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August 15, 2012

Questions for the Upcoming Presidential Debates

Pure. Comedy. Gold. Democrats don't want to discuss the recommendations of Obama's Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform during the debates:

In the original letter, Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Joe Lieberman, (I-Conn.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) asked the debate commission to devote “specific and extensive attention to the question of how the candidates would get our nation’s fiscal house in order during the first debate dedicated to domestic policy.”

“Specifically, we request that you ask the presidential candidates which of the recommendations of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform they would adopt as part of their plan to reduce the deficit,” they wrote.

But that caused Reps. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) to cry foul, writing in their own letter to the debate commission on Tuesday that although the Simpson-Bowles commission’s plan “may contain proposals helpful to our recovery…to hold it out as the only pathway to fiscal responsibility and economic success is foolish and wrong.”

By this reasoning, the Ryan Plan must be off limits too. After all, though it "may contain proposals helpful to our recovery" (such as pushing Granny off the nearest cliff), it would be foolish and wrong to pretend it's the only pathway to fiscal responsibility and economic success.

Other topics expected to be off the table:

1. Why we haven't had a budget for nearly 4 years:

2. The economic repercussions of Sequestration, and the Labor Department's shameless directive to federal contractors ordering them not to WARN employees that layoffs might occur (in violation of federal law).

3. Why the Department of Defense is only now planning for sequestration, and perhaps more importantly, why they appear to be the only department doing so.

4. Why, if jobs are this administration's latest #1 priority, the President's Jobs Council hasn't met for 6 months.

Serious debate questions pre-approved by the DNC:

How many helpless senior citizens has Paul Ryan really murdered?

Non-consensual haircuts: alternative lifestyle choice or early warning for sociopathic personality disorders?

How Mitt Romney's dog really feels about global warming.

If an Obama bundler a Bain executive lays off one of the near-poor and there's no journalist around to cry foul, did it still happen on Mitt's watch?

In your opinion, at which moment in the last 4 years did the rise of the oceans slow and the planet begin to heal?

Posted by Cassandra at August 15, 2012 08:24 AM

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Here's another question that likely won't get asked: "Does two plus two equal four?"

Eric Hines

Posted by: E Hines at August 15, 2012 12:07 PM

First, did the Republican caucus have any say at all in who the debate moderators would be? Second, can we be surprised that moderators are being SCOTUS'ed with arm twisting and threats to limit the questions during the debates to whatever Obama and Biden decide should be discussed? I sincerely hope someone in the Republican leadership lays down the law to these hopelessly biased shills.

Posted by: vet66 at August 15, 2012 05:22 PM

...can we be surprised that moderators are being SCOTUS'ed with arm twisting and threats to limit the questions during the debates to whatever Obama and Biden decide should be discussed?

I would have thought that would be like waving a red flag in front of a bull, vet66. If someone did that to me, it would make me want to pepper them with questions on whatever topic they wanted banned :p

Posted by: Cassandra at August 15, 2012 05:32 PM

'Oh, yeah, I'll totally respect your limits. Until we're on live TV.'

Posted by: Grim at August 15, 2012 08:19 PM

'Oopsie! Was that on the list of questions not to ask? I thought that was the list of questions I was definitely supposed to ask. My bad.'

Posted by: Grim at August 15, 2012 08:20 PM

I would have thought that would be like waving a red flag in front of a bull....

You're assuming the questioners haven't already picked their side. Which they did four years ago in the present race.

Eric Hines

Posted by: E Hines at August 15, 2012 10:38 PM

I'm feeling a small tremor of hopefulness, with the Ryan nomination. He wants to talk about what voters want to hear about, particularly independents who've been tuning out both parties for lack of any substantive discussion.

I want to hear Ryan repeating, until every last low-information undecided voter hears it, "It's not a question of which party will preserve Medicare as it is. Medicare as we know it is dead as a herring. The question is what it's going to be turned into: something new as dead as a herring (gutted to fund ObamaCare), or something new that will be there for you when you retire (which real-live doctors will actually accept)?"

I'm very pleased to see Ryan polling well with both under-35 and over-65 voters. They may be starting to get it. The young voters with jobs have seen their insurance premiums double with ObamaCare. The older voters are hearing more and more stories about doctors who aren't accepting new Medicare patients.

Posted by: Texan99 at August 16, 2012 09:39 AM

I was fairly pleased by the Ryan pick, and even more pleased that Romney isn't promising to implement the Ryan plan wholesale.

I think Ryan will help focus the debate, and he is a good complement to Romney.

Posted by: Cassandra at August 16, 2012 10:22 AM

From: Bob Schieffer to President Obama:

Were you a CIA mule in 1986? Why won’t you reveal your Columbia transcript? Exactly where were you in 1986? And what were you doing? Did the Saudi Royal family give Harvard Law $21 million to get you in? How is it that you were made editor of that school’s Law Review, in that you had never done a single law review, in your entire life? Finally, if the Saudis had a mole sabotaging the American Oil Business, would this mole have not taken the precise course you have taken…hold offshore permits, hold Keystone Pipeline and all this solar, wind and gasohol bullshit.? Are you a Saudi puppet?

Jim Leher to Governor Mitt Romney:

What about the Fourth Amendment, Governor?
What about the so called Patriot Act? What is your senior advisor, General Micheal Hayden’s position on the Fourth Amendment? What about the Bush Crime Family and the Saudis and 911? What about those chartered Saudi Flights out of America when our airspace was still shut down after 911?
Did you know that another of your senior advisors, Judge Micheal Chertoff, is defrauding the American people with his Airline Screening Total Body Scanners? Has Chertoff or a member of the Bush Crime Family promised to share this giant Body Scanner windfall with you? Finally, do you plan to Bomb Iran?

Respectively Submitted,

Joseph Goebbels,
Media Minister

Posted by: Joseph Goebbels at September 4, 2012 09:07 PM

When is Mr. Romney going to reveal his last two years of income taxes?

Posted by: SFC (Ret) John F. Adams at September 11, 2012 10:24 PM

Is the Internet not working today? This information is easy to find, Sgt. Adams. Surely you know how to use Google?

If you have a question regarding when his 2010 return was released or when his 2011 return will be released, let me know and I'll be happy to respond. If you're serious about the question, you'll do your due diligence first and ask from an informed position.

Posted by: Cassandra at September 12, 2012 06:43 AM

The words "American values" have been used repeatedly during the campaign. These words are words that sound good but have no specific meaning, so I would like to present one value and that is being socially responsible for others. Some might state the same value as being "my brother's keeper." How would your tax policies, health care plan, education policies, banking regulation reform, occupational hazard reform be reflected in this value?

Posted by: Dorothy M Miller at September 19, 2012 09:38 PM

Recently I saw the following bumper sticker: "Ignorance and arrogance is not good foreign policy." During the campaign, there have been statements that "others", usually referring to Middle eastern Countries, resent the United States because of our values. (Which "value" has yet to be defined.) I wonder if it's arrogance rather than "our values" that is the basis for resentment against the United States. You may not agree with my premise, but regardless, how would your approach to foreign policy work toward reducing this resentment so that we move toward creating a global environment of mutual respect?

Posted by: Dorothy M Miller at September 19, 2012 09:47 PM

I'd prefer a variation of Ms. Miller's first question. "The words 'American values' have been used repeatedly during the campaign. Would each of you explain exactly what the phrase means to you? What in your view are the values that define America, have made America great and will ensure America's position in the future"

Posted by: Grim at September 20, 2012 11:48 AM