I've been invited to contribute questions to be asked at a
one-hour student political debate to be held next week at a Texas
The questions will be presented by a moderator to two panels of
students corresponding to the two major political parties.
I came up with nine questions (below) and fired 'em off - with a
request that a transcription of the debate be posted on the web
(and offered to host the web page if it was viewed as too
controversial for the university.)
If anyone (regular or lurker) would like to contribute questions
for these young adults to consider, please e-mail them to me and
I'll pass them on to the moderator for possible inclusion.
I'm not enthusiastic about long political threads on the wreck;
don't respond here.
My nine questions (cut-n-pasted from my reply):
 Given that a number of developing nations - most notably
China - are placing an accelerating load on the world petroleum
supply, what steps do you believe the United States should take
(and on what schedule) to avoid the adverse effects to our
economy of soaring petroleum costs?
 Do you favor removing the federal restrictions on stem cell
research? If yes, to what extent - or if no, why not?
 Would you favor legislation that, within the purview of the
United States, would make all persons (regardless of citizenship,
ethnicity, religion, gender, or origin) equal before the law?
 How do you think the United States can best further the
establishment of a lasting peace between the Israelis and
 How might the United States improve its public education system?
 Reliable public transportation will become increasingly
important in coming years. To what extent should the federal
government be involved and what specific actions to you think it
should take to facilitate needed developments?
 Is there any part of the Constitution of the United States
that you feel has outlasted its usefulness?
(I'm especially interested in the amendments that make up the
Bill of Rights; but do intend this to be a wide-open question.)
 Under what circumstances do you believe it is appropriate to
mislead the American people, either by providing false
information, by telling partial truths, or by withholding
information essential to a true and complete understanding of
events and/or positions taken?
 Do you believe it appropriate for US firms to exercise price
discrimination against American purchasers? If not, would you
support legislation to require companies to sell their products
to Americans at a price not exceeding the lowest price at which
the product is sold outside the US?
DeSoto, Iowa USA
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