OT: Political debate issues

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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 be provided.
These are the questions sent:
[1] 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?
[2] Do you favor removing the federal restrictions on [funding for] stem cell research? If yes, to what extent - or if no, why not?
[3] 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?
[4] How do you think the United States can best further the establishment of a lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians?
[5] How might the United States improve its public education system?
[6] 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?
[7] 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.)
[8] 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?
[9] 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?
[10] 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 generations?
[11] 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.
[12] 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?
[13] Would support a Federal flat rate income or sales tax?
[14] How would you propose to protect the (approx)19,995 miles of land borders and coastline of the US from drug smugglers and illegal immigration?
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. (-:
Thanks again.
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Morris Dovey
DeSoto, Iowa USA
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Morris, you didn't include any of my questions about left vs. right tilt, cherry finishing, splitting the wreck *or* mailbox baseball. I'm so disappointed. :(
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