About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Responses - Questions For Tuesday's Presidential Town Hall Debate

The responses to the subject questions were hot (see below) & so were the post debate comments mostly about the moderator.
Four of the nine questions I listed in the last posting were touched upon by the eleven questions asked by the undecided voters in the town hall format debate @ Hofstra University Tuesday night summarized as follows (see last posting for exact questions):
1.  Mitt's comment from last May @ a fund raiser re the 47% of income earners who pay no income tax & regard themselves as victims dependent on government was brought up in the very last question of the night with BO answering & no follow up comment from Mitt allowed – this was a more serious put-up job by the moderator who chose the questions & the order in which they were asked than her interjecting a comment helping BO on the Libyan question.  Mitt will have plenty of opportunities @ the next debate devoted strictly to foreign affairs to set the Libyan question straight – it will be a stretch for him to bring up the 47% issue again.  Many readers told me they were tweeting the moderator about Libya.  Although she is not happy about her obvious WWE tag-team style involvement re the Libyan answer letting her know about the last question bias shows a discerning audience who picks up subtle issues re the hostile anti-American media.
2.  Mitt repeated his no-growth tax plan again emphasizing that he would keep the effective income tax rate the same for high income earners who would continue to pay the same share of federal revenues as they do under BO.  This is Mitt's own class warfare fight.  See response #3 below.
3.  Mitt also repeated his protectionist policies against China & @ one point even said he would put tariffs in place.  Tariffs are what led to the Great Depression.
4.  BO offered no position on how he would return America to prosperity – he merely restated that things were bad when he came in & he needs more time to make the economy better.  To think that BO's government dependent programs can or will help bring back prosperity is absurd – they will lead to more poverty.  At one point during the debate BO said that he knows that government does not create jobs but rather it is the private sector that does.  Based on all of his actions since he became a national figure this is laughable.
Below are five responses to my nine questions that ranged from feeling my questions were too easy on BO, to listing topics I left out (it was only a ninety minute debate & four of them got in), to letting me know that one of my questions (Alinsky) would never be asked.  Thanks for all the spirited responses both before & after the debate.
---Response #1---
Doug - Fantastic. Questions.  I will be happy if one or two make it.  I hope we get no big bird or contraceptive entitlements for law school students.  My favorite question is the Alinsky one.  Will hope someone read Rules for Radicals and is connecting the dots observing BO implementing Alinsky's plan.
---Response #2---
Doug - Questions 1 to 5 maybe but question 6 NEVER.
---Response #3---
You are letting BO off too easy.  Question him on economics, and why, when history shows you reduce the tax rate, taxpayers (particularly "the rich"), more revenue is raised.  Yet BO wants to raise the tax rate, which ultimately will lead to "the rich" paying less?
---Response #4---
Too bad one cannot tweet questions in.
---Response #5---
Eliminate ethanol in fuels, stop local governments from raising taxes, keep local governments from expanding, give bids to private companies, keep local taxes from rising more than .5%. Stop local government from taking grants, tax payers still have to pay 20% of cost and over runs.  Make politicians abide by the same rules and laws we have to.  If they are caught cheating they lose all pensions and perqs.

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