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Be Part of the 2008 Presidential Youth Debate

Roblimo posted more than 5 years ago | from the they've-already-promised-to-answer dept.

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We participated in this project back in 2004. This year it's hosted by Walden University, and the format is a little less cumbersome than it was four years ago. So go ahead, ask some questions you'd like to see McCain and Obama answer, and they'll go into the pot along with questions submitted through other channels. Later this week you'll have a chance to help moderate the final questions chosen from all sources, and on October 20 you'll be able to see video responses from the two major party candidates. Please limit to yourself to one question per post, and note that questions must be posted no later than 4 p.m. US EDT on Monday, September 29, to be considered.

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Very telling Slashdot editor (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25187353)

Put the Democrat section first, and on the front page, when you could've easily used the Politics or US sections ahead of it.

Re:Very telling Slashdot editor (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25187409)

The bias annoys me too. I'm a registered Republican and will of course be voting for McCain. He might not have the all-encompassing "cool" that Obama does, but he's a reliable choice with good, solid policies. But if you read Slashdot or Reddit you won't get that impression at all, due to the biased story selection and editing.

Re:Very telling Slashdot editor (2, Insightful)

mctk (840035) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187479)

You also won't get that impression by listening to his running mate.

Re:Very telling Slashdot editor (0, Redundant)

Teriblows (1138203) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187491)

yup, lefty editors modding conservative comments down, very telling.

Re:Very telling Slashdot editor (3, Insightful)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187619)

I am conservative and even I am irritated at those two posts. If they are not intended to be trolls, they shouldn't feel the need to post anonymously.

Re:Very telling Slashdot editor (2, Insightful)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187543)

When did yelling "bias" become the automatic first move for you guys? All news channels except Fox News, all newspapers except the wall street journal (and then sometimes), education at all levels, educated people, any author, republicans who disagree with the administration, people with above average intelligence, blue states, slashdot, Reddit...

Or is it maybe not intentional? You're so far right that everything looks left?

Re:Very telling Slashdot editor (5, Interesting)

Everyone Is Seth (1202862) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187561)

Hear, hear! It always annoys me when my choice of candidate doesn't get the bias he deserves. I am a registered [pointless political affiliation], and I will of course be voting for [same recycled trash seen every four years]. I mindlessly eat whatever my comrades feed me and stand on that as my own principles. Without divisiveness, what else could we devote our time to in this great country? Science, education? Why? The TV contains all knowledge! Thank [Object/deity I worship] that they put the little letter beside the name. Otherwise, I would collapse in the voting booth from actually applying my brain.

Re:Very telling Slashdot editor (2, Funny)

timothy (36799) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187793)

No, that's not how it works -- even if I wish that it did.

This story is categorized in the Slashdot backend as Interviews; the other topics named for it (in order) are Politics / United States / Republican / Democrat. (And there's no way to put topics *next* to each other, or I'd be happy to.) There's honestly no significance to the order (other than the top-level section topic, in this case Interviews) that topic icons appear. It's just an artifact of the way icons are displayed that you see the Democrat icon on top; don't take it for more than what it is.

Of course, Slashdot's [left-liberal / arch-conservative / phoney-progressive /
anarcho-libertarian] slant is obvious to anyone with eyes ...

Cheers,

timothy

I can see it now... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25187359)

"all of America wants to know the following.. boxers or briefs?"

Re:I can see it now... (0, Offtopic)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187375)

Compare the real Walden [waldenu.edu] with modern Doonesbury's Walden [wikipedia.org] and you have a treatise on the condescending joke that is american politics as related to entertainment and education

Q: Did you ever suck a cock? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25187467)

John McCain: No.
Barack Obama: Yes.

I think that Obama is more honest than McCain...

Who cares about the 18-25 vote anyway? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25187447)

Not only is this demographic historically unreliable, but most of them don't pay much taxes anyway. They hear "Universal Healthcare," and their first thought is "Cool," not "How much will this cost me, and is it worth the corresponding loss in freedom to spend my money how I see fit?"

It was important to know with Clinton... (-1, Offtopic)

i_liek_turtles (1110703) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187393)

What type of underwear does the candidate wear?

important question (2, Insightful)

Digitus1337 (671442) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187417)

Do you believe that a supreme being has influence over your day to day affairs?

Re:important question (5, Insightful)

mctk (840035) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187599)

Naah, easy-out question ("God bless America!"). I think you need to pin 'em down a bit:

Do you prescribe to the belief that non-Christians will spend eternity in Hell?

If yes, what influence does this have on your dealings with non-believers?

If no, how do you reconcile this belief with the bible?

Flamebait? Really? (1)

mctk (840035) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187729)

Granted it's not the *most* important question to ask them, but boy would it be fun to watch them squirm!

Correct Answer: (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 5 years ago | (#25188031)

Obviously that's a loaded question, which is why you recieved your downward moderation. The bible doesn't say that non believers will go to hell. It does say that those that do God's work will, even if they don't know they are doing God's work. A lot of people will pretend to know what the bible says, and some Christians will pull out a single verse out of a book that sounds like what they want it to mean, but very few understand the whole thing. I think that would be an interesting question, just to see the pandering. Its quite Ironic really as there are many situations depicted in the Bible where the Pharisees try to trick Jesus in a similar fashion. I'm guessing the Politicians wouldn't be up to the task of formulating a response that turns the tables.

MOD parent up, damnit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25187661)

Shouldn't we be a little more lenient concerning flamebait concerning this story?

Varying royalty rates for offshore drilling (4, Interesting)

Kligat (1244968) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187427)

Currently the Minerals Management Services in the Department of the Interior has companies pay between 12.5% and 18.75% royalties to use United States public land, depending on the mineral being harvested. Senator, do you believe that the amount of royalties they pay should also vary depending on environmental sensitivity, such as when drilling offshore?

This is not a question as to whether we should, and it is addressed to both candidates.

Re:Varying royalty rates for offshore drilling (1)

drums.r.better (1373595) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187499)

Thats a good question. Informed voters should be interested in candidate's answers.

Re:Varying royalty rates for offshore drilling (1)

Tyger (126248) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187799)

And I'm sure both of said voters will be paying close attention.

Re:Varying royalty rates for offshore drilling (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187663)

This is not a question as to whether we should, and it is addressed to both candidates.

Don't bother clarifying the question, politicians don't answer the question they were asked but the question they want to answer.

The most important question (1, Redundant)

Mike1024 (184871) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187453)

I think the most important question, the one we all want to hear the answer to, is: How do I patch KDE2 under FreeBSD? [wikipedia.org]

Alternative Energy (1)

CSMatt (1175471) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187469)

As president, what forms of alternative energy will you be advocating, if any?

A serious question for both candidates (1, Insightful)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187473)

Why do you consider yourself qualified to be President of the United States of America?

Flamebait (2, Insightful)

Boronx (228853) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187487)

John McCain, you've voted for a law to legalize torture for suspected enemy combatants. Do you regret that decision? Does your decision imply that the actions of your captors in North Vietnam were appropriate?

John McCain, you were neck deep in what was up till now the biggest banking scandal and bailout in US history. Does this experience give you any special insight into the current credit crisis?

John McCain, in a recent interview you apparently did not know that Spain is a European country and a close ally. You spoke as if they were some kind of potential enemy in Latin America, even though you were reminded three times that you were discussing Spain. Later, your spokesman said that your dissing of Spain was intentional. Is either interpretation of the interview correct?

What kind of man calls his wife a "cunt" in public?

Re:Flamebait (1, Insightful)

Kierthos (225954) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187811)

Senator McCain, why won't you release your full medical records?

Don't you feel... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25187493)

Don't you feel that elections in the USA are a sham these days, and that for the most part, there is no real difference between the two major parties - beyond superficial ones that get blown out of proportion in an effort to make it seem like people actually have a choice?

I got one. (0, Redundant)

legoman666 (1098377) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187495)

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75-year old Texas rancher whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Sarah Palin and her bid to be a heartbeat away from being President . The old rancher said, 'Well, ya know, Palin is a post turtle.' Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a post turtle was. The old rancher said, 'When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle.'

The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to explain. 'You know she didn't get up there by herself, she doesn't belong up there, she doesn't know what to do while she is up there, and you just wonder what kind of dumb idiot put her up there to begin with.

So my question is: Sen. McCain, why'd you put that turtle on that post?

Re:I got one. (1)

i_liek_turtles (1110703) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187591)

McCain is a reptile, and needed some cold-blooded company.

Re:I got one. (1)

dunezone (899268) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187617)

So my question is: Sen. McCain, why'd you put that turtle on that post?

Hes a maverick, do I need say more?

Re:I got one. (4, Funny)

arb phd slp (1144717) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187725)

So my question is: Sen. McCain, why'd you put that turtle on that post?

Are you trying to determine if he's a replicant?

Fine Arts (1)

Badgerzilla (1374175) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187497)

As a member of several public school fine arts groups, I know the value they have and how positively influential they are to developing children. My question is: how will you ensure that fine arts (bands, choral groups, theatre, et cetera) both remain in public schools and are sufficiently well-funded to function at a high level? This question is directed to both candidates.

Gun Control (4, Insightful)

Remik (412425) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187503)

Senator Obama, you voiced limited approval for the Supreme Court's Heller decision, overturning the handgun ban (as it related to self defense in the home) in the District of Columbia. You stated, "As President, I will uphold the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun-owners, hunters, and sportsmen. I know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne."

Given that the streets of Chicago were deadlier [cbs2chicago.com] this summer than the streets of Baghdad, is the handgun ban 'working' in Chicago? And, is it Constitutional?

Re:Gun Control (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25187531)

And, what part of "shall not be infringed" to you not understand?

Re:Gun Control (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25187851)

And what part of "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state..." do YOU not understand?

Re:Gun Control (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25188011)

You are a disgrace to the memories of the men who risked life and property to give you the second amendment. If you don't want to own a gun, fine. If you don't want me to own a gun, then come and take it from me, douchebag.

Re:Gun Control (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25188043)

Your mentally retarded "argument" was destroyed in D.C. v. Heller.

For demonstrating sub-human intellect, and for denying the individual nature of the Second Amendment, you need to be killed.

Re:Gun Control (3, Interesting)

SoapBox17 (1020345) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187559)

Hardly deadlier. That article is comparing the deaths of (mostly) unarmed civilians with the deaths of armed troops. If anything, that could be used to highlight the potential of widely adopted gun ownership to save lives because criminals are deterred by the possibility of getting shot.

Ask all you want, guys... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25187511)

...but the only real, honest answer you'll ever receive from ANY politician will be while he's at gunpoint. Can we make it a job requirement that their genitalia be wired up to electrodes for the entirety of their political career?

A question of change... (2, Insightful)

SoapBox17 (1020345) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187513)

Change has had a major spotlight in this campaign, and I think it is obvious everyone in the country is hungry for "change" in politics. What, specifically, will you do to bring noticeable, positive change to the office of the President of the United States of America?

How would you break the deadlock (0, Redundant)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187525)

How would you help break the deadlock on the Get Up/Get Down [theonion.com] issue?

Couple of easy ones for the old guy (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25187537)

1) What has more intelligence - a rock or Sarah Palin?

2) Who would be more dangerous as President if you croak in office: Sarah Palin, Mickey Mouse or homeless guy in the parking lot peeing in his pants?

In the long term (4, Insightful)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187547)

In the long term, since FDR, the country has moved in the direction of socialism.
At what point should this drift be made explicit via Constitutional Amendment,
to shut up the cranks like me
who think that Social Security is a 10th Amendment violation?

Re:In the long term (1)

i_liek_turtles (1110703) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187631)

Is this a haiku?

Re:In the long term (1)

mike2R (721965) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187649)

Too many syllables, not enough meaning.

Evolution/Creationism (3, Interesting)

pumpkinpuss (1276420) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187551)

Do you support the inclusion of creationism alongside evolution in high school curricula? If so, how can you justify teaching a science class with creationism's Christian slant? Also, how can you justify the potential unequal representation of Christianity's story when compared to creation stories told by other major religions?

Political Philosopys (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187557)

We've seen and heard the repetition of your various slogans ad nauseum. They truly are brilliantly composed as they manage to be both bland and offensive while informing the population of nothing. Its campaigning via emotion about nothing. I truly hoped that Sen Obama and Sen McCain would gain the nominations of their respective parties as I thought they would institute a more substantial election on the issues themselves. That hope has been thoroughly extinguished. Democracies are dependent on the vote of an educated voter.

So my question is this: What would you do as president to help the average citizen make a more informed vote?

Copyright (1)

jx100 (453615) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187565)

What will you do to change the balance of copyright to be more in favor of the average citizen and less in favor of the large media companies? Will you work to overturn the DMCA and the PRO-IP acts (and other, similar legislation)?

Use of Military (and thereby tax dollars) (1)

Hettch (692387) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187573)

In your time as President of the US, will the US military presence be increased and expanded globally or will expect to see a decrease in deployed armed forces?

Government Spending (1)

Mateo_LeFou (859634) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187579)

The two of you, like almost every presidential candidate I can recall, vow to curb government spending. Please list some of the cuts you would make, and what percentage of the budget would be saved by their elimination or reduction.

Re:Government Spending (1)

slashgrim (1247284) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187979)

Removing billions in spending, weaseled into unrelated bills, would quickly cut about 2% of the Federal budget: Earmarks [wikipedia.org] .

Now they just have to figure a way to curb the other 98%.

For both. (5, Insightful)

DragonTHC (208439) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187581)

For both candidates:
In the past 10 years, the Internet has brought consumers more options than ever for communication and entertainment. Our current laws regarding copyright and intellectual property don't adequately describe or encompass intangible digital content which can be infinitely copied with out impacting originals. Do you support the massive entertainment lobby in effecting legilsation that promotes the erosion of consumer rights and choices of a free market or do you believe that the market itself should decide which business models are successful?

Two Parties (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25187601)

Do you believe that the two party system is good for the American people?

Net Neutrality (1)

moniker127 (1290002) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187607)

Do you support net neutrality, and if so, what are your plans to ensure that the internet remains neutral?

Why don't y'all just fuck off (0, Flamebait)

crush (19364) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187637)

And clear the way for Ralph Nader?

On second thoughts, don't bother answering, just fuck off.

Re:Why don't y'all just fuck off (1)

Alien Being (18488) | more than 5 years ago | (#25188047)

The debates are a farce. The U.S. political system is a farce. Dems? Farce. GOP? Farce.

The answer is clear. Of our two current choices, none are good. We must find another choice.

When Nader speaks, I hear him telling the truth, at least as he sees it. That makes him the only candidate worth of election.

I don't agree with everything he says; he's too liberal. On the other hand, our nation needs a good hard shove in the liberal direction right about now.

Nader is the right person for the job.

question: (4, Interesting)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187671)

Where is the congressional accountability for the subprime loan mess? The Bush administration, as well as democratic members of congress, pushed for Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac to make more loans to poor people, inner city hispanics, african americans, etc. Not surprisingly, they defaulted (maybe that's why they weren't given loans in the first place?) and everyone is suffering as a result.

All I hear is complaints about greedy wallstreet types. What about the people who signed up for loans they couldn't afford? What about the congress that ignore Allan Greenspan's 2005 testimony that Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac were a serious problem? What about the congress that didn't believe poor credit meant an increased risk in defaulting on a loan?

Promoting Science/Engineering (1)

jb68321 (1123905) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187673)

-What measures would you support on the state and/or federal level to enhance K-12 science, math, & engineering-geared education?
-Given that recently, the government stopped subsidizing student loans for graduate students... How would your administration help encourage research & continued education in colleges/universities (undergrad AND grad school)?
-Would your research initiatives refuse funding for programs such as stem-cell research that some religious groups find immoral?

And by the way: Don't think it's just minorities getting those need-based loans... my family & I paid for every bit of my engineering education via subsidized student loans + unsubsidized parent loans. There's no other way to pay for >$100k in 4 years.

My question is... (0, Flamebait)

Daswolfen (1277224) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187689)

... that for a party that is supposed to be the party of acceptance and tolerance, why does most of the hate and vitriol come from the left view point?

Re:My question is... (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187789)

...hate and vitriol come from the left view point?

I'm sure they don't see themselves that way.

To both candidates: (1)

pxc (938367) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187695)

What do you intend to do about the apparent econ^H^H^H^H Slashdot political troll crisis, and what specific amendments do you have in mind for the bailout p^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H moderation system?

Faggots (1)

pieisgood (841871) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187719)

What will you do to re-instate the Banking Act of 1933? If at all.

I'm too old you insensitive clod (1, Interesting)

Charles Dodgeson (248492) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187721)

That site limits questions to those 35 or under. I'm wondering if that 35 year cut off is coincidental. (A US President must be 35 or older).

But anyway, here is the question I would ask

I have great admiration for the positions and the way of thinking that both of you displayed prior to your running for President. As the campaigns have progressed I have been experiencing growing disgust at the populism of your new positions, whether it be promising tax cuts or supporting protectionism (just two of many examples). So I would support the candidate whom I believe will break most of his campaign promises. Which one of you is that?

Not a specific question, but (5, Insightful)

staeiou (839695) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187723)

I'm saddened by the initial slate of questions proposed here. Instead of sending rhetorically-charged questions about the hot button issues that will assuredly be addressed in any debate (spending, healthcare, the economy, gun control, abortion, the war/military, outdated ideological labels, and vague issues of credibility, change, responsibility and accountability), why don't we mod up questions about issues that affect the kinds of news stories we see on this site each and every day? I'm talking about issues of copyright, net neutrality, science funding, patents, the FCC, e-voting, space exploration, and open source adoption in governmental agencies.

Congressional Reform (1)

dfranks (180507) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187731)

Do you think that the American public should be satisfied with a Congress with a 20% approval rating? If not, what changes would you propose to create a Congress that works more effectively for the American Public?

Election democratization (5, Insightful)

aylusarn (1310877) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187733)

Senators McCain and Obama;

Will you demand the inclusion of other candidates in the remaining presidential debates, as the majority of the American public does? Namely, the ones with sufficient ballot presence to win are; Cynthia McKinney (Green), Ralph Nader (Independent), Bob Barr (Libertarian), and Chuck Baldwin (Constitution).

Copyrights terms (4, Interesting)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187739)

Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution, known as the Copyright Clause, states:

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.

Currently, copyrights last 50-70 years after the creator's death. How does this advance Science and useful Arts?

FairTax (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187751)

Do you support the FairTax? Why or why not?

Voting system (4, Interesting)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187755)

Do you plan on making changes to the antiquated voting system, especially its tendency to give minority voters (whether third party or just the unfavoured party in their state) no ability to influence the outcome of an election? Do you think the voting system does or does not have an influence on the feeling of disenfranchisement among voters and the low voter turnouts?

Long term (1)

Xordan (943619) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187765)

A lot seems to be done for the short term in the USA - either to make quick money or as a stop gap solution to a problem. What I would like to know is what you have planned which will benefit my children and grand-children. What policies do you have which will give a noticeable and lasting change for generations to come?

The Iran Issue (3, Interesting)

Eli Gottlieb (917758) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187767)

Iran is the second most vibrant democracy in the Middle East, and the USA's invasion of Iraq has allowed Iran to make a shot at becoming a regional power. How do you plan to broker friendship between Iran, the USA, and Israel?

Missile Defense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25187775)

Senator Obama, in the debate you said you "actually believe we need missile defense" but every speech up until then you promised to cut spending on our best-in-class missile defense system, calling it "unproven." Likewise Biden has consistently voted against Missile Defense systems going back to the Regan era.

So my question is: besides basic R&D, which is already on-going, how specifically will you support development of Missile Defense?

Re:Missile Defense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25187857)

If anyone is curious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP06C37o35Q

And as for "unproven," defense is only proven when used! Testing can only show that your system can protect from the testers using specific test cases, not from a creative enemy.

Just hypothetically... (0, Flamebait)

SpinyNorman (33776) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187779)

Who would make the more dangerous president:

1) A senile "maverick' who thinks a hockey mom would be america's best defense against bin Laben if he himself croaks

2) A hockey mom who got her first passport last year, and thinks dinosaurs are 6000 years old

Lack of time in Congress (3, Insightful)

ageoffri (723674) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187783)

Senators McCain and Obama by your actions in the last year to two years you have demonstrated that campaigning for President of the United States is a full time job. So what is your justification for not resigning your Senate position and allowing another person from your State to devote their full attention to the duties of a Senator?

Corporate Monopolism. (1)

crhylove (205956) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187803)

It's pretty clear that corporate monopolies run everything now, and to the detriment of humanity and all other living things. Which candidate is going to do something so that small business can replace the corporate behemoths that have already destroyed the economy, democracy, ruined freedom of the press, are actively destroying the environment, ruining public health, and also destroying education?

Is either candidate going to fight against AOL/Time Warner, Viacom, Disney, Bertelsmann, and News Corp to get REAL information, news, and education to the public?

Are you finally going to eliminate the Federal Reserve and go back to the gold standard so we can eliminate inflation and have a vibrant healthy economy, or are you going to allow the large corporate banks to continue to fleece and enslave the populace?

Are you going to finally allow individuals to broadcast and share information, or is the death grip the FCC has on the airwaves solely for corporate monopolist benefit going to continue?

Are our elections going to continue to be rigged by Diebold, both major parties, and the corroboration of corporate media, or will American's votes be counted again?

Why did both candidates pick unqualified pathological liars as running mates instead of Ron Paul, or Dennis Kucinich, or another candidate who might actually represent the will of the people?

Who killed JFK? It's been 45 years, don't you think the American public have a right to know? /me waits patiently to be modded into oblivion by the corporate drones.

I wouldn't expect a serious answer (1)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187823)

Given that 'talking points' are very much in fashion and I've yet to see either candidate answer a question in a straightforward and to the point way.

If they are going to answer questions without resorting to bullshit then this would be mine:

"What are you going to do to ensure that the two party deadlock will be broken and would you be willing to do that anyway if you knew your party would eventually diminish in power because of this?"

follow up:

"Are you willing to swear that you will not break your campaign promises and vacate the office you will be elected to if you do break those promises?"

It would be a sure way to identify the candidate that would put country before themselves.

An election should be like a binding contract, instead it is more of a bait-and-switch.

How about ending the Insane War on Some Drugs? (1)

timothy (36799) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187839)

I'm not a fan of either of these guys, or their parties. But I'd be much more interested (and possibly eager to vote for one of them) if McCain (ha!) or Obama (ha!) would say something about ending -- or at least mitigating -- the proudly silly ("zero tolerance") drug policies which result in crowded prisons, a bootlegger's market, intolerance for private property and decisions, and lowered respect for the law.

So, John, Barry, do either of you even care to address the low-hanging fruit, by lopping off a corner (let's say, for now, growing and / or possessing small amounts of marijuana) of this giant cancer on the country? Or will you just bloviate as usual on the "scourge of drugs" despite the discretionary nature of many aspects of the so-called War on Drugs?

I'll be waiting for your answer in my fortified bunker ...

timothy

Electoral College (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187845)

Do you feel that the winner-take-all system of the Electoral College is fair to voters, especially minorities?

Russia (1)

Xordan (943619) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187847)

I believe that treating Russia like it's still the USSR is not the way to go about improving world security.

I see the US provoking Russia in a lot of ways, from building missile defence systems on their doorstep (can Russia build one on Cuba?), to totally ignoring that Georgia starting shelling Russian citizens in South Ossetia *before* Russia entered Georgian territory and treating it like they 'invaded' with no reason.

So based on that I ask, how will you go about improving relations with countries like Russia? Right now we're doing the opposite of that, so I'd like to see a plan of how to reverse this trend.

Re:Russia (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187905)

(can Russia build one on Cuba?)

How would a missile defense system on Cuba protect Russia? I don't think many ICBMs aimed at Russia would launch from the Gulf and head south/southeast. Maybe in Canada, if Canada would allow it, but Cuba seems to be a ridiculous place for a defensive system.

Re:Russia (1)

Xordan (943619) | more than 5 years ago | (#25188023)

Well North Korea aren't going to shoot over Russia and Europe are they? :)
As for the middle east.. could go either way. Most likely to not shoot anything and bring it in via ship in a suitcase, where security is rather lax.

The point is that the whole system is ridiculous. All it does is make Russia edgy.

Re:Russia (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#25188069)

Well North Korea aren't going to shoot over Russia and Europe are they? :)

Russian missile defense system... in Cuba... to protect Russia from North Korea? I must be misunderstanding you.

As for the middle east.. could go either way. Most likely to not shoot anything and bring it in via ship in a suitcase, where security is rather lax.

The point is that the whole system is ridiculous. All it does is make Russia edgy.

Again: Missile defense system in Cuba to protect Russia from the Middle East? I'm confused. :-(

Hard Questions for Senator Obama (1, Insightful)

Apple Acolyte (517892) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187855)

Senator Obama, why are you opposed to restructuring Social Security into a system of private accounts, insured and invested very conservatively, so that people can actually own the retirement funds they produce, instead of the current system in which workers are robbed to pay current retirees with the remaining surplus being spent by the government?

Senator Obama, given that Medicare is an even bigger drain than Social Security and will go bust along with it as the Baby Boomers retire, why are you proposing to nationalize the health coverage of the entire country in a style similar to Medicare?

Senator Obama, wouldn't your proposal to nationalize health coverage simply encourage people and companies to drop their current coverage and pile on to the government plan?

Senator Obama, would your proposal to nationalize health coverage cover non-citizens and thereby represent an additional incentive for illegal immigration?

Senator Obama, why are you opposed to Health Savings Account plans, which would protect people from catastrophic illness costs while giving them a monetary incentives to seek treatment early and stay healthier?

Senator Obama, do you think that soaking the so-called "rich" alone will allow for the funding of your indulgent domestic spending agenda, and what makes you think that you won't be punishing incentive and encouraging the "rich" to work less and even hide more in order to avoid excessive taxation?

Senator Obama, will you commit to balancing the federal budget?

Senator Obama, you claim to want to give the "middle class" a tax cut, but at the same time you propose to raise capital gains taxes, the death tax and corporate taxes, among others. Wouldn't your tax scheme harm many small businesses and small investors, indeed much of the "middle class" you claim to want to help?

Senator Obama, are you familiar with the Laffer Curve?

Senator Obama, given your radical connections (Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Father Flager) and your past radical Chicago politics, as well as your younger days in which you gravitated to Marxism, why should voters believe you when you claim to be a moderate?

Senator Obama, will you repudiate the leftist radicals represented by the sites like dailykos?

Senator Obama, do you support coercing the Israeli government to make more suicidal concessions to its avowed enemies, thereby continuing the failed "Peace Process" initiated under President Bill Clinton?

Senator Obama, if diplomacy fails with Iran, would you allow the country to produce nuclear weapons?

Senator Obama, do you find it problematic that you have been endorsed by the Al Qaeda Arab terrorist network?

Senator Obama, since the surge has worked and has led to the fulfillment of most of the benchmarks set by Congress for its success, is your reluctance to recognize that success based primarily on political expediency?

Senator Obama, will you ever admit your party's culpability in the Sub-Prime crisis (i.e. Clinton's Community Reinvestment Act; Barney Frank declaring the GSEs sound in 2003; Democrats resisting reform of the GSEs in 2003 and 2005)?

Senator Obama, what do the terms liberty and freedom mean to you in political and economic contexts?

Let's see any of these get asked!

Re:Hard Questions for Senator Obama (1)

Roblimo (357) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187991)

Some of them might -- if they are asked by someone who asks one question per post, as requested. :)

Re:Hard Questions for Senator Obama (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#25188025)

What is that blue symbol I see next to your UID? Do you work for Slashdot's corporate overlord?

Re:Hard Questions for Senator Obama (1)

Apple Acolyte (517892) | more than 5 years ago | (#25188061)

Senator Obama, why are you opposed to restructuring Social Security into a system of private accounts, insured and invested very conservatively, so that people can actually own the retirement funds they produce, instead of the current system in which workers are robbed to pay current retirees with the remaining surplus being spent by the government?

Re:Hard Questions for Senator Obama (2, Insightful)

Apple Acolyte (517892) | more than 5 years ago | (#25188063)

Senator Obama, given that Medicare is an even bigger drain than Social Security and will go bust along with it as the Baby Boomers retire, why are you proposing to nationalize the health coverage of the entire country in a style similar to Medicare?

Re:Hard Questions for Senator Obama (2, Interesting)

Apple Acolyte (517892) | more than 5 years ago | (#25188079)

Senator Obama, you claim to want to give the "middle class" a tax cut, but at the same time you propose to raise capital gains taxes, the death tax and corporate taxes, among others. Wouldn't your tax scheme harm many small businesses and small investors, indeed much of the "middle class" you claim to want to help?

Re:Hard Questions for Senator Obama (1)

Apple Acolyte (517892) | more than 5 years ago | (#25188089)

Senator Obama, since the surge has worked and has led to the fulfillment of most of the benchmarks set by Congress for its success, is your reluctance to recognize that success based primarily on political expediency?

Re:Hard Questions for Senator Obama (1)

Apple Acolyte (517892) | more than 5 years ago | (#25188097)

Senator Obama, will you ever admit your party's culpability in the Sub-Prime crisis (i.e. Clinton's Community Reinvestment Act; Barney Frank declaring the GSEs sound in 2003; Democrats resisting reform of the GSEs in 2003 and 2005)?

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (5, Interesting)

BungaDunga (801391) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187869)

I've submitted the following: The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is a legally binding set of basic rights for minors (http://www.unicef.org/crc/). The only two countries which are not signatories to the CRC are Somalia and the United States. Somalia has not had a functioning government for some time. As President, would you seek the ratification the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child?

Question for both. (1)

Sasayaki (1096761) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187881)

As an Australian, there's a common feeling in our country (particularly amongst those old enough to remember World War II, but not exclusively) that Australia owes America a great debt for its assistance during that conflict. Specifically, the battle of the Coral Sea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Coral_Sea).

Due to this debt, Australian forces have followed United States forces into military action in Korea, Vietnam, and both Gulf Wars. With our forces currently in both Iraq and Afghanistan, there is a growing feeling that we have repaid our debt and, given that the most populous Muslim nation is right outside our doorstep, that we should not further antagonize the Muslim world.

What action would a McCain/Obama government take in regards to an ally such as Australia ending their commitment to the so-called War on Terrorism?

McCain, will you go for smaller govt. in taxes? (1)

timothy (36799) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187891)

I'll address this one only to McCain, since Obama's made his confiscatory tendencies clearer:

Mr. McCain: Would you strongly consider a flat national sales tax proposal (even one with "Fair Tax"-style exceptions and give-backs) as an alternative to payroll taxes and nesting layers of loopholes? If not, please explain your reasoning.

timothy

Social Security (1)

Matteo522 (996602) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187899)

As a professional in my mid-twenties, I pay a large portion of my paycheck to social security benefits for an ever-increasing elderly population. While I understand that I have a civic duty to assist those in need, I often wonder if tomorrow's youth and government will be able and willing to help me in forty-some years when I need it. Do you believe that Social Security, in its current form, will be available for my generation, and if not, what specifically do you see wrong with it and how will you address it?

Maybe they can get a 5th grader to debate Palin (0, Troll)

Dr. Spork (142693) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187907)

If it was a smart 5th grader, Palin would still probably lose, but at least it would be a whole lot more fair and entertaining than the stuff we'll have to watch.

Economy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25187945)

What would you have done to prevent the economic crash if you you had been President for the last 8 years?

Malignant Melanoma History (1)

Szechuan Vanilla (1363495) | more than 5 years ago | (#25187993)

Senator McCain: how many malignant melanoma lesions have you had removed, what was the thickness and stage of each malignant melanoma lesion you have had (including the biopsy taken in July of this year), and do you have any malignant melanoma now?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanoma [wikipedia.org]

The last section here is from a May 2008 New York Times; McCain had another biopsy done in July 2008 about which no information has been released. You'd think that if the biopsy were good news, they'd release the data, right? Note that the survival rate for metastatic malignant melanoma is between 9 and 60% over 5 years: if any of McCain's cancer lesions were metastatic, he'd be so sick before he died that during his presidency he'd be useless.

  = = =

But buried in 1,173 pages of medical records that McCain's campaign released before the conference call was something not previously made public: Two pathologists at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology who examined the melanoma specimen from McCain's left temple in 2000 suggested there were two melanomas on his temple, not one, as his doctors had said publicly at the time.

McCain's campaign and doctors did not respond Friday to a request for clarification of the Armed Forces pathology report and the classification of the melanoma.

Third Parties (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25188003)

If you both believe in the free marketplace, why does that not apply to political ideas as well?

If you both love America so much and celebrate its freedoms, why aren't you both willing to allow third parties into debates? Furthermore, why won't you ease up restrictions and groups that actively prevent third party candidates from appearing on ballots?

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