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Presidential Youth Debate Answers and Details Now Online

timothy posted about 6 years ago | from the sometimes-you-have-to-take-the-bad-with-the-bad dept.

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Last month, Slashdot readers contributed their own inquiries to the pool of questions for the Walden University Presidential Youth Debate. Two of those questions made the cut, and you can watch either the individual video responses to each of the questions presented to John McCain and Barack Obama (by scrolling down the just-linked debate home page), or the whole debate straight through. For something meatier, if you are weary of predictably slippery campaign-style answers, Ethan Rowe of End Point has a very interesting blog post about the technology background of the debate.

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Oh boy oh boy (-1, Offtopic)

alexborges (313924) | about 6 years ago | (#25576769)

Yay FP!

No?

Pffft.

This will be yet another parody... (1, Troll)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | about 6 years ago | (#25576775)

...thanks to Diebold.

Transcript (2, Informative)

Cookie3 (82257) | about 6 years ago | (#25576883)

Are transcripts of the video responses available anywhere? I checked quickly, but there doesn't appear to be one on the main site. It's a shame that such a 'high-tech' 'debate' can't deliver information to those unable to hear the responses.

I've had enough! (-1, Redundant)

BitHive (578094) | about 6 years ago | (#25576943)

I'm done. http://thisfuckingelection.com/ [thisfuckingelection.com]

Re:I've had enough! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25577277)

I'm done.

http://thisfuckingelection.com/ [thisfuckingelection.com]

I'll bite. What exactly is that link?

Re:I've had enough! (1)

nevillethedevil (1021497) | about 6 years ago | (#25578773)

Not sure but I vote for Dr No and Cleavage

Two From Slashdot? (2, Interesting)

Golddess (1361003) | about 6 years ago | (#25577033)

Out of curiosity, which two questions came from /.?

Re:Two From Slashdot? (2)

Paradoks (711398) | about 6 years ago | (#25578175)

I'd have to assume that the first part of question 6, "Electronic voting machines have been shown to be inaccurate, with some not leaving a verifiable paper trail, making a recount impossible." came from Slashdot.

That said, I watched the responses to that question, and neither of the candidates even pretended to address the issue.

Of course, they also didn't answer the second part of the question, "Many Americans object to the continued existence of The Electoral College in The Information Age, and to the exclusion of third-party candidates in the Presidential Debates sponsored by the CPD.".

And, to finish off the question, "What will you do to ensure that the Election process is democratic and that my vote will be counted in this election, or the next?", did seem to be somewhat answered, but not with anything I haven't already heard from twenty other articles.

I suppose it's nice to know that the issues that matter to the Slashdot crowd are so unimportant to the rest of society that they're not worth bothering to answer. Sure, that's cynical, but at least we know what the mountain we're climbing looks like.

Re:Two From Slashdot? (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | about 6 years ago | (#25580583)

Q6 is the only answer I watched (the site is currently a bit slow, so transcripts would help more than just the deaf). Anyway I agree wholeheartedly with your post, neither of them answered anything except the "What will you do to ensure...that my vote will be counted in this election.." To summarise their answers, McCain - "Get myself elected and keep Obama out of the whitehouse"; Obama - "Build statewide registration databases".

As I said the audio was a bit jumpy but I'm old and patient. I do not recall hearing either candidate utter any of the following words/phrases: electronic, machines, accuracy, electrol collage, paper, verifiable, third party, recount, debate...BUT...the "smoking gun" that proves beyond a shadow of doubt that they have absolutely no respect for our question - neither of them even attempted a Jedi handwave...

Re:Two From Slashdot? (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | about 6 years ago | (#25583587)

I suppose it's nice to know that the issues that matter to the Slashdot crowd are so unimportant to the rest of society that they're not worth bothering to answer.

And when has either of those two gave a real answer to a question that wouldn't make them look absolutely glowing? This is a problem with how politicians behave, not issues being unimportant to society (although that could be the case too).

Re:Two From Slashdot? (1)

Paradoks (711398) | more than 5 years ago | (#25589809)

This is a problem with how politicians behave, not issues being unimportant to society (although that could be the case too).

I thought about that when I posted, and I said what I did because I disagree with your point.

What I'd like is for one of the candidates to say, "We have to make sure that all the election equipment, including the electronic voting machines, count every ballot as it was cast.".

They don't have to say that they want to get rid of electronic voting machines, or whether or not they think the law should require voter-verified paper ballots on the machines.

Mind you, I'd like it if they did that, but I'm just asking for a pretend response, so I can move on to complaining about how politicians can't give a straight, useful answer.

Can you think of other issues where the politicians have similarly entirely avoided the issue? (I know that's a bit like proving there's not a purple giraffe in Africa, but it's an honest question.)

Re:Two From Slashdot? (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 5 years ago | (#25592183)

Can you think of other issues where the politicians have similarly entirely avoided the issue?

The one that springs to mind immediately is a question that was asked during the VP debate (and the moderator also mentioned that it had been asked to the presidential candidates, but I didn't see that myself): in light of the major events that have happened this past week, what are some promises that your campaign has made that you will not be able to keep?

Great question, and of course, Palin and Biden both completely sidestepped it. I was disgusted, if not surprised.

Re:Two From Slashdot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25579783)

Question 12 is from Slashdot (it's mine, actually).

The question we failed to ask (5, Insightful)

Toffins (1069136) | about 6 years ago | (#25577093)

Why are Federal taxpayers forced to pay $6 billion to Goldman Sachs for a bailout to save it from failure and bankruptcy and at the same time Goldman Sachs is ready to pay its senior staff $7 billion in bonuses for Christmas??? [dailymail.co.uk] We have failed to ask the one question that goes to the heart of what's going on. Stop this nonsense, NOW!

Re:The question we failed to ask (3, Interesting)

Foobar of Borg (690622) | about 6 years ago | (#25577151)

Why are Federal taxpayers forced to pay $6 billion to Goldman Sachs for a bailout to save it from failure and bankruptcy and at the same time Goldman Sachs is ready to pay its senior staff $7 billion in bonuses for Christmas??? We have failed to ask the one question that goes to the heart of what's going on. Stop this nonsense, NOW!

Well, there is at least a partial answer here [youtube.com] .

Re:The question we failed to ask (2)

Toffins (1069136) | about 6 years ago | (#25577269)

I think that's not good enough. The people surely have the right to know the presidential candidates' answers to this vital question before we decide which one to elect. If we can't or won't even try putting the question to them directly now, we might as well just stop pretending the whole thing is anything but a fancy charade. This is the only time we the people can hope to put the candidates under significant pressure, which is the threat of not being elected.

Re:The question we failed to ask (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25580653)

And if that doesn't work, there's always a chance you get to a Rick Astley video instead.

Re:The question we failed to ask (2, Informative)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | about 6 years ago | (#25577265)

Quoting the Daily Fail is never a good idea..

That's 1.5bn christmas bonus shared between 10,000 staff and 5.5bn in salary that they'd have to pay anyway.

Yes it's a big figure, but it's nowhere *near* as bad as the headline would suggest.

Re:The question we failed to ask (2, Interesting)

Toffins (1069136) | about 6 years ago | (#25577351)

So, let me get this straight. Taxpayers are paying $7bn to rescue Goldman, just so Goldman can pay "only" $1.5bn in bonuses as a reward for the incompetence and greed that caused the failure. Whether the bonuses total 1.5bn or whatever, the whole thing stinks of rewarding the incompetents with a taxpayer handout - socialism at its finest.

Re:The question we failed to ask (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25577675)

That's really funny. First, you quote someone a with $6 billion bailout/$7 billion bonuses number. Then, when shown that your bailout number is false, you cleverly refer to the $7bn number for the bailout, which people will believe because they now think $1.5bn is the bonus, and remember you saying $7bn elsewhere.

Re:The question we failed to ask (2, Informative)

gnud (934243) | about 6 years ago | (#25578029)

Giving money away to private corporations has nothing at all to do with socialism.

Re:The question we failed to ask (1)

Toffins (1069136) | about 6 years ago | (#25578489)

I was referring to the hideous gut feeling of knowing that the government is forcibly taking $6bn from taxpayers and giving it away to a private corporation that promptly gives a large part of it as bonuses to private individuals. It seems fundamentally wrong for government to be the one supplying money that lets Goldman reward the incompetents who played a big role in getting themselves and everyone else into the credit mess. I really think we ought to hear the presidential candidates' views about what's going on, and why/whether they support it. Don't you think we ought to hear what the candidates think about it?? I really think we do.

Re:The question we failed to ask (1)

jaxtherat (1165473) | about 6 years ago | (#25579931)

You still haven't explained how that has anything to do with socialism.

Re:The question we failed to ask (1)

Toffins (1069136) | about 6 years ago | (#25580173)

The way I see it high taxes and socialism always go together. The bailout will cost $700 billion (and could be even more). That's huge. That's eventually going to be paid for by a lot of tax on the taxpayers during the period of some future administration.

Re:The question we failed to ask (1)

Breakfast Pants (323698) | about 6 years ago | (#25580411)

The word you are looking for is fascism. The bailout is fascism. Big government in bed with big business.

Re:The question we failed to ask (1)

gnud (934243) | about 6 years ago | (#25584809)

Well, socialism would probably mean high taxes, because you would need to fund healthcare, education and other services. But that doesn't mean that any use of tax money is socialism.

( a -> b does not imply that b -> a)

Re:The question we failed to ask (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25582733)

Hideous gut feelings aren't socialism, either.

Re:The question we failed to ask (2, Insightful)

travbrad (622986) | about 6 years ago | (#25578897)

Exactly, because with true socialism both the profits and losses would be shared. What we have here is no-risk "capitalism". Sort of the worst parts of capitalism combined with the worst parts of socialism.

Re:The question we failed to ask (1)

plasmacutter (901737) | about 6 years ago | (#25580559)

"no risk capitalism" as the result of government policy is called "corporate welfare".

Re:The question we failed to ask (1)

FatherOfONe (515801) | about 6 years ago | (#25585877)

I kind of wonder why your comment wasn't marked as funny.

"Giving money away to private corporations has nothing at all to do with socialism."

Taking money from tax payers and funding business isn't exactly socialism per say but it is one GIANT step in that direction. Add to the problem with having government sponsored entities around to give loans to people who could never afford them and you are on your way from capitalism to socialism.

(Go to Youtube and search for Fanny and Freddie and you will see who really didn't want regulation on Fanny and Freddie.)

I guess we can understand why Obama voted for the bailout, and why the majority of Democrats voted for it, but it appears that the president and some republicans were also on the payroll.

Re:The question we failed to ask (2, Insightful)

laddiebuck (868690) | about 6 years ago | (#25579685)

Why is this modded troll? All but the last flamebait sentence is perfectly true and cuts to the heart of the matter. And I say this as a socialist.

Re:The question we failed to ask (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25579737)

And I say this as a socialist.

Hello Sen. Obama, could you please do your nation a favor and pull out of the current election?

Re:The question we failed to ask (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25578341)

5.5bn in salary that they'd have to pay anyway.

Really? Why? They failed. The company is bankrupt (essentially).

I'm sure they all got paid a lot in previous years. This year they can do without. If they don't like it - they can leave and look for a job elsewhere. Good luck.

I've survived entire years without a job or any income (several in fact). Let them use up some of their bank accounts, equity, and retirement savings (401 K) like I did. (Yes those are all down. They are still not zero and I am sure most of these people still have plenty of personal wealth. I bet they are all in the top 5% of wealthy people in the world.)

Fuck the criminal rich and their lackeys.

Re:The question we failed to ask (1)

joe_kull (238178) | about 6 years ago | (#25579103)

That's an average of $150k per staff member in bonuses and $550k in salary. Either someone is overpaid beyond belief, or everyone is overpaid to a more modest degree (but still pretty overpaid for a company that may well have tanked without massive government intervention.)

Re:The question we failed to ask (2, Informative)

Nazlfrag (1035012) | about 6 years ago | (#25579471)

From the article:

The news comes after it was revealed that even bankers working for collapsed Wall Street giant, Lehman Brothers, could receive huge payouts.

Its 10,000 U.S. staff are expected to share a £1.5billion bonus pool. The payouts were agreed as part of the rescue takeover of Lehman's American arm by Barclays last month.

That's the Lehman Brothers. The 7 billion pounds or roughly 11.5 billion USD bonus is for Goldman Sachs.

Each of the firm's 443 partners is on course to pocket an average Christmas bonus of more than £3million.

How about the exchange rates? (2, Interesting)

jimdread (1089853) | about 6 years ago | (#25578113)

Here's a serious question. Why did the US dollar suddenly shoot up against all the other currencies when this global financial crisis started? The USA is where the gigantic financial crisis happened. So why is the US dollar suddenly so much higher than it was before? Any economists out there?

Here are some graphs: http://www.x-rates.com/d/USD/EUR/graph120.html [x-rates.com] http://www.x-rates.com/d/USD/GBP/graph120.html [x-rates.com] http://www.x-rates.com/d/USD/BRL/graph120.html [x-rates.com]

WHY???

Re:How about the exchange rates? (1)

myth24601 (893486) | about 6 years ago | (#25578483)

Here's a serious question. Why did the US dollar suddenly shoot up against all the other currencies when this global financial crisis started? The USA is where the gigantic financial crisis happened. So why is the US dollar suddenly so much higher than it was before? Any economists out there?

The US may be looking like it has a sounder economy than some other countries. People are putting money into US Dollars now. Sure there was a contraction in the last quarter and the US but it wasn't as bad as predicted and the US is likely in a recession but the US banks are starting to figure out where everyone stands so they may be loosening up on capitol.

There could be other factors at play too but that's one guess.

Re:How about the exchange rates? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25578667)

US Investors are pulling out of International markets and converting foreign currency back US Dollars (Buying it in other words).
Folllowing the Laws of Supply and Demand, that would cause the price of the USD to go up hence why it's stronger and hence why other foreign currencies that investor's pulled out of are weaker.

Re:The question we failed to ask (1)

jonaskoelker (922170) | about 6 years ago | (#25579203)

Why are Federal taxpayers forced to pay [...]

You cite a non-US media source to back up your claim...

Re:The question we failed to ask (1)

Toffins (1069136) | more than 5 years ago | (#25591629)

I don't understand why you have a problem with it. It was just one of the top sources via Google News. Who cares it's a British newspaper - I don't see why that makes it any more or less reliable. I'm not aware of anything wrong with the story, and you didn't mention anything wrong with the story - is there anything wrong with it? Anyway, the story is real, so we'd better deal.

And here's the IHT covering the same issue [iht.com] with Barney Frank, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Financial Services Committee, apparently strongly against the bonuses. He says he is "deeply disappointed" that a number of financial institutions are distorting the legislation, and says it would be a "violation of the terms of the Act", i.e. a criminal offence to use bailout money like that [dailymail.co.uk] (hey, it's the same non-US media source!), e.g. to pay executives' bonuses etc.

CPD question not even answered (3, Informative)

sethawoolley (1005201) | about 6 years ago | (#25577329)

They didn't even comment on the Commission on Presidential Debates which is Dems and Reps trying to limit the debates to just their parties, despite question number six asking about it.

Just another opportunity for the candidates to 1) not even answer the questions and 2) we didn't even see Barr/Nader/Baldwin/McKinney asked any of these questions on an equal level.

Why even bother asking about the commission on presidential debates when the debate itself excludes minor party candidates that have enough ballot access to potentially win the election?

Re:CPD question not even answered (3, Interesting)

garote (682822) | about 6 years ago | (#25581311)

Actually, the answers were of a higher quality than most I've seen them give.

McCain's response regarding the No Child Left Behind program was actually well in touch with the reasons why that program faltered. It was surprising, and more than I expected from him. However the solutions he endorsed, in his response and elsewhere in his policy, do not actually address the problems as he described them here. Obama's response to the same question was, by contrast, boilerplate about reform, including rhetoric about increasing the funding for schools and the pay grade for teachers. Neither point makes sense - we already toss quite a lot of money into schools, relative to other countries, and district performance varies WILDLY even among similar funding levels. The issue is just more complicated than a matter of funding.

On the other hand, I was greatly irritated at McCain's response to the question about women's health care. He was practically schizophrenic, talking about helping "challenged" women on the one hand, and then declaring that life begins at conception and all life is sacred on the other. He even trotted out that tired old pony of "partial-birth abortion". He also stood in OBVIOUS contrast to Obama, who described a holistic approach point-by-point and then made it quite clear that he would defend Roe vs. Wade and abortion rights in general. The candidates are markedly different here and your choice between them will have a serious impact.

They both also clearly differed on how seriously they took the idea of workplace discrimination and harassment,
Also, Obama offered more detail on how he would create oversight for the bank bailout program, and McCain offered more detail on how he might implement VA reform. You can tell where their strengths lie - if not as character traits, then at least in terms of what they believe their voting bloc is. That information is actually of use.

Neither of them touched the prison population question with a ten-foot pole, which I found irritating. Neither of them wanted to get into the briar patch of drug law I assume. On the other hand, it was quite refreshing to hear an entire sequence of debate responses where neither candidate mentioned Iraq or terrorism.

Also, I find the complaints about the exclusivity of the debate a little disingenuous - they're mostly directed at the Democratic and Republican parties. What's up with that? The roster of participants was chosen by Walden University. Go harangue them.

Re:CPD question not even answered (1)

sethawoolley (1005201) | about 6 years ago | (#25587359)

Also, I find the complaints about the exclusivity of the debate a little disingenuous - they're mostly directed at the Democratic and Republican parties. What's up with that? The roster of participants was chosen by Walden University. Go harangue them.

Candidates don't participate in any debate outside of the agreements established by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is run by members of the two parties. The CPD was created to take over the debates after the League of Women Voters refused to limit the debate to just the top two parties.

The candidates make arrangements for interviews on their own, but if another candidate will be there, the stipulation is that it only be the Dem/Rep opponent.

Walden University had a choice: 2 candidates or all the rest or none. There would have been no chance to get any third party candidate in a debate with a Dem or a Rep.

And you'll note that I didn't imply the CPD was responsible in my grandparent post. I said "the debate itself" excluded minor party candidates because I figured people could do their own research and was concentrating on the point that neither candidate answered the question and had one comment that was prima facie obvious based on just the debate.

Damned bastard, up to the same old tricks. (1)

Sj0 (472011) | about 6 years ago | (#25577585)

McCain is really laying it on thick with the debt question. He must think we're really stupid.

Republicans have outspent and outdebted the Democrats since Gerald Ford. Republicans removed the last vestiges of the gold standard and caused the insane inflation we're seeing today.

He's going to have to do better than parrot the same historically incorrect argument we've been hearing since Reagan. "Oh, we'll just make it back in revenue because we'll increase the GDP!"

No you don't. Quit lying.

And as for attacking the report, it sounds a lot like their stance on global warming. "It can't happen! It can't happen! It can't happen! It can't happen! It's happening and only the Republicans can fix it!"

Re:Damned bastard, up to the same old tricks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25577711)

Republicans have outspent and outdebted the Democrats...

Indeed...hypocrite bastards.

Republicans removed the last vestiges of the gold standard...

I guess even Republicans do some things right...

Seriously, what is it with you guys and the gold standard? It's a metal. It's value fluctuates according to how much of it we're mining it, how difficult it is to mine it, and how much of it people are buying. No different than any other commodity trading. Basing the currency on the gold standard just gives it an artificial value, which does not in any way actually represents how much the currency is worth.

Re:Damned bastard, up to the same old tricks. (3, Interesting)

decoy256 (1335427) | about 6 years ago | (#25577923)

Except for the fact that being on a precious metal standard (see below) restricted government's ability to run up outrageous debt like we have now. Granted, there was debt, but with a fiat money system the deficit spending is able to go on for decades until our entire economy is controlled by this debt.

On the term "Gold Standard"... I REALLY hate it when people keep saying "Gold Standard", which is never what it was intended to be... it was supposed to be Gold AND Silver, measured against each other... this adds an immense amount of flexibility and stability to the market, but I guess that doesn't fit with the Keynesian interpretation of Hard Money. Keynesian economists like to paint Hard Money as this antiquated, ridiculously quaint system that would never work in our modern "advanced" economic system. Utterly stupid.

Re:Damned bastard, up to the same old tricks. (1)

Sj0 (472011) | about 6 years ago | (#25578673)

As an aside, it doesn't just ensure prevention of inflation of the money supply by fiat, it also ensures the money will have a minimum value. If it's more valuable than the gold because of the goods and services it can buy then it's worth more, but if nobody has any confidence in your economic system, your money is still worth as much as an ounce of gold, since it can be transferred into that form.

Re:Damned bastard, up to the same old tricks. (2, Interesting)

SETIGuy (33768) | about 6 years ago | (#25579249)

I REALLY hate it when people keep saying "Gold Standard", which is never what it was intended to be... it was supposed to be Gold AND Silver, measured against each other

I think you are referring to bimetalism, which is a different beast than the gold standard. Bimetalism didn't show up as a significant force in U.S. monetary policy until the late 19th century. Bimetalism is seriously unstable because it is susceptible to changes in the supply of or demand for either metal. Both silver and gold have significant industrial use that would be greatly impacted by fixing the ratio

For example, if the standard ratio of gold to silver is 20:1 (as bimetalism is usually formulated) and the silver supply expands, that extra silver won't go to other use because it is overpriced relative to supply.

For example the current ratio of gold to silver price is about 75:1. Lets say we went back to a 20:1 bimetalic standard tomorrow. That means gold is overpriced and silver is underpriced. In other words, gold is worth more outside of the monetary realm than it is within it. So gold will get withdrawn from circulation and used for other things. Silver, on the other hand, is worth more as money than it is being put to other uses. Industries will stop using so much silver and turn it into coinage. In the end, the bimetalic standard will disappear because all of the gold will be out of circulation and we will end up on a silver standard. Which is in essence what happened in the 19th century until McKinley was elected in 1896, whereupon we returned to the gold standard.

The problem with a gold standard is that the value of gold does fluctuate according to supply and demand which results in a currency that fluctuates in a manner that is difficult to control. The end result is that governments end up having to hoard gold in an attempt to stabilize their currency which would drive up worldwide gold demand, deflate the currency, and cause economic stagnation.

tooting my own horn. (3, Informative)

DragonTHC (208439) | about 6 years ago | (#25577733)

all of those questions are typical shit political questions. They don't force any real answers.

my question http://interviews.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=978947&cid=25190311 [slashdot.org]
I asked that and it should have been put forth. Whomever chose the questions is a nitwit.

Re:tooting my own horn. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25579337)

Whoever chose the questions is a nitwit.

There fixed that for ya.

Him is not a nitwit. He is a nitwit.

Re:tooting my own horn. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25579539)

I think your first question [slashdot.org] , though longer, was much better.

Without the context of your first question, your second & simpler question sounds loaded as hell, in that it presupposes a failed business model. Anyone reading it would assume you're talking about the financial crisis and no Presidential Candidate is going to say "fuck 'em, lets let the free market sort things out."

Re:tooting my own horn. (2, Insightful)

garote (682822) | about 6 years ago | (#25581331)

Uh huh. Well, it's certainly a question tailored to drive up mod ratings in Slashdot. But go ahead, ask that of a presidential candidate:

"Do you believe in legislating protections for failed business models, or do you believe the free market should determine success?"

Their answer?

"No, and yes. Next question."

Honestly, what sort of answer do you expect?

What's Left to debate? (1)

boshi (612264) | about 6 years ago | (#25577743)

For me the debates ended when FISA and then the bailouts passed. What do we have to look forward to when we're told to pick the lesser of two evils?

Makes me think of Douglas Adams' "But why do they vote for the lizards?" "Because otherwise the wrong lizard might get in."

Pick the one without traction (4, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 6 years ago | (#25579459)

If you think they are both equal, then you should vote for McCain.

If Obama wins, along with a large number of other Democrats he can do what he likes.

If McCain wins, he'll be fighting a very partisan House and Senate unwilling to let him do anything (even anything they want to do, for fear of him getting credit).

Choose the evil that will make no progress. All other choices are madness.

Re:Pick the one without traction (1)

decoy256 (1335427) | about 6 years ago | (#25579965)

Or, better yet, don't choose "evil" at all... take a stand and refuse the non-choices we have been given for candidates. Vote your conscience, and let the cards fall where they will.

They WANT you to think you're cornered and only have two options... that kind of fear is what keeps the same idiots in power year after year, election after election.

Reality (0, Troll)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 6 years ago | (#25580487)

Or, better yet, don't choose "evil" at all... take a stand and refuse the non-choices we have been given for candidates.

Currently that attitude means you are acting for Obama to win.

If you truly think it does not matter the Democrats gain a complete majority, that is your choice of course. But I do not think it a wise course of action.

They WANT you to think you're cornered and only have two options...

You only have two people that will win this election. As much as you or I would wish otherwise, this is fact. This is reality.

One will win, you can either help even the balance of power so to keep both sides as ineffective as possible, or you can (through inaction) cause the elevation of even worse problems with government in terms of power and growth than we have seen to date.

Do you want to send a message that no-one will hear, or do you want to help prevent changes over the next four years that will take forty to undo? Do you want to send messages, or actually be effective?

There is no fear here, only practicality and calculation. It's not fear that makes me say Obama or McCain will win the presidency... it's just fact. Everything stems from there. Libertarian ideas must be ratcheted in place to hold, they cannot all be pushed by force in one massive movement.

Re:Reality (1)

Raiden30 (1339617) | about 6 years ago | (#25585127)

"You only have two people that will win this election. As much as you or I would wish otherwise, this is fact. This is reality."
You are only fueling the fire buddy.

We MAKE this our reality by CHOOSING to not vote for any other party. Sure you can argue that everyone else is going to vote dem or rep anyways so a vote for any other party would not count for anything. This is only true when people assume everyone else is voting for one of those two parties. I believe we call this conforming, and as long as sheeple keep conforming based on that assumption then this will never change and we will always see a Dem or Rep in office.

Anyways I guess the point is vote for whoever you best see fit. Even if your vote counts for very little now, those numbers will build over time once sheeple see that there is actual support for these minor parties and in turn they will gain more votes.

In a democratic system change starts with us, not the other way around.

Re:Reality (1)

cparker15 (779546) | about 6 years ago | (#25587169)

You only have two people that will win this election. As much as you or I would wish otherwise, this is fact. This is reality.

Do you want to send messages, or actually be effective?

Your outlook is the reason things are the way they are. "This" is reality because you and people like you decided it is reality. If enough people decide differently, then it will be different. Until then, things will remain the same.

Sorry, but with this line of thinking, you're only part of the problem. How exactly is that being effective?

I'm voting with my conscience, thanks. It's a shame more people don't do the same.

Are you actually that delusional? (1)

decoy256 (1335427) | more than 5 years ago | (#25590827)

Do you really believe that Republicans and Democrats "balance" each other out? There is no "balance" in our political system. We have two "sides" both working for the same thing: MORE government intervention, MORE taxes, MORE unnecessary wars.

The only "balance" you can hope to find is in a third party because the two "major" parties are just one big party with two faces.

THAT is reality.

Re:Reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25592077)

Yea, vote to support your oppressor.

Re:Pick the one without traction (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25580449)

Unless, of course, you want what Obama would do, or what you think he would do.

Of course (0)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 6 years ago | (#25580503)

Unless, of course, you want what Obama would do, or what you think he would do.

That goes without saying. I am speaking to my fellow Libertarians thanks (like ents they once flourished in great numbers here, but now seem mostly dormant).

For you though, it would be very interesting indeed to see the variance between what you expect vs. what Obama would actually deliver - if he should win.

Re:Pick the one without traction (1)

tbannist (230135) | about 6 years ago | (#25583605)

Personally, I think McCain needs to lose this election, and lose it in a big way. The Republican party needs to learn the big lesson here, that you can't run a country by hating half of it's people.

Re:Pick the one without traction (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25585745)

Make no progress... Exactly the thinking we need right now.

What gold-plated rock have you been living under sir?

LGBT rights (1)

More Trouble (211162) | about 6 years ago | (#25577755)

OK, I listened to the responses to the LGBT question. Obama, like most mainstream politicians, doesn't come out for gay marriage, but is otherwise pretty much pro-LGBT civil rights.

McCain's answer ... WTF? He's just all over the map. I mean, I more or less know what the McCain position is for LGBT rights, and he kind of touched on it, but why does he throw all that other unrelated crap in there? Was there a minimum answer length? Was he channeling Palin? These are scripted answers, I assume. Who wrote this nutty script?

:w

Most useless debate (0)

decoy256 (1335427) | about 6 years ago | (#25577757)

Nothing but canned soundbites and the same old same old rhetoric we've heard all year long. Barrack: "I'm gonna change things." McCain: "I'm a patriot, I tell you!" We've heard their rote lines over and over and this provided absolutely nothing new. The questions were so very predictable and stale. There were no really challenging questions. This was the intellectual equivalent of a meaningless photo op. Listening to these answers didn't make me think they were "in touch" with me or understood my plight. Just like McCain getting his picture taken with underprivileged kids doesn't make me think he all of a sudden understands poverty. Ridiculous.

Re:Most useless debate (1)

jaxtherat (1165473) | about 6 years ago | (#25579967)

Oblig:
"I say your three percent titanium tax goes too far!"

"And I say your three percent titanium tax doesn't go too far enough!"

Re:Most useless debate (1)

plasmacutter (901737) | about 6 years ago | (#25580575)

"ah, the apathy party, there's something I can get behind!"
AP member: "We don't want your kind here"
"whatever" *starts to walk off*
AP member: "welcome aboard"

Abortion (2, Interesting)

Artista42 (1326699) | about 6 years ago | (#25579817)

I love how McCain says "We will show compassion, and we will show courage" in regards to an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy. Who is "we"? The people who are blocking the poor woman from making a choice in order to deal with something she views as a problem? It must be so easy for them to be courageous in a situation that doesn't affect them. If women are forced to have children they don't want, we'll end up with more and more orphans, and who will pay for them? Surely there aren't enough people to adopt all those unwanted children.

Re:Abortion (1)

plasmacutter (901737) | about 6 years ago | (#25580587)

I want to know where his compassion is for people with chronic conditions, or who simply are too old or in too risky a profession.. in regard to healthcare.

"I promise to tax group plans out of existence!"

hurray?

Re:Abortion (2, Interesting)

Iamthecheese (1264298) | about 6 years ago | (#25580593)

Actually, there aren't enough people with the money and time to break through piles of red tape. Thats the real problem. It costs thousands of dollars to adopt. There are many people who want to adopt, but can't.

Bah, the most important question got left out (2, Funny)

omuls are tasty (1321759) | about 6 years ago | (#25581417)

emacs or vi?

Ugh! (1)

Dave Tucker Online (1310703) | about 6 years ago | (#25582133)

Do these guys have any actual opinions on anything? They speak in such vague generalities. Compare that to a Ron Paul, or to a lesser extent, Chuck Baldwin or Bob Barr, who actually can detail how they would fix problems. (Or explain why it is not the Government's job to fix a problem.)

I can't believe such a large portion of our country could be so stupid as to vote for these guys.

Ugh!!!!!!! (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | about 6 years ago | (#25582455)

This is POLITICS NOT NEWS.
Again there is a bloody good reason why I have politics turned off of my front page in slashdot!

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