The last two Republican debates may have been fun to watch. White men with short hair arguing over trivial things always is. But it was short on substance. John King was forced to back down from his “would you care to respond to that” non-question because the audience frightened him. Wolf Blizter (he plays a journalist on tv) didn’t do much better. He might as well have shown up in bunny rabbit slippers carrying a pillow.
Below is the result of twenty minutes of procrastination. Questions I would have asked the Republican Presidential candidates.
- Virtually all major American scientific organization that has addressed the issue agrees that climate change is happening, it is caused by humans and is an imminent threat to humanity. Surveys of scientists put the consensus at upwards of 95%. Do you agree that America needs to urgently cut its carbon emissions and if not, what do you know that the scientists don’t?
- George Bush cut taxes and regulations and this didn’t prevent America from entering the worst recession in modern history. What leads you to believe that the result will be different this time?
- If a person shows up at an emergency room and can’t afford care, the taxpayer is liable for the bill. Would you favor repealing this law?
- It will never be profitable for an insurance company to admit someone with a serious pre-existing condition such as heart disease or cancer. How do you propose that we cover those people or should they be denied life saving treatment?
- Mitt Romney, you made 50,000 a day last year off your investment income. How would reducing you tax burden to almost zero help create a single job?
- As a result of deregulation, Wall Street was allowed to package tens of thousands of mortgages into securities and then sell derivatives based upon them all without any government oversight. Many if not most economists believe that was a major cause of the economic collapse of 2008. Are they wrong?
- The United States currently incarcerates over two million individuals at a cost of sixty billion dollars. Sixty percent of those inmates are non violent drug offenders. Would you advocate continuing this policy?
- Newt Gingrich, do you regret your role in the impeachment of President Clinton?
- Newt Gingrich, you have said many times that family values are an important attribute for anyone seeking high office in America. Many of those times you were simultaneously conducting adulterous relationships. Why should America trust that you’ve changed?
- 10. Ron Paul, do you agree with your son that the Civil Rights Act is unconstitutional? Should private businesses be allowed to exclude people on the basis of race?