have heard of Keynesian economics, can you explain why this is a bad thing?

tryanmax said...

I'd ask about each candidate's attitude toward the development of domestic sources of energy. I would like to know what, if anything, they would propose to do about the myriad bureaucratic hurdles that stand in the way of developing fossil fuel and nuclear energy.

I would also entertain any thoughts they might have on so-called "green" energy sources, regardless of attitude, so long as they remain cogent and do not propose any subsidies. I would be most gratified to hear any attention paid to the ending of ethanol subsidies.

rlaWTX said...

Excellent questions!

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