TAMPA, October 16, 2012 – Tonight, we will be subjected to another presidential “debate,” in which two candidates who agree that government is the solution to everything argue about whose central plan is better. With the questions coming directly from the electorate and super-liberal Candy Crowley deciding which ones to ask, there is not much chance that big government will be challenged by anyone.
Wouldn’t it be refreshing if the candidates were actually asked substantive questions that couldn’t be answered with rehearsed talking points? Here are just a few that you won’t hear asked in any debate or interview:
1. Both of you support U.S. military involvement in the Middle East and elsewhere against nations that have committed no acts of war against the United States. How do you justify planned military action when no state of war exists?
2. Both of you support employing the U.S. military to promote “democracy” in other countries. Why is the U.S. taxpayer financially responsible for the liberty and security of everyone on the planet? When will this financial responsibility end?
3. You both agree that President Obama was right in signing the last NDAA bill which has provisions allowing the arrest and indefinite detention of U.S. citizens by the military without due process. How do you reconcile this policy with the 4th and 5th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution?
4. It is almost universally acknowledged that Social Security and Medicare have unfunded liabilities that can never be paid, with Medicare representing the graver financial threat. Both of you argue that the programs must be preserved. However, don’t U.S. citizens who weren’t even born when these programs were started have a right to opt out of them, if they agree to waive all benefits in exchange for not being required to pay in? Would you sign a bill allowing younger workers to opt out under those conditions?
5. In fiscal year 2012, the federal government ran a deficit of over $1 trillion for the fourth year in a row, the first year being President Bush’s last budget. Both of you have “deficit reduction plans” that merely decrease future increases in spending. Doesn’t the present debt crisis necessitate actually reducing federal spending in real terms, meaning spending less in fiscal year 2013 than was spent in 2012?
6. Critics of the Federal Reserve System accurately predicted the housing bubble and subsequent financial meltdown many years before Chairman Greenspan or Bernanke were even aware there was a problem. Do you believe that there should be a full audit of the Federal Reserve’s activities?
7. Since creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, the U.S. dollar has lost over 95% of its value. Many free market economists point to this system as the cause of the boom/bust economic cycle, including the Great Depression and the present depression. Do you believe that Americans have a natural right to utilize any currency they deem safest? Would you sign a bill allowing other currencies to compete with the Federal Reserve Note?
8. Thomas Jefferson wrote “No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another; and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.” Do you agree with that statement? What current laws or regulations do you believe violate this principle?
9. What areas of human activity do you believe are completely beyond the legitimate authority of the government to regulate, even if the majority of voters wish it?
We won’t hear any of these questions tonight, but imagine if we did. How do you think the candidates would answer them?
How would you?
Tom Mullen is the author of A Return to Common Sense: Reawakening Liberty in the Inhabitants of America.
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