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Help Select Questions for Bush and Kerry

Roblimo posted more than 9 years ago | from the the-two-best-major-party-candidates-in-the-whole-country dept.

Democrats 1501

This is a strange post in that it has 50 comments attached to it already. These are 50 questions for Bush and Kerry selected by non-Slashdot moderators, as explained in our original call for help with the New Voters Project Presidential Youth Debate. At this point, where you come in is not only with extra-insightful moderation of these 50 questions, but with your "many eyes" trying to spot questions these two candidates have answered elsewhere so that the final questions presented to them are not repeats. The first 40 questions are from potential voters aged 18 - 35. The last 10 are from future voters 13 - 17. And that's enough explanation. From here we might as well jump right into the questions...

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18-35 #1 ELECTION/VOTING REFORM: (5, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368348)

President Bush and Senator Kerry, both of you talk a lot about the importance of promoting democracy in other countries. However, I have never heard either of you take on the issue of election reform in our own country. The current presidential system seems to have several shortcomings, including two-party duopoly and the ability to win the Election even after losing the popular vote. This hardly seems democratic. What are your positions on instant-runoff voting and proportional representation? Do you currently, and would you in the future, support any reforms to encourage a greater diversity in our political system?

Re:18-35 #1 ELECTION/VOTING REFORM: (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369431)

All these questions suck

No one cares!

Support Election Reform, check out fairvote.org (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369473)

fairvote [fairvote.org] is the organization fighting for IRV and PR in America.

Californians, check out Californians for Electoral Reform [cfer.org]

Despite the lack of IRV and PR; please vote this November!

Re:18-35 #1 ELECTION/VOTING REFORM: (3, Insightful)

Thunderstruck (210399) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369476)

Does it seem that this question is loaded with bias against the electoral system? I think a question regarding the future of the electoral college is a good one, but this one seems loaded.

Perhaps it would be better to ask whether the influence of the electors should be removed, maintained, or increased?

Um, that's how the founders did it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369480)

They purposely chose the electoral college system rather than a direct vote, so there was always a chance the popular vote could be one way and the elector vote a different way. It happened before any of us were even born. They feared mob rule, and in this day, we still should.

Re:Um, that's how the founders did it (1)

hackwrench (573697) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369519)

Please explain how popular vote of the president is anywhere near mob rule. Thanks.

Re:Um, that's how the founders did it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369540)

Okay, let's say on election eve a huge scandal breaks, and the news reports say a candidate was actually a traitor and a spy and they showed "proof." Now, let's assume everyone hears about this that night, goes and votes the next day, and that person loses. Well, we could find out weeks later that the story was faked to influence the elector. The electoral college would prevent this sort of thing from deciding the election. It's also a good backup in case of terrorist disrupted elections.

Re:18-35 #1 ELECTION/VOTING REFORM: (5, Insightful)

Salis (52373) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369525)

A better electorate question might ask the candidates how they feel about the usage of paper-less electronic voting machines which have proven vulnerabilities.

There are many ways to tally the votes (electoral college, proportional electorate by state, etc), but if the votes themselves are vulnerable to fraud then democracy of any type is in peril.

Re:18-35 #1 ELECTION/VOTING REFORM: (1)

catbutt (469582) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369545)

I think you should change "instant runoff voting" to "ranked choice voting", which is a more general term that applies not only to IRV but to the much superior Condorcet methods. True IRV is a very flawed system.

18-35 #2 ELECTION/VOTING REFORM (1, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368354)

Since we are living in an age where technology is becoming more and more advanced and people are getting more comfortable with the existence of computers, does any political party (democrat, republican, independent, or other) have any intention of trying to expand voting online? Assuming the rights of the voters are protected, I would gladly cast my vote online.

Re:18-35 #2 ELECTION/VOTING REFORM (1)

orthogonal (588627) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369439)

Assuming the rights of the voters are protected, I would gladly cast my vote online.

Assuming the moon was made of green cheese, I would eat it.

Assuming Natalie Portman couldn't keep her hands off me, I'd do her.

Assuming this gun isn't loaded, I'll gladly put it in mouth a and pull the *KA-Booom*

Kid, you're assuming an awful lot -- and I'm almost convinced you don't deserve to vote given how readily you assume the unlikely or impossible.

18-35 #3 ELECTION/VOTING REFORM (0, Troll)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368372)

To me as a young voter this is the most discouraging aspect of trying to stay involved in the political process: my elected representatives make laws that represent my views as a citizen (and the majority of my fellow citizens), only to be overturned by a judiciary not elected by me or my fellow citizens who wield their power from the bench to promote their own political and social agendas. Why should I vote?

Re:18-35 #3 ELECTION/VOTING REFORM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369461)

dork... that means whatever you wanted was unconstitutional. they are protecting the minority, even if the majority wants it.

Re:18-35 #3 ELECTION/VOTING REFORM (1, Insightful)

orthogonal (588627) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369510)

To me as a young voter this is the most discouraging aspect of trying to stay involved in the political process: my elected representatives make laws that represent my views as a citizen

So you're a young voter who
  • doesn't smoke pot,
  • drives slowly
  • isn't worried about paying for college
  • and stands to benefit from tax cuts for the wealthiest 1%?
Because that's what your "representatives" are voting for: more drug laws, more prisons, and more corporate wealfare.

And your biggest worry isn't getting laid, or getting into a good school, getting a decent job when you graduate or avoiding having to join the Army and go to Iraq, it's the gasp unelected judiciary "promot[ing] their own political and social agendas"?

Come the fuck on!

Is there anyone reading the parent post who thinks it wasn't written by Karl Rove or Jerry Falwell and then pressed into this "young voter's" sweaty palm by rich Daddy, who told him, "now go out and make Dubya proud"?

Don't piss down my leg and tell me that it's raining, frat boy.

18-35 #4 AIDS: (3, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368384)

Every day, 10,000 people die of AIDS, not only in Africa, but also in the U.S. and every country in the world. Many people say AIDS is the worst disaster the world has ever seen because it is killing millions of young people, and robbing the world of its future. While the U.S. is spending more to fight AIDS than ever before, we're still not nearing the minimal goals the UN has set for total global AIDS funding ($12 billion by 2005 and $20 billion for 2007). As President of the richest and most powerful country, what proportion of this $20 billion price tag are you prepared to meet? Also, regarding the $15 billion we've pledged to go toward HIV/AIDS programs in 15 of the world's hardest hit nations over the next 5 years, what will the U.S.'s role be in the other nations that are suffering from the AIDS crisis, and what can Americans do to ensure that the entire $15 billion of support pledged by our government goes towards fighting HIV/AIDS worldwide, regardless of who wins this Election?

Re:18-35 #4 AIDS: (3, Insightful)

Jerf (17166) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369534)

Read this question out loud to yourself, slowly and clearly. It took me a full minute. Too long.

It's getting modded as a troll, which may be unfair; that may be a reflection of the way it spends too much time leading the witness, so to speak. Yes, I assure you, both candidates will promise you anything you want after asking a question like that, and the 15 trillion I spend will be better spent than the 15 trillion the other guy would spend.

18-35 #5 CIVIL LIBERTIES/JUSTICE (5, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368399)

In the next four years we will see the appointment of possibly (2) new Supreme Court justices. My question to the candidates is this: I understand that your decision could justifiably change tomorrow, but, if you had to appoint someone to the Supreme Court today - on this very day - who, specifically, would that person be and why?

18-35 #6 DRUG POLICY (3, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368408)

There are thousands of deaths annually in the U.S. that are attributable to alcohol overdose. In addition, alcohol intoxication is associated with violent behavior. Yet alcohol remains widely available. Another common drug, marijuana, cannot kill by overdose, and does not cause violent behavior. In light of these facts, how will your administration rationalize the continued prohibition of marijuana, which is a less harmful drug?

Re:18-35 #6 DRUG POLICY (1)

The Pi-Guy (529892) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369489)

I dunno. I think the goal of this is to get opinions, not to persuade. Much as I agree with the questioner, I'm not so sure that this is appropriate for this forum.

Re:18-35 #6 DRUG POLICY (5, Insightful)

MacDork (560499) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369496)

Additionally, could you explain why outlawing alcohol required an amendment to the constitution, yet no amendment is necessary to prohibit the use of marijuana and other illegal drugs.

Re:18-35 #6 DRUG POLICY (4, Interesting)

ktulu1115 (567549) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369505)

What do you conclude from the experience of Holland--a country where drugs fall under the jurisdiction of health agencies, not law enforcement--which has seen a decline in chronic use of hard drugs and casual use of soft drugs since de-criminalization?

Re:18-35 #6 DRUG POLICY (5, Insightful)

Spyffe (32976) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369513)

I think this is the best of the three questions on drug policy. Frankly, they are redundant and should be lumped into one question somehow.

Re:18-35 #6 DRUG POLICY (1)

Spyffe (32976) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369538)

I seem unable to count. The fourth question (on financial aid) is distinct and I think if it passes it ought to be a separate question.

Re:18-35 #6 DRUG POLICY (1)

Thunderstruck (210399) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369515)

Given the text of the 21st amendment to the United States' constitution which repealed prohibition, I don't know that the Federal government actually has the authority to regulate alcohol on that scale. As such, is this a question that really applies to presidential candidates?

Re:18-35 #6 DRUG POLICY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369524)

The answer is simple: ban alcohol.

Thanks for your suggestion!

18-35 #7 DRUG POLICY (5, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368414)

In the name of America's youth, billions of dollars have been spent on the War on Drugs. While we have seen our economy dwindle, and educational and social spending on the chopping block, our prison population continues to grow, mostly for nonviolent drug offenses. As a member of the so-called "DARE generation", my question is simply, do you find our current drug strategy effective, or is it time to look to alternatives for reform?

Re:18-35 #7 DRUG POLICY (4, Insightful)

ktulu1115 (567549) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369529)

Why should 270 million citizens continue to pay $50 billion per year to try to change the habits of 20 million people, considering that this policy has not been able to change those habits in 82 years and at a total cost of nearly one trillion dollars?

18-35 #8 DRUG POLICY (3, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368424)

With 80 percent of U.S. citizens agreeing that it should be provided, nine - and soon to be more - states accepting it, several organizations including American Nurse's Assn. and Texas Medical Association have resolutions supporting it, and even the current President himself once stated, "I believe each state can choose that decision as they so choose," why is it that medical marijuana is still illegal by federal standards and not the decision of the states or the individuals it affects?

18-35 #9 DRUG POLICY (5, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368437)

I have a question about the HEA drug provision. This provision disqualifies students with drug convictions from receiving financial aid. Black students and lower to middle class students are unfairly targeted, as wealthier students can afford tuition and need not apply for financial aid. Do you feel it is necessary to deny financial aid to a student who already paid for their crime? Are you aware that students with a rape or murder conviction are not exempt from receiving financial aid?

Re:18-35 #9 DRUG POLICY (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369542)

Here's a tip for the lower classes and minorities: don't do drugs and stop breaking the law!

IT REALLY IS THAT SIMPLE

18-35 #10 DRAFT (4, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368442)

Democratic Congressmen Charles Rangel and Ernest Hollings have been pushing to reinstate and change the draft, Senate 89 and House 163. The two bills call for the drafting of women, and don't allow exemptions for college or only children. The Congressmen are pushing the bill under the claim that too many minorities are fighting for our country (CNN.com, February, 2003). What are the chances of either of you supporting such a drastic change in our drafting process?

18-35 #11 DRAFT (4, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368452)

Under what circumstances would you institute a draft to fight the war on terrorism, or institute any other national service (such as the Universal National Service Act) to fight any other war?

18-35 #12 ENVIRONMENT (5, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368458)

In the 1960s, a concerted effort was made, at the behest of Pres. Kennedy, to reach the moon within 10 years, an incredibly ambitious goal that was ultimately achieved. Do you think that, if a similar effort were made to develop alternative fuels, we would be similarly successful, and would you be willing to make this effort? Also, what benefits do you see alternative fuels bringing our nation, with respect to education, environment, security, and foreign policy?

Re:18-35 #12 ENVIRONMENT (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369500)

I say this one is a repeat. It's pretty much ripped word for word from John Kerry's speeches. Bush may give an interesting answer, but I'm not all that confident that he will.

18-35 #13 CHILD ABUSE (-1, Troll)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368471)

What do you intend to do about the rampant child abuse in our country? Children are our future yet they are so often swept under the rug. Children are beaten, starved, molested, maligned and killed in all sorts of horrific ways and this country's leaders are uninterested in the loss of innocence. I would like to see child abuse moved to the front of someone's agenda. I would like someone to care.

18-35 #14 ANIMAL RIGHTS (0)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368487)

What do you intend to do about animal rights? What plans will you set forth to protect the abused, homeless, starving, and neglected animals in the U.S.?

18-35 #15 EDUCATION (SEX ED) (5, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368508)

Having gone to high school in a very conservative area, where parents refused to teach their children proper sex education, I watched 20 of my classmates leave due to teenage pregnancy. Some knew about sex while others had no idea how to get pregnant. What is your opinion on sex education in the classroom and what resources (information, condoms, etc) should be used? Do you believe that teaching abstinence alone is enough to save our children from teen pregnancy and spreading disease?

18-35 #16 EDUCATION (SEX ED) (3, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368682)

If you were reelected/elected president, what would you do to protect the rights of home-schooled in America? In what ways would you help the growing home-school community?

Re:18-35 #16 EDUCATION (SEX ED) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369536)

hey guys, does this really have to do with SEX ED? (I think it's mislabeled)

-- Qubit

18-35 #17 FOREIGN POLICY (5, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368717)

The U.S. has been accused of cultural and economic imperialism in the past, and now with the situations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, we are being accused by people around the world of imposing our will on others with force. How do you respond to that, and what would you do to restore our nation's reputation around the world?

18-35 #18 FOREIGN POLICY (4, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368727)

What do you see as the biggest difference between your approach to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the approach of your opponent? What are some specific problems with your opponent's approach?

18-35 #19 FAMILY VALUES (1, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368734)

Presently, divorce rates and juvenile delinquency are at all time highs. Issues like these are contributing to one of the most ominous threats on the horizon of this young nation - the disintegration of the family unit. As President, what will you do to slow the steady erosion of traditional family values?

Re:18-35 #19 FAMILY VALUES (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369452)

Divorce rates have been declining for more than two decades.

I don't think there are any rates for something as fuzzy as "juvenile delinquency", but I'd guess that the general decline in crime rates would cover this.

Re:18-35 #19 FAMILY VALUES (2, Insightful)

The Pi-Guy (529892) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369528)

Is this really the President's job? Family values are such a touchy issue that if a President brought their opinions in there, it would likely be a breach of the separation between Church and State.

18-35 #20 GLOBAL ECONOMY (5, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368740)

Whoever sits in the White House on January 21, 2005, will preside over an America that has seen almost 30 years since the passage of the 1975 Metric Conversion Act. In those three decades, delayed enforcement and waivers have stunted the effect of this act on adopting SI as a common standard for Americans. This negatively impacts the U.S.'s competitive stance in the global economy. As President, what would you do to achieve the goals of the 1975 Metric Conversion Act?

18-35 #21 GLBT (5, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368753)

Why won't the candidates address the difference between civil marriage and religious marriage? Do they recognize the significance that this demarcation holds as a stand against discrimination? Do they realize how their unwillingness to address this issue impacts every aspect of GLBT's (and their families') lives? Are they aware that when political issues call civil rights into question that hate crimes raise exponentially?

Re:18-35 #21 GLBT (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369502)

Are you aware that no one gives a shit about your plight? Is your condition a disease? If so, we need a cure! Is your condition voluntary? If so, shut up and deal with the consequences.

Black people are born black. Asian people are born asian. Fags, on the other hand, either have a choice or a malady. Pick your poison. You don't deserve equal rights.

18-35 #22 HEALTH INSURANCE (5, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368766)

My husband works for a small business, about 20 people maximum, and the insurance the company offers not only would cost over 1/3 of his monthly income, but it would not cover our son due to his 'pre existing condition' (asthma). My question to you is, do either of you plan to make the limitations for assistance higher? Eliminate 'pre-existing conditions,' such as asthma? Make it to where agencies that provide assistance not just look at a monthly income, but look at the monthly outgoing?

18-35 #23 IMMIGRATION (1, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368778)

Our immigration policies on family unification of permanent residents are far from adequate and causing a lot of pain due to family separation. There are several bills introduced that are pending consideration in this election year. Will these bills (ex: HR 3701, HR 3918, etc) be addressed soon?

18-35 #24 IRAQ/FOREIGN AFFAIRS (5, Insightful)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368788)

The United States, by invading Iraq, used international support and resources to lead the fight against nuclear weapons. However, no weapons were found in Iraq. How do you think this has hurt or helped our efforts against nuclear proliferation in countries such as Iran and North Korea?

18-35 #25 IRAQ/FOREIGN AFFAIRS (3, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368798)

I am in the military and I want to know if the war in Iraq is going to have a long-term affect on stateside military funding under your control?

18-35 #26 IRAQ/FOREIGN AFFAIRS (5, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368806)

Would the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan make it harder to declare war on, say, Iran or North Korea if the need exists?

18-35 #27 IRAQ/FOREIGN AFFAIRS (5, Insightful)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368816)

What is the plan for dealing with Iraq if the citizens of Iraq vote in favor of a fundamentalist Islamic form of government that resembles the one currently existing in Iran? How will your administration work to preserve the roots of democracy that have been cultivated in this middle eastern country if the citizens of Iraq vote in a theocratic form of governance?

18-35 #28 IRAQ/FOREIGN AFFAIRS (4, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368826)

Dear Sirs, what specifically are your plans to ensure both Iran and North Korea do not obtain nuclear missile capabilities and additionally, and what is your stance on the defense of Taiwan?

18-35 #29 IRAQ/FOREIGN AFFAIRS (4, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368834)

In the light of 9/11, Palestinian militant groups were designated as terrorist groups. This action has precluded communications and these groups involvement in peace negations. How do you propose to break the deadlock in this peace process, and what is your vision for how this peace will look (statehood, disarmament, settlements, etc)? Will this action be taken by individual nations (the road map which was supported by the U.S., Russia, etc) or through the UN (Security Council resolution)?

18-35 #30 LEGAL REFORM (5, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368845)

In light of a number of recent publicized legal cases, including the suing of illegal file sharers by the RIAA [Recording Industry Assoc. Amer.], it seems that our legal system is slanted to benefit those with money. Large companies and rich individuals can afford lengthy legal proceedings with multiple lawyers, while non-upper class individuals often do not have the same access. This forces many individuals to settle cases, even if they believe they have done nothing wrong. What can be done to fix this injustice?

Re:18-35 #30 LEGAL REFORM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369458)

Study the law and find out that everything you thought you knew about how wrong things were with the law is wrong.

Re:18-35 #30 LEGAL REFORM (-1, Troll)

samrolken (246301) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369518)

This question makes no sense. If the RIAA had ripped off someone elses' intellectual property, they would be just as easy to sue.

And if music thieves don't believe they have done anything wrong, why are they settling? The RIAA might be able to hire good lawyers, but they can't change the truth.

18-35 #31 LEGAL REFORM (4, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368854)

Dear Mr. President and Senator, as a local nurse, I am interested in how you plan to help ease the stress many OB/GYN physicians and OB/GYN nurses have due to the ocean of malpractice lawsuits. How can you help us, as healthcare providers to NOT live in fear of undue lawsuits?

Re:18-35 #31 LEGAL REFORM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369490)

Here is some actual data on the subject:

http://www.citizen.org/documents/ACF42D4.pdf

18-35 #32 MEDIA/DEREGULATION (5, Insightful)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368859)

Nearly 100 American media resources today are owned by only 5 corporations. While the Senate's overruling of the FCC's controversial 3-to-2 decision to further deregulate media ownership rules in June of 2003 is a source of encouragement, most Americans want more variety in their sources of news and entertainment. What will you do to ensure that Americans have accurate sources of information to base their democratic decisions on?

18-35 #33 MEDICAL (4, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368934)

Though the U.S. is the undisputed world leader, we fall last in line behind all other industrialized countries when it comes to post-partum maternity benefits. With all the proven advantages of a mother staying home with her child during the first year of life, what do you propose for changes in legislature to ensure a woman is not only allowed time off to stay at home, but can afford to do so by being paid for that time?

18-35 #34 PERSONAL (4, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368945)

Who is doing your respective jobs while you are campaigning? And if your job allows for the additional work that is put into campaigning, then what do you believe you could have accomplished if this were not a campaign year (assuming that you put this additional campaign work into your respective jobs)?

18-35 #35 PERSONAL (5, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368951)

What was the biggest mistake you made in the last four years? What were the negative repercussions of that mistake and what have you done to fix it?

18-35 #36 PERSONAL (5, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368957)

When is it appropriate for a leader to change their opinion? Both sides have been accused of flip-flopping on important issues - President Bush on establishing the Dept. of Homeland Security and steel tariffs, Senator Kerry on the Iraq war. But changing opinion due to thoughtful reconsideration ought not to be derided as flip-flopping. Tell us about a time when you had an honest change of opinion on a topic of national importance.

18-35 #37 PERSONAL (5, Insightful)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368964)

What are the three written works or political thinkers that have contributed the most to your philosophy of governance, and why?

18-35 #38 SOCIAL SECURITY (5, Insightful)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368970)

In regards to social security, as a professional 25-year-old worker I'm concerned that I'm paying into a system, which is severely over-taxed and will be non-existent when I reach retirement. I would like to know what steps will be taken to either ensure I will get the benefits I've paid for, or to allow me to no longer contribute to Social Security and use that extra income to invest myself for my retirement, most likely a Roth IRA.

18-35 #39 SOCIAL SECURITY (4, Insightful)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368977)

Let's look ten years out. Since we have a wave of baby boomers planning on retirement, what effect will their retirement have on me, my family, and the nation as a whole? How will we pay for the trillions that Social Security, Medicaid, and all of the other entitlement programs need to be handled? How does having countries like Japan who are buying our debt change the equation? How does the fact that Japan is heading for their baby boom retirement in 4 years change our equation?

18-35 #40 OTHER (5, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368982)

What is your take on so-called "intellectual property"? Would you veto any attempt to extend the duration of copyrights yet again? Would you attempt to reign in the range of software patents to prevent patents on ideas and trivialities to stifle innovation?

Re:18-35 #40 OTHER (5, Insightful)

Jerf (17166) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369493)

Drop the first part of the question. All it will draw are generic homilies about the importance of IP, how wonderfully innovative Americans are, and how Americans will be more innovative with me than the other guy.

Specificity doesn't guarentee answers, but it makes evasion more obvious and sometimes that's all you can hope for.

13 - 17 #1 TEEN PREGNANCY/SEX EDUCATION (4, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368988)

Considering the reality of the rise in teenage pregnancies, what is your position on the availability of contraceptives, medical care, education and coverage for these health services for teens? Does your position realistically deal with the consequences of teenage pregnancy and teen parents, the resulting poverty, and the rise in back-alley abortions and abandoned newborns? What will you do as president to address this issue, and why?

Re:13 - 17 #1 TEEN PREGNANCY/SEX EDUCATION (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369488)

Although this is an excellent question, it is not technically correct to begin the question with, "Considering the reality of the rise in teenage pregnancies." In the US, the teen pregnancy rate has been falling in recent year [pregnancy-info.net], despite scare stories from the Right Wing.

Re:13 - 17 #1 TEEN PREGNANCY/SEX EDUCATION (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369535)

What reality? Teenage pregnacy rates have been declining for more than a decade.

13 - 17 #2 SPECIAL EDUCATION (4, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10368994)

I am 15 and learning disabled because of a serious heart condition. I am having a difficult time in school. I face increased pressure with the "no child left behind" rules. I get pushed and I cannot keep up. My sister is autistic. I need to know where she will go when she is older. Her school may have to close because they are not getting funding. Why is no one stepping forward to support the growing need for special education?

Re:13 - 17 #2 SPECIAL EDUCATION (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369435)

Because there are more promising people to tend to.

13 - 17 #3 ISSUES OF MORALITY (5, Insightful)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369001)

Why do you say bad things about each other? When I grow up and become President I will be truthful and honest and I won't talk bad about the other guy. You both have a war against each other and you are forgetting we don't care about your war but we care about the War in Iraq. I would like for you to say one good thing about each other.

"Why do you say bad things about each other?" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369433)

These are teenagers, not 8 year-olds.

13 - 17 #4 ISSUES OF MORALITY (4, Insightful)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369004)

If our society were to take a dramatic downfall in morals, what would be the best course of action? Who decides what is moral, and why are we basing our legislation on a book that was written centuries ago?

13 - 17 #5 PERSONAL (5, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369013)

Today, where you're at in your life, would you be willing to die for your country?

13 - 17 #6 PERSONAL (3, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369017)

What has influenced you to run for office? What do you hope to contribute that the other candidates are not able or willing to contribute to the government and the people?

13 - 17 #7 TOLERANCE/DISCRIMINATION (5, Insightful)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369027)

The Bush administration has made a big deal of President Bush's Christian faith. Democratic candidate John Kerry is also a Christian. My question for both candidates is how does your faith affect your decision-making for the future of our country? Also, America is based on the separation of church and state. For the candidates, is it conflicting to take a position on issues based on Christianity (such as abortion and gay marriage) when not everyone in America believes in God or Christianity?

13 - 17 #8 ENVIRONMENT (5, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369033)

I am concerned about our growing population in the U.S. and all over the world. The traffic, overbuilding and suburban sprawl is not slowing, and I worry, that by the time I am an adult and have a family, that my quality of life is really going to suffer. I would like to hear the presidential candidates address their views on over population, how to control it, its effect on the environment, energy consumption, land use, etc., and on how to stop the overcrowding of both America and the world.

13 - 17 #9 IMMIGRATION/JOBS (4, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369046)

Why, as an American citizen, will I have to compete for jobs and college financial assistance with people who are here illegally from other countries? My immigrant parents followed the rules and waited their turn.

Re:13 - 17 #9 IMMIGRATION/JOBS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369543)

Unless you're a mental midget, this shouldn't be a problem.

13 - 17 #10 GUN CONTRO (2, Insightful)

Roblimo (357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369053)

This question is for both candidates. Senator Kerry, if you are elected President, what would you do to cut down on guns in school? President Bush, if you are re-elected, how will you try to cut down on school violence?

And those of us without mod points (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369415)

Get to do what exactly? Twiddle our thumbs?

Re:And those of us without mod points (1)

stinerman (812158) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369514)

I would assume we should just reply to the posts with "MOD PARENT UP" and "MOD PARENT DOWN".

Get crackin', there's 50 posts to reply to.

Must be said... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369424)

51st Post?

For Bush: Nukes or Conventional? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369429)

For Kerry: Spit or Swallow?

~~~

hmm (0, Troll)

SQLz (564901) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369460)

Bush, your brother actually fixed a Florida State election. How do you sleep at night?

Karma Whoring (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369478)

Roblimo is the greatest karma whore ever. 50 posts and they're all going to get moderated up. I salute you!

Re:Karma Whoring (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369517)

If someone want to spite him, they'd mod all the comments up funny, and then watch them get modded down! Slashdot's broken karma system at its finest.

Biggest karma whore ever! (1)

InfiniteWisdom (530090) | more than 9 years ago | (#10369527)

50 posts, most of which are going to be modded up! Talk about Karma whoring :)

But seriously. Many of these are pretty interesting and well thought out questions. I wish the campaign had a lot more of asking questions like these and a lot less mudslinging.

Confusing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10369541)

What's up with the two-website meta-cross-meta-moderation?

Perhaps a poorly-planned hype attempt for the other site?
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