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I would love to see a presidential debate moderated by Cato, Reason or some similar organization (or a panel of moderators from combiend organizations). If McCain doesn’t want to lose states to Obama because former republicans are voting for Barr, he’d quickly agree to such a debate.
We need to hear answers from the candidates on these types of questions…
When would ANY of those questions EVER get into a debate? They are just too hard, and the candidates would be dumbfounded! Screw getting the right person to answer those questions, just to be able to ask the right questions would be enough for me to put a little more faith in the electoral process. As it is, I see no reason to care. This is the first election that I have actually been involved in and understood, and now I know why so may people don’t give a shit.
Umm, hello, Radley!?!? Where are the questions about fist-bumping and wearing of flag pins? Why do you refuse to talk about substantive things? Instead you insist on trying to suss out the candidtaes’ philophy towards governance!?
You frickin’ libertarian with your well-thought out questions about issues cutting to the heart of American democracy and liberty… and that NO ONE cares about.
As noted above, the U.S. now has more than 3 million people behind bars or on parole. Is that a statistic we should lament or one we should celebrate? Do you believe the criminal justice system is inherently racist or merely reflective of who commits more crimes?
A little of column A, a little of column B. I think black people probably do commit proportionally more crimes, because black people are proportionally poorer than white people, and while it’s no excuse, there is correlation between wealth level and criminal activity in this country. Likewise, I suspect more laws have been written, aimed at criminalising things that black people do more frequently than white people. (Which makes that last point “both” that the justice system is racist, and that it’s reflective of who commits more “crimes”.)
As long as we continue to criminalize somedrugs we wil have more crime whatever color. Regulation, not control, reduces crime. And what about the “100,000 more police” issue they both support. More police equals more crime. Those new cops have to justify their existence.