"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Debate That Won't Occur

Here are ten questions that likely will not be asked, but should be:

1.  Cuba is ninety miles from the tip of Florida, where millions of Cuban-Americans live.   Cuba's dictator, Fidel Castro, will likely die during your term.   What will be your policy toward Cuba and, specifically, what will you do as President to move Cuba back from socialism toward being a democratic and free market-oriented society?

2. Mr. President, why do Hugo Chavez, Castro, and Vladimir Putin, leaders of socialist countries, back you for President?

3. Mr. President, can you categorically deny that your campaign has received foreign donations through your web-based fundraising activities?   Don't you think it is dangerous for foreign nationals to be able to have an impact on the presidential race?   What will you do in the last two weeks before the end of the campaign to make sure that you are not receiving foreign donations and to return any foreign donations you have received?

4. What do successful economies around the world have in common?   What do unsuccessful economies around the world have in common?

5. Is radical Islam anti-Semitic?  

6. What long-term problems do falling birthrates in Western industrialized countries create?   How would you address those problems?

7. How big should the United States military be, and what would it cost to make it that big?   Shouldn't the first order of the federal government be to sustain whatever size military is necessary to protect our nation and to advance our national interests around the world?  

8. Mr. President, do you believe that the British Empire was in the main a force for good in India and South African and Kenya throughout their histories, or a force for evil?

9. Is Israel an ally?  Is Egypt an ally?   How can both be allies given the ascension of the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt?

10. Should the United States have higher corporate and individual income taxes than its competitors abroad, or lower, and why?

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