Morris Dovey wrote:
I'd like to thank all who e-mailed their questions. The debate
will be held at Texas A&M University at Kingsville tomorrow
(Monday) night. I've asked the moderator (Dean of Students) to
make a transcription available - but still don't know if that'll
These are the questions sent:
 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 [funding
for] 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?
 Currently, and for several decades, excess contributions to
all trust funds including Social Security are counted as general
revenue and spent in the current budget year with a government
note or IOU left in the trust fund. This results in a double
taxation, the excess tax collected today, and the tax imposed on
future generations to redeem the government note and pay benefits
to future trust fund recipients. What would you do to stop this
spending on ourselves now and passing on the debt to future
 What is the best way to address population explosions in
areas that lack the natural resources to support them? Example
Southern California, Las Vegas and Phoenix needing fresh water
supplies drastically beyond their means.
 Specifically regarding the federal electoral process: How do
we as a nation keep the electoral process in the hands of the
people and out of federal judicial and court systems?
 Would support a Federal flat rate income or sales tax?
 How would you propose to protect the (approx)19,995 miles
of land borders and coastline of the US from drug smugglers and
I don't know which, if any, of the questions will be selected;
but expect that the student panels will have a pretty good
workout by the time the debate ends. (-:
DeSoto, Iowa USA
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