for Presidential 'Debate' Participants
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fifty questions that I would like to see asked of the panel of candidates
at the so-called "debates." There could be many more,
but this is a start.
1 (a.)All of
you who use an income tax preparer, raise your hand.
(b.) If you (who raised hands) can not prepare your own taxes, how
do you propose to run the country?
2. If you can
not prepare your own tax returns, is it reasonable to hold the average
citizen criminally liable for errors?
3. How do you
expect to understand bills sent to you for your signature if you
can't fill out a tax return?
4. At what
point will the national debt be "too high"?
5. What is
the case law giving the federal government power to prohibit the
possession of drugs?
all of you are against waste, fraud and abuse; what specific programs
and agencies do you propose to eliminate?
7. Should any
federal departments or programs ever be eliminated, if so, which
8. How many
military bases does the U.S. maintain in foreign countries?
9. How many
do you propose to close?
10. How much
does it cost to keep the above-mentioned bases in operation?
11. If a state
chooses to nullify a federal law, what action would you take?
12. If a state
were to secede from the union. what action would you take?
13. Do you
support repeal of laws compelling acceptance of government-issued
money [legal tender laws]?
14. Has the
US ever fought an enemy who was honorable? Which ones?
15. Were the
attacks on the Marine barracks in Beirut, or the USS Cole, terrorist
attacks or attacks on a legitimate military target?
16. What is
the maximum amount not percentage that anyone should have to
pay in taxes?
17. Do you
support abolition of the income tax?
18. Why is
discrimination prohibited, but is the basis for a progressive tax?
19. Is simulated
drowning, or, "waterboarding" torture? If not, define
the word torture.
20. Do you
support transferring federal lands to the states in which they are
has a large secessionist movement. Do you support Hawaii's right
22. Do you
support and would you continue the War On Drugs?
you explain the difference between a war, conflict, police action,
and kinetic military action?
(b.) Are there other types of military actions other than these?
24. Do you
support government control of schooling?
25. In your
opinion, who was the worst president, and why?
26. In your
opinion, who was the best president, and why?
27. In your
opinion, what was the worst decision by the Supreme Court?
28. Do you
support government control of the internet?
29. Do you
support turning airline security over to the airlines?
30. How can
anyone be said to be free when the government has a prior claim
on all he earns?
31. Is it possible
to maintain good government when politicians lie regularly?
32. Will you
pledge to resign from office if it can be shown that you lied to
33. If you
are elected, will you pledge to release all secret information regarding
government crimes or unexecuted planned crimes against citizens,
such as MK ULTRA, Tuskegee Experiments, Operation Northwoods, Guatemalan
Syphilis Experiments, CDC Measles Experiment, etc.?
34. When a
person's moral beliefs are in conflict with a legislative edict,
what should he do?
35. Do you
favor compelling citizens to violate their conscience?
36. How does
compelling someone to violate his conscience differ when we do it,
from when the Communists, Nazis or Fascists did it?
37. If the
federal debt ceiling can be raised, what is it for?
38. Does the
Constitution give the President exclusive power over foreign policy?
39. Do you
consider people such as Daniel Ellsberg, Bradley Manning and Mark
Felt, heroes or traitors?
40. If elected,
would you pledge to return to the practice of reporting to congress
the state of the union by letter instead of speech?
41. On your
second day in office, what agencies and programs do you intend to
propose for elimination?
42. What would
you do if China, Iran, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, Libya or other countries
the US work to reduce its stockpile of weapons of mass destruction?
If not, what countries should possess such weapons?
44. Is it immoral
to take money by intimidation from one person and give it to another?
What if a law says it's OK?
the difference between law and legislation.
people be free to ingest substances without the approval of government?
If not, why is government approval needed and how does it change
47. How small
does a business have to be before it can't expect a government bailout
in bad economic times?
48. Would you
support the abolition of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and leave
the Indians alone?
49. Would you
seek the endorsement of the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue
Service and perhaps have ads featuring this person or campaigning
50. Given the
choice of two evils, should a person abstain from voting or vote
for the lesser evil?
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