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Ask the Presidential Candidates

Roblimo posted more than 13 years ago | from the from-your-mouths-to-their-ears dept.

United States 1002

Okay, we've gotten about a billion (or at least a few hundred) requests for this: a chance to subject U.S. presidential candidates to a Slashdot grilling. As usual with our interviews, please post your questions below. 24 hours after this notice, we'll select 10 of the highest-moderated ones and send them to some of the highest-profile people running for the U.S. presidency this year to answer or ignore as they choose.

We are sending questions to the following candidates (listed in alphabetical order by political party affiliation):

We'll post answers as they come in.

Meanwhile, is doing a similar, Slashdot-style interview with senatorial and congressional candidates in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. If you live in those states, you might want to check it out. We've been talking back and forth with Scott Reents of about all of this for months, and we're curious to see the difference in the kinds of questions he gets from his "general audience" readers and those we get from the net-hip, tech-aware Slashdot crowd.

So ask away, and let's see what happens.

Update/note: We will not select questions addressed to a single candidate. We are sending the same 10 questions to all candidates. - Robin

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It means Mid East Crisis == George W Bush victory! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#702151)

The middle east crisis proves that we need leaders with good foreign policy experience. That ain't Gore and that ain't Liberman. Bush has Dick Cheney, who was there during the Gulf War. The destabilization in Israel and the terrorist attack on the USS Cole has awakened the American people. They realize that they have to look beyond their own little economic world when voting for President.

Bush will win. Oh. Yeah.

Patents, and the Economy (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#702161)

Most computer software developers consider the US Patent Trade Office (US PTO) anti-competitive and a threat to the Internet economy based on numerous questionable patents awarded in the last few years. Do you agree or disagree with the US PTO decisions, and what changes if any would you like to see Congress and the US PTO make in how the US PTO awards patents?

Boxers or Briefs? (1)

greg_barton (5551) | more than 13 years ago | (#702195)

Boxers or Briefs?

A Fair Cop... (1)

dr_strangelove (16081) | more than 13 years ago | (#702245)

Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party USA, The American Nazi Party, The Ku Klux Klan, Greenpeace, PETA, or the Hollywood Squares?

What's your excuse?

what the "smaller" candidate websites are running (1)

spoonyfork (23307) | more than 13 years ago | (#702267)

HOWARD PHILLIPS (Constitution Party) is running Microsoft-IIS/4.0 on NT4 or Windows 98

DENNIS I. "DENNY" LANE (Grassroots Party)
( is running NaviServer/2.0 AOLserver/2.3.3 on Solaris

RALPH NADER (Green Party) is running Apache/1.3.12 (Unix) AuthMySQL/2.20 PHP/4.0.0 on BSD/OS

JOHN S. HAGELIN (Natural Law Party) is running Apache/1.3.4 (Unix) ApacheJServ/1.1.1 PHP/3.0.9 mod_frontpage/ on Linux

EARL F. DODGE (Prohibition Party)
( tes.html) is running Apache/1.3.6 (Unix) (Red Hat/Linux) FrontPage/ on Linux

PATRICK J. "PAT" BUCHANAN (Reform Party) is running Microsoft-IIS/4.0 on NT4 or Windows 98

DAVID E. McREYNOLDS (Socialist Party) is running Apache/1.3.6 (Unix) mod_frontpage/ on Compaq Tru64

MONICA G. MOOREHEAD (Workers World Party) is running Apache/1.3.12 (Unix) FrontPage/ ApacheJServ/1.1.2 PHP/3.0.16 on Solaris

Re:My ballot doesn't list several of these candida (1)

jellicle (29746) | more than 13 years ago | (#702279)

Each candidate must qualify to be on the ballot for each state. Depending on your state, the minor-party candidates may or may not have qualified. I don't know how Robin chose the candidates to direct questions to; presumably the ones that seemed to have any sort of national organization behind them and thus would be on the ballot in a reasonable number of states. If Robin excluded someone you think should be questioned, send him some email.
Michael Sims-michael at

Re:To Gore about the Internet (1)

meadowsp (54223) | more than 13 years ago | (#702332)

This one's been done to death, Gore was misquoted and he DID play a big part in the 80's for getting federal funding for the, then academic and military, internet.

More sensible numbers for the budgets (1)

Elyas (59360) | more than 13 years ago | (#702342)

Both Gore and Bush are basing their dollar amounts for new projects based on very rosy best case estimates for the budjet surplus. What are the percentages various areas receive, as opposed to actual numbers, and if the surplus falls short, which items will receive the most priority and which will be axed.

Term Limits (for GW and Gore) (1)

Hardwyred (71704) | more than 13 years ago | (#702383)

What are your feelings on presidential term limits?
**Please Omit the following if this question is used**
I feel that term limits are in direct opposition to the democratic process. We pick and choose the best qualified leader and if they do a good job the first time, we have the power to keep them in office. Likewise, if they sucked, we don't vote them back in. This has weighed most heavily on my mind this year with the less then stellar canidates that we have to choose from.

question (1)

diehard (75848) | more than 13 years ago | (#702388)

I'd like to know how they intend to deal with the phenomenon of the internet, whether they plan to try to work it into current laws of taxation and representation and privacy or if it can exist as a seperate, independent animal. I don't think anybody's asked that straight up :)

Intellectual Property Rights (1)

fuhrcub (78648) | more than 13 years ago | (#702390)


With the passing of the Digital Millinium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the passing of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) in Virginia, the question of the purported rights of the holders of a copyright and the rights of consumers is now arising.

As an example: In the early 1980's RSA copyrighted their encryption algorithm which was then upheld by the courts. There have been many arguments that this uphelding of the RSA copyright set back the then-developing software industry by several years. Only recently did the RSA copyright expire.

On the flip side, current copyright law is what the GPL, the license under which the Linux kernel is distributed, is based on.

My question to the candidates is where do they believe the line is between the rights of the copyright holder and the rights of the buyer. Some would argue that the buyer, if he or she dislikes the conditions of whatever stipulations the seller makes for purchasing the product, can simply walk away. Others would argue that the property was purchased by the buyer and therefore he or she has the right to do with it as they please.

Your insights into this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention.

Drugs and Girls (1)

_iris (92554) | more than 13 years ago | (#702424)

(Slashdot, please read up on this before scoffing at it. There may seem funny, but they are legitimate questions. For sources read books by David Icke, the Liberty Lobby's "The Spotlight", and similar writings.)

Mr Bush, do you plan to give up helping your family traffic drugs into the United States if you become president?

Either way, do you plan to stop paying mexican drug lords for capturing U.S. Marines on border patrol?

On a side note, when was the last time you mutilated and raped a girl under the age of 14?

Finally, whose yes-man are you?

VP Gore re Gun Control (1)

pongo000 (97357) | more than 13 years ago | (#702433)

Vice-President Gore:

You are running on a virulently anti-gun platform which would, in effect, take away a freedom from otherwise law-abiding citizens. Why not push for enforcement of the already strict federal laws which cover crimes committed with firearms? The federal government has been so lax in this area that some cities (Richmond, VA and Ft. Worth, TX, to name two) have taken it upon themselves to apply federal sentencing standards to firearms-related crimes, proof that the Clinton administration has not seen fit to punish gun-carrying criminals to the fullest extent allowed by federal law.

Re:VP Gore re Gun Control (1)

pongo000 (97357) | more than 13 years ago | (#702434)

Or, if all candidates will be fielding the same questions:

Do you favor taking away the freedom to own firearms from otherwise law-abiding citizens, or stricter enforcement of federal laws which already carry harsh sentences for crimes committed with firearms?

Simple question... (1)

Spy (102303) | more than 13 years ago | (#702455)

Is it the responsibility of the government to protect "stupid people" (I do not mean the mentally disabled.) from themselves? Yes or No.

State-by-state (1)

gvonk (107719) | more than 13 years ago | (#702477)

The people on your ballot in your state will vary because in order to be put on the ballot, the candidate must get a cetrain requisite number of signatures (kinda like a petition) of residents of that state. In states where a candidate does not have much support and therefore would not win the state anyway, the candidate tends to not focus so much on a losing battle to get signatures.
Hope that helps.

Democracy (1)

skHalasz (112471) | more than 13 years ago | (#702481)

What will you do to restore democracy in America?

About the socializiation of technology (1)

Consul (119169) | more than 13 years ago | (#702499)

This question is for Mr. Ralph Nader.

Mr. Nader,

You have stated that you believe that people in the United States have a right to the use of the Internet.

Okay, assuming that is true, let's say that the government buys computers for anyone who wants one. It would take almost no time for someone to complain about the content available out on the Internet.

So then the Government says, "Hey, we bought those computers, so we now have the right to regulate what can appear on them."

How do you propose we keep this from happening?

To: Whoever gets in (1)

dnnrly (120163) | more than 13 years ago | (#702500)

Are you sure that when the military spending revue comes up, that there isn't going to be another 'crisis for the rights of a friendly nation'? There seems to be an unsettling pattern developing there!

How are you going to deal with all of the pressures of big businesses trying to make you make the decisions they want? How are you going to make people to trust you?


The Internet and Al Gore (1)

rigau (122636) | more than 13 years ago | (#702505)

In order to put all the jokes to rest here at Slashdot I would like to give Al Gore a chance to give an honest account of what he sees as his real involvement in the genesis of the internet.

To Busch on Military Service: (1)

haus (129916) | more than 13 years ago | (#702524)

Mr. Busch how can you address members of the military who will be called upon to face combat when you had your father pull a soft protected post for you in the Texas Air National Guard, when in fact that you would have had no chance at this position with his political clout. All of this while your father stood in Washington DC continually voting for an escalation of the conflict in Vietnam?


former CPL USMC

all persons, living and dead, are purely coincidental. - Kurt Vonnegut

Re:I believe it's necessary (1)

balthan (130165) | more than 13 years ago | (#702525)

No, but crackheads are a dime a dozen.

Re:Minority Religions... (1)

Electric Angst (138229) | more than 13 years ago | (#702541)

What 'rights' should these people have that they don't already have?

I don't think there need be any more rights, simply the protection of the rights that are alread there. Re-read what I said. For an example of minority religions losing rights, you should look at how Rep. Bob Barr (R-Georgia) tried to tack on a measure that would forbid Wiccan soldiers from worshipping on Military bases to a budget bill. Fortunantly, the bill failed, but unfortunantly, this issue could come up again. This isn't a special right, it's the same right that every religious soldier has, and shouldn't be denied anyone because of the popularity of their religion.

What about the national debt? (1)

(nil) (140773) | more than 13 years ago | (#702547)

The United States currently, as you probably know, has a "rather large" national debt. As of 10/11/00, this debt totaled $5,660,113,029,266.52 according to /op d/opdpenny.htm [] . This worries me, and I suspect does the same to many of my contemporaries. It would seem that these prosperous times are the best to consider beginning to pay this off.

What is your plan to reduce our national debt, and how long would it take under your plan to pay this off?


Re:My ballot doesn't list several of these candida (1)

Glowing Fish (155236) | more than 13 years ago | (#702583)

Sometimes a candidate doesn't get on the ballot in every state.

In my Oregon ballot, I only have Nader, Gore, Buchanan, Browne and Bush I believe.

The Vermont Grassroots party probably isn't running a very agressive presidential campaign in say, Nevada (but you never know).

Re:VP Gore re Gun Control (1)

snarfer (168723) | more than 13 years ago | (#702619)

How is taking a test to show that you know what you are doing with a gun "virulently anti-gun" and "take away a freedom from otherwise law-abiding citizens"?

You've been reading too many NRA fund-raising letters.

Detailed answer (1)

snarfer (168723) | more than 13 years ago | (#702620)

Governor Bush, Please give a detailed answer to this question -- one which demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of the topic. Well... such an answer to ANY question will do, actually.

Re:Al Gore's Internet (1)

jaga~ (175770) | more than 13 years ago | (#702626)

would you people get off it for once? he made an exaggerated statement about the effects of his lobbying for funding of the emerging internet.

Re:Minority Religions... (1)

Blue Weirdo (178504) | more than 13 years ago | (#702634)

I beleieve that what he was pointing out is that (and this applies to most minority groups) selective enforcement of the law at all levels but especially at the local or state level, denies these groups the rights that majority groups hold, hence special attention in needed, often at the federal level to redress the situation

Information and Wealth (1)

Bingo Foo (179380) | more than 13 years ago | (#702638)

How do you respond to the assertion that the free duplication of capital and labor-reducing tools (in the form of software and/or databases, for example) should be encouraged as a matter of policy, as it allows other physically limited resources to be put to better use?

Clearly this ruffles the feathers of traditional businesses of many sorts, but if you truly believed that it would help free enrterprise in the long run, it must be addressed through policies on patents and copyrights concerning information technology.

That is, do you think that basic premises of what "wealth" is need to be rethought in this age, and how far are you willing to go to do so?

I'm Bingo Foo, and not only do I vote, I volunteer. I walk precincts. I call voters on election day.


Privacy (1)

Darth_brooks (180756) | more than 13 years ago | (#702640)

How do you feel the government has handled privacy issues as they related to the internet in the past, and do you feel that any changes need to be made in the way these issues are handled?


Science education (1)

V_M_Smith (186361) | more than 13 years ago | (#702661)

What initiatives would you implement to ensure that all students receive a basic level of competency in *all* areas of modern science? This, of course, includes such disciplines as evolution and cosmology (and no...the universe is *not* 6000 years old!)

Re:DMCA (1)

ioexcptn (190408) | more than 13 years ago | (#702665)

Do you believe that our judiciary system has fallen short of being able to rule fairly in cases involving innoative technology? And, if so, do you believe that there should be a court in place that would be able to effectively and justly rule on matters of technology?

Re:My ballot doesn't list several of these candida (1)

MarkusH (198450) | more than 13 years ago | (#702681)

The Reason why Monica Moorehead and Earl Dodge isn't on your ballot is that Ms. Moorehead is only on the ballot for Colorado, Florida, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconsin and Mr. Dodge is only on the ballot in Colorado. Why Mr. McReynolds is listed under Liberty Union, I can't answer.

Popular vote (1)

maddogsparky (202296) | more than 13 years ago | (#702689)

Do you feel that the current electoral college system of voting is the best way to reflect the people's will? Or do you feel that voting practices in the US no longer reflect the will of the general population?

Culture war? (1)

abe ferlman (205607) | more than 13 years ago | (#702695)

Is there a culture war going on? If so, who are the combatants, and how many casualties should we expect? How do youth and technology cultures fit into this war?

They are extremists (1)

sips (212702) | more than 13 years ago | (#702705)

That's like getting Hitler to join in the debates. Ralph Nader will win the election when pigs fly.

Campaign finance is not all (1)

sips (212702) | more than 13 years ago | (#702706)

Eventually peopel have to vote them in. You can't very well think that calling people stupid sops will get you elected.

More closely related is (1)

sips (212702) | more than 13 years ago | (#702710)

How they can statistically claim that this is indeed the case. How can they guarantee that violent hate actions is actually the source that is perpetuating problems in the real world from the net as a source.

I believe it's necessary (1)

sips (212702) | more than 13 years ago | (#702714)

If you look at periods of time when you had massive unrestricted use of drugs (look at the 19th century England/America to see some good examples). Control of drugs has been a good thing. Getting stoned out of your gord and becomming insanely addicted to something and the social, political, societal, health, etc ramifactions of such were quite bad hence legislation. I don't know about you but I don't see too many opioum addicts roming around today.

Monica Moorehead, is that your real name? (1)

Hairy_Potter (219096) | more than 13 years ago | (#702733)

Or are you just some performance artist with an anti-Clinton schtick?\\

thank you

Questions for Bush (1)

franksbiyatch (227234) | more than 13 years ago | (#702758)

Is it true that you found one billion dollars of surplus in the national sofa [] ?

What do you think about the media's treatment of Dan Quayle and comparisons they've made to you? []

How are you planning to prepare for the last mass debate [] ?

Some media sources say that you and Gore have a personal wager going on Tuesday's debate, something called "Loser Leaves Town Night" [] . Is this true?

FEC thins field - Makes US Safe for Democracy (1)

franksbiyatch (227234) | more than 13 years ago | (#702759)

Many people are upset about the paucity of choices this Fall. The way the FEC treated Nader at the first debate was absolutely comic.

The foxes in charge of the chicken coop claim that everything is fine.

You may want to check out this article [] .

Re:My ballot doesn't list several of these candida (1)

quamper (229753) | more than 13 years ago | (#702762)

Yeah not every candidate is on the ticket in every state. Some candidates are write in only. Others just aren't included in that states elections. For instance look at: The Socialist Parties page []
They aren't on the ballot in every state. Thats just the way our democratic system works. Those candidates didn't have enough support to get onto the ballot in some states and they did in others.

Still our political system seems to work pretty well. Debates with more than 2 candidates would be nice though.

Question to all presidential canditates (1)

neuneu (232546) | more than 13 years ago | (#702770)

Knock knock. Who's there?

Gore: eLockBox ? (1)

neuneu (232546) | more than 13 years ago | (#702772)

Question for Al Gore, do you plan to plug your lock box on the Internet?

For DAVID E. McREYNOLDS (Socialist Party) (1)

grovertime (237798) | more than 13 years ago | (#702786)

As true socialism differs from the communism we have seen in parts of Asia, Europe, etc, there seems to be an unreasonable intolerance of it in the United States, whereby the populace tends to be unable to refocus from the communist dictatorships that have salted the wounds of socialist ideals. Socialism, a system truly built FOR the people, BY the people, is as close to open source politics as we know. Will you then make it part of your mandate to open source Washington?

  1. Where Your Vote Should Go []

Re:Minority Religions... (1)

Swift Kick (240510) | more than 13 years ago | (#702794)

What 'rights' should these people have that they don't already have? Should they have any 'preferential' treatment just because they happen to be into the latest harry-poter-induced religious craze? (yah yah yah, blah blah blah, I know those have been around for a while, etc etc. This is a sarcastic comment, hold your flames, Gimps).
Last I checked, you were free to chose your own religion, unless you went to some institution where you have to be a specific religion (i.e. catholic HS, college, etc). Then, you get what you pay for.
Just my 2 cents...

To Gore about the Internet (1)

eeks (243210) | more than 13 years ago | (#702796)

How, in good conscious, were you able to ascribe any potion of the "internet's" sucess to your actions? Please, be honest.

Re:Gore: Copyright (1)

eeks (243210) | more than 13 years ago | (#702797)

haha, I think we know who most politicians would side between individuals and corporations. (hint: its NOT individuals)

Whatever happened to "BY the people" (1)

rtkluttz (244325) | more than 13 years ago | (#702803)

Government is rampant with representatives shouting "I believe..." and "I will do this...". But it's not the way it was intended. How do you feel about representatives getting back to the way it was intended and standing for what the majority of the population they represent wants, even if you yourself feels it is wrong.

Corporations as persons? (2)

sab39 (10510) | more than 13 years ago | (#702834)

Do you believe that the Supreme Court made a mistake when it ruled that corporations are individuals, with all the inalienable rights thereof? If so, what would you do to correct this mistake?

Re:War on Drugs (2)

FPhlyer (14433) | more than 13 years ago | (#702866)

Libertarian candidate Harry Browne has answered this question on his web site.

There is a 60 second realmedia commercial [] available that gives a very quick overview of candidate Browne's position on the issue.

"Working Class Families" (2)

RocketScientist (15198) | more than 13 years ago | (#702878)

Given that the various candidates have been using some sample waitress making $20K per year who has 3 kids and lots of debt, I'm wondering what the respective candidates are going to do for us.

In general, technical folks tend to make good money. We're driving the "new economy", but we're getting taxed like crazy, and we see next to no benefit from the taxes we are paying (the military is less prepared now than in my lifetime, the schools are bad and getting worse, our foreign policy is ineffective at best, and there are more people in prisons than ever before).

Essentially, we're doing well and working hard, and the government is penalizing us for doing the right things and making good decisions.

So, respective candidates or representatives thereof, here's my question: What are you going to do about a federal government that places extremely burdensome taxes on productive, intelligent, hard working citizens who have made good life decisions while it simultaneously rewards unproductive citizens who have made bad life decisions?

Factors causing violence (2)

sterno (16320) | more than 13 years ago | (#702879)

What do you consider to be the top three contributing factors to violent behavior in our society? If you were elected president, what would you try to do to see that these three contributing factors are eliminated or reduced.


Re:War on Drugs (2)

interiot (50685) | more than 13 years ago | (#702924) []


Al Gore [] : Gore worked to reduce the influence of drugs. The Administration Proposed the Largest Anti-Drug Budgets Ever. The Administration requested $19.2 billion in the FY01 budget to fight the war on drugs.

George Dubya [] : On the supply side, Governor Bush will improve interdiction and stop drugs before they reach our children. He will use better intelligence and surveillance to track and catch drug smugglers before they reach our borders. He will ensure that the INS hires the full allotment of Border Patrol agents required under law. Right now, the GAO reports that the INS had "a net shortfall of 594 agents for the 3-year period ending September 30, 1999." Governor Bush will hire more agents, and will reform the INS to better focus on its job of defending our border.

Protecting youth (2)

TheKodiak (79167) | more than 13 years ago | (#702975)

This country has long since been forced to admit that adults may subscribe to vices, but that the government may intercede when children attempt to partake of the same vices. (q.v. smoking, gambling, drinking, obscenity and voting.) Governmental intercession regarding youth access to all types of obscenity, be it pornographic, violent, or simply offensive, is becoming increasingly more difficult with the advent of the Internet. How do you intend to uphold the ability of adults to partake of obscenity, as is their sometimes right under the First Amendment, while still making access to such obscenities difficult for children? Or would you propose that the governments intent shift, either lessening adult access to obscenity, or reducing government restrictions on the same?

Thank you.

Schools and computers (2)

discore (80674) | more than 13 years ago | (#702976)

Recently I went to pickup my 6th grade little sister at her school, and I was sort of shocked to see that they still had P-90 computers. She goes to a public school in a middle class neighborhood.
Do you have any plans to take money out of projects that are not working (ie. the war on drugs) and put them into public schools for computers and better computer classes for younger students?
When ever a question like this is asked, all canidates reply with a "what you want to hear" answer. I'd expect nothing less this year, but maybe someone should actually start making some changes in the way public education money is spent.

Technology Question (2)

anacron (85469) | more than 13 years ago | (#702977)

1. Do you believe the Internet needs more regulation? 2. Does the government want information to be free?

Digital Privacy (2)

Money__ (87045) | more than 13 years ago | (#702980)

Given the recent concern about internet privacy brought up by Simson Garfinkel [] in his book [] , What is your vision of the future of privacy laws in the US to protect US consumers from the wholesale distrobution of their "digital biobroghies"?

For Nader (2)

blakestah (91866) | more than 13 years ago | (#702983)

I saw an interview with you in which you basically stated that your personal motivation for seeking the presidency comes from the your inability to remain an effective consumer advocate. Basically, you said that corporations have the legistative process so tied up that lobbying for non-profit consumer advocacy is like talking to a closed door. Can you expound on this and give examples ??

Of all places, the interview was on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

-Dave Blake

Re:To Gore about the Internet (2)

Dman33 (110217) | more than 13 years ago | (#703000)

Thanks to Eric Zorn with the Chicago Tribune for this:

In June 1986, back when there were fewer than 5,000 network host sites (there are tens of millions today) available to a comparative handful of knowledgeable users, Gore, then a senator from Tennessee, introduced the Supercomputer Network Study Act in response to fears in the research community that the U.S. was dangerously lagging in this area.

Then in October 1988, Gore introduced the National High-Performance Computer Technology Act. After it died, he reintroduced it in May of the following year. It called for more ambitious funding to improve and expand the connections between universities, libraries and other institutions. Both before and after the act passed in 1991, Gore spoke frequently of "the information superhighway," a phrase he is widely credited with coining and that recalled the key role his late father, also a U.S. senator, played in building (figuratively, of course!) the interstate highway system.

Computer scientist Vinton Cerf, sometimes called "The Father of the Internet," was co-designer of the communications protocol that forms the backbone of the Internet and a pioneer in the academic/military computer networks from which the Internet sprung. In a statement sent to me Monday by MCI WorldCom, where he is now senior vice president of Internet Architecture and Technology, Cerf wrote:

"Gore's support for the research agencies ... helped to shape the development of the NSFNET--a national network with international connections that took up where its predecessor, the ARPANET, left off. ... By the mid-late 1980s, then-Senator Gore had become a visible proponent of NSFNET, which enthusiasm and insight continued and grew with his election to the Vice Presidency. For having seen the potential in these technologies, and for having pursued and argued for legislation and administration support for research in these areas ... I think it is entirely fitting that the Vice President take some credit for helping to create an environment in which [the] Internet could thrive."

There you have it. If you wish to read the entire article that I got this info from you can either do a simple search on google or you can just click on this link:


Re:Digital Rights (2)

Trinition (114758) | more than 13 years ago | (#703004)

I think this might need to be expanded to include more information. Possibly UCITA, the ever-growing copyright terms and ridiculous patents.

Re:Drug War (2)

kag (131352) | more than 13 years ago | (#703010)

Oh boy, hit submit instead of preview.
Let me correct my spelling please.

Presidential Candidates:

With the media and public acknowledging the failures of the "War on Drugs" what do you
plan to do with this "war" if you reach the White house?

To Ralph: Support for open source? (2)

Glowing Fish (155236) | more than 13 years ago | (#703020)

This is a question for Ralph Nader.

Will you switch the government over to Open Source operating systems instead of proprietary corporate operating systems?

Privacy, free speech and government monitoring (2)

techmuse (160085) | more than 13 years ago | (#703023)

There is considerable worry in the technical community about the use of monitoring devices such as Carnivore and potential mandates for government access to private communications on the Internet. using key escrow or other techniques. The argument has been made that only criminals will actually have something to hide, but most of us would still rather not have someone else reading our private e-mail, even if there is nothing of any legal consequence in it. What will you do to protect both our constitutional rights, and our social rights, such as our right to privacy, online?

Military (2)

AntiPasto (168263) | more than 13 years ago | (#703030)

I've heard that the US Army is looking into a non-war suplimentary draft. Is this even possible?


DMCA (2)

DustyHodges (174738) | more than 13 years ago | (#703033)

What are your feelings on the DMCA, and what steps will you take to enforce/repeal it if elected?

Tax cuts follow-up (2)

sulli (195030) | more than 13 years ago | (#703045)

To all the candidates: Why not use the surplus to pay down the debt, and then cut taxes when we need it (during BAD economic times) instead of now, when we don't need it?

Re:My ballot doesn't list several of these candida (2)

femgeek (196944) | more than 13 years ago | (#703046)

Each state has different requirments on how a person can get on their ballot. If a candidate doesn't fullfill those requirements, then he or she won't be a choice for you.

Some states have little to no requirements, and so everyone and their brother is on the ballot; some states have very tough requirements and few people other than those who are involved with the major parties will be on the ballot.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons,

Gore, Bush (2)

sips (212702) | more than 13 years ago | (#703060)

Can both of you put to rest the foolish idea that many of the internet audience and slashdot especially do of thinking that there is one political party and that you are *not* controlled by various industry interests. I really feel that democracy works and that there is little to fear but many of my associates feel that there is some problem. Could you set this straight.

My ballot doesn't list several of these candidates (2)

tewl (226290) | more than 13 years ago | (#703067)

I got my absentee ballot and several of these candidates aren't listed and others are... Can anyone explain this?

This is who is listed on my absentee ballot-

Harry Browne - Libertarian
Pat Buchanan - Reform
George Bush - Republican
Al Gore - Democrat
John Hagelin - Natural Law
James Harris - Socialist Workers
Denny Lane - Vermont Grassroots
David McReynolds - Liberty Union
Ralph Nader - Progressive/Green
Howard Philips - Constitution

Big Brother Corporatism? (2)

Daikiki (227620) | more than 13 years ago | (#703069)

Do you underwrite the growing feeling that the lives and liberties of normal citizens are increasingly being curtailed by the interests of large corporations and special interest groups, or is it your opinion that these corporations and special interest groups are representative of the American people at large?

Electoral Reform (2)

Daikiki (227620) | more than 13 years ago | (#703070)

How do you feel about the current electoral system? Do you find the use of popular media an effective way to get an objective message accross, or would you prefer a more controlled method of campaigning? Furthermore, traditionally a large percentage of the American people chooses not to exercise their right to vote. On one hand, it is known that something as simple as pleasant weather on an election day leads to a higher turnout, and a better result for left wing candidates. On the other hand, in Belgium, where voting is mandatory, a high percentage of the population chooses to vote for extreme right wing candidates. Do you beleive voting should remain a right, or should voting be considered a duty?

Re:War on Drugs (2)

eeks (243210) | more than 13 years ago | (#703074)

Instead of attacking the supply unsucessfully, they should attack the demand more vigorously.

Computers in education (3)

McSnickered (67307) | more than 13 years ago | (#703090)

Mr. Bush,

While I am in favor of providing some computer access to kids of all ages in school, I feel that there is too much emphasis on schools purchasing computers for what I would suggest is state-sponsored babysitting: math games, surfing the internet in class, etc. Rather than learning how to create with computers, children are just given eye candy to keep them busy.

My question is, as a candidate pushing a strong education platform, what role do you see computers playing in public education?

Drug War (3)

kag (131352) | more than 13 years ago | (#703094)

Presidential Candidates: With the media and public acknowlidging the failures of the "War on Drugs" what do you plan to do with this war if you reach the Whitehouse?

Fuzzy math (3)

jaga~ (175770) | more than 13 years ago | (#703098)

A question for either of the 2 major candidates:

After watching the first Presidential Candidate debate, I discussed it with someone who is from Europe and he was quite confused by the blatent misunderstanding and interpretation of the financial outlines of each candidate. He made a very strong and prevelent comment: Why doesn't the American people have a structured independent body in place to publically review financial plans and post the results? W Bush can claim all he wants about Gore's financial plan, and Gore does the same for Bush; the American people then make their judgements based on who they believe more. This isn't a sales job they are applying for, why don't we have in place a public outlet for public examination of proposed plans such as the financial one? I believe this would alleviate some of the misconceptions that are based around these and other Presidential races.

What is the most important issue? (3)

boing boing (182014) | more than 13 years ago | (#703099)

For each candidate:

What is the most important issue that you would concentrate your presidency on? What is your stance on that issue? Why is it right? And how would you affect real change in regards to that issue?

P.S. Please don't answer vaguely...I want one issue. And DO NOT talk about building consensus. If the issue is that important, you BETTER have a position that you think is RIGHT and good REASON for it.

Urban growth and suburban sprawl (3)

sulli (195030) | more than 13 years ago | (#703100)

Admittedly this is a local issue, but to all the candidates: what would you do to promote environmentally friendly urban growth and reduce suburban sprawl, thereby preserving open space? Or do you think this is a good idea?

Merits of information availability (4)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#703102)

One hallmark of a free society is the ability to expand one's experience through education.
Everyone recognizes that information-sharing mediums such as the internet can harbor ideas, sentiments, data thought to be harmful to children or unstable persons. But so can a library. Or a newspaper. Or the radio..etc.
What are the candidates' opinions on restricting access to potentially "harmful" information? Is it not better to restrict access on the "client" side than try to impose restrictions on the source of said information?
Thank you.

DMCA (4)

Mr. Piccolo (18045) | more than 13 years ago | (#703105)

Actually this is a two-parter:

1. Do you believe the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) is constitutional?

2. Do you believe the DMCA is in the consumer's best interest?

Gore: Copyright (4)

owillis (74881) | more than 13 years ago | (#703108)

Do you feel that current implementation of copyright law is tipped too much in favor of corporations vs. individuals?
DigitalContent PAC []

Fair use Vs. DMCA (4)

cworley (96911) | more than 13 years ago | (#703109)

It's thought that had the DMCA been law in the 80's, Compaq would never have been able to clean-room reverse-engineer the IBM bios, which many believe started the PC revolution.

In what ways would you modify the "fair use" clauses in the DMCA?


Republican and Democratic Presidential Debate (4)

Viking Coder (102287) | more than 13 years ago | (#703110)

Which single response to a question during the Republican and Democratic Presidential Debates did you find most obejectionable? Put another way, which single issue do you think most differentiates you from the two "main" candidates for President? (If you are one of the "main" candidates, which single issue most differentiates your view from the other "main" candidate?)

DMCA (4)

Cullpepper (106167) | more than 13 years ago | (#703111)

What is your opinion of the use and usefulness of the DMCA, and its application to the music, video and software industries? Would you favor a repeal?

Trivial Patents and Trademarking Colors (4)

Prof_Dagoski (142697) | more than 13 years ago | (#703112)

Many in the technology community are concerned with the rise business practice patents. Many of the patents represent trivial applications of existing technology with Amazon's One-Click-Shopping patent being a notorius example. In addition, trademarks are becoming more all encompassing as Pepsi's trademark application of the color royal blue indicates. In light of these trends do feel that the US patent and trademark systems need to be reviewed and possibly reformed? Does the patent office need more resources to process the intellectual productivity of the new economy? How do you see broad patents affecting indidual creatvity and the ablity of smaller companies entering the tech industry late to innovate?

For GW Bush (4)

snarfer (168723) | more than 13 years ago | (#703114)


Please describe issues where you will vote against your largest campaign donors.

For the Veep & the Gov (4)

cyphergirl (186872) | more than 13 years ago | (#703116)

How can the two of you (and your respective parties) justify:

1. refusing access to third parties to debate with you?

2. refuse to allow Ralph Nader to attend the debates as an audience member w/ a valid ticket?

The debate commission which sets the rules for the three debates is owned joinly by the dems & repubs. Those two parties own the elections... until the "third parties" get equal access to the debates & the public, the poor people of this country will be afraid to vote for anyone other than the D or R. Let's face it, at this point, a vote for anyone else is almost a wasted vote.. and that's truely sick and sad. Instead of seeing "_________________ won 7% of the vote, maybe we should start listening to the people that voted for him" we'll be hearing things like "_______________ took 7% of the vote away from ____ (---insert four letter word of your choice here)

Can I get a "none of the above" choice on my ballot please?

Corporate power (4)

Atreides_78723 (228515) | more than 13 years ago | (#703117)

Lady and Gentlemen,
What precisely are your positions regarding the imbalance between corporate power and individual liberty and what do you specifically do you intend to do to safeguard individual liberty?

War on Drugs (5)

Tim Doran (910) | more than 13 years ago | (#703119)

The War on Drugs has been a consistently neglected topic in discussions surrounding this federal election. My question is, do you believe the War on Drugs has been an unqualified success, and if not, what would you change about it if elected president? Further, does your solution represent a change in strategy, or just more of the same?

How Do You Feel About Intellectual Property? (5)

Phil Gregory (1042) | more than 13 years ago | (#703120)

In this age of the Internet, intellectual property has become a very important concept to many people. Many companies make their living on the artificial scarcity provided by intellectual property laws, selling information that they have either created or aggregated. Some others, mostly in the Free Software world, make their living seemingly in spite of these laws, selling their services based on information that is freely given.

Do you feel that out current system of intellectual property is a good one? Which parts of it (e.g. trademarks, patents, copyrights) do you feel are well suited to the world of the Internet and which do you think need to be changed (and, if changes are needed, what changes are needed)?

--Phil (I'm quite glad to see this article and look forward to the responses.)

Pro or con? (5)

sab39 (10510) | more than 13 years ago | (#703123)

There are a few issues that repeatedly come up on forums (fora?) like SlashDot. I am curious to know your positions on these issues; in the form of a simple "pro" or "con".

1) Software Patents
2) UCITA - the Uniform Computer Information and Transactions Act
3) DMCA - the Digital Millenium Copyright Act
4) The illegalization of DeCSS (open source software for watching DVDs - often mischaracterized as DVD copying software)
5) Extension of copyrights from 14yrs to lifetime and more
6) The antitrust case against Microsoft

For any items which you answered "con", please indidcate briefly what you will do to work against these, since all of them are currently happening.

(Note - as far as I can tell as a regular reader here, the only item on this list which is controversial on SlashDot is number 6; the first 5 are (almost) universally opposed here.)

Why give a tax cut? (5)

funkman (13736) | more than 13 years ago | (#703125)

With the surplus, everyone has been saying "Let's have a tax cut, Let's have a tax cut". In the meantime, Alan Greenspan and friends are trying to keep inflation and the speed of the growing economy in check so it doesn't burst. Which they are doing by raising interest rates periodically. (6 times this year)

A tax cut flies in the face of what Greenspan is trying to do. A tax cut will inject more money into the economy and do what Greenspan is preventing.

Why is a tax cut so big? Wouldn't the money be better spent on the deficit so when worse times roll along, a tax cut can be easily given by not paying as much on the debt?

Media "Decency" (5)

rkent (73434) | more than 13 years ago | (#703133)

In light of the recent federal report finding that adu lt content is aimed at minors [] , much of this campaign's rhetoric has had to do with "decency" in the media and "protecting the children." However, no one has really said much besides "something must be done." For the candidates who said this, what, exactly is "something?" What specifically would you do to protect minors from violent content without infringing on the rights of musicians, writers, and filmmakers?

electoral reform (5)

carleton (97218) | more than 13 years ago | (#703136)

Some people, especially those that favor '3-rd' party candidates, have called for the ending of the electoral college system to be replaced by a simple purely popular vote, or at least allowing for splitting the electoral votes by each state. The best recent example was the Bush-Clinton election. Clinton received 43% of the popular vote (but a sufficient majority of the electoral vote), whereas Perot got at least 10% of the popular vote but zero electoral votes. If memory serves, Vermont is the only state which does currently allow for its votes to be split; if someone wins 60% of the Vermont popular vote, they get 2 votes and the 40% candidate gets 1. This in contrast to California, where someone can get 51% of the popular vote, and therefore gets 53 (or whatever it is nowadays) electoral votes. What is your position on this issue?

Minority Religions... (5)

Electric Angst (138229) | more than 13 years ago | (#703138)

What will you do to protect the rights of athiests and those who hold minority faiths, such as Wicca, Santaria, Shinto, et al?


Youth Violence and the Internet (5)

Prof_Dagoski (142697) | more than 13 years ago | (#703139)

Recent comments at the presidential debates indicate that this issue is on the public policy radar. Moreover, we have heard from media and politicians alike that there is a growing epidemic of youth violence precipated from depictions of violence in the media and on the Internet. My first question is 1) Do the numbers actually show an epidemic of violence, or are we all caught up in the hype of recent abberant mass murders? Please indicate the source of your statistics. 2) Throurghout the nineties and starting in the eighties, real spending on education and youth programs have declined dramatically. What impact do you think this has had on youth crime and violence, and what do you propose to do about it? 3) Do you believe that filtering the Internet and other media can have a real impact on youth violence, especially when compared with racial, income, educational, and regional indicators on violence? If so why.

In lieu of the above, or in addition to, please summarize your social and educations policies and how they will effect the lives of young people. Of interest to me personally is what programs do you propose for high school age kids, and what plans if any do you have to make attaining higher education easier.

GNP question (5)

atlantageek (166719) | more than 13 years ago | (#703140)

As a percentage of the GNP, how big should the government budget be?

Digital Rights (5)

Blue Weirdo (178504) | more than 13 years ago | (#703143)

Little by little the rights of Americans are being taken away to protect the interests of corporations. We have especially seen this happen in the arts world where well established rights of fair use of a copyrighted work are being diregarded by laws like the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). What is your opinion of this current trend and what steps if any would you take to change it?
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