Time to ask each Candidate: Where’s the Beef!
Senator Jeff Sessions laid out 5 questions that each candidate for the Republican nomination for president should answer. In Fact, the entire debate on Saturday, 2/6, should be these question rather than the sophomoric “gotcha” questions asked by Fox and other moderators. Who cares about whether X thank Y lied or whether Y didn’t show up to an event.
To channel Donald J. Trump. This country is in Deep Sh*%! We need some serious answers to serious questions.
Below are the questions Senator Sessions posed and my comments below each of the questions:
Question 1: How would you vote (or how did you vote) on fast-track, and would you support or oppose advancing a final trade agreement which enters the United States into a new international commission with binding authority on future United States trade policy?
Senator Cruz and Rubio both voted to fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership, TPP. Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the US Constitution states: “The President… shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur….” The TPP must be viewed first and foremost as a treaty, and also be defeated. The TPP transfers our sovereignty to a to be formed international commission that will have BINDING authority on future US trade policy. This should be unconstitutional on its face. While Cruz and Rubio voted to fast-track the agreement, Trump is squarely against it. Where is the National Review on this one?
Question 2: If the vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership were held today, and you had a vote to cast in Congress, would you vote for it or against it?
All candidates should pledge to vote no on the legislation without reservation.
Question 3: Upon entering office, will you promptly and unconditionally terminate and rescind all of President Obama’s illegal executive amnesties – which provide work permits and entitlements to illegal aliens – including President Obama’s first executive amnesty in 2012, which remains in effect?
All candidates should pledge to immediately revoke all of Obama’s illegal executive orders without reservation.
Question 4: A supermajority of GOP voters say immigration is too high. Every year, on autopilot, we let in another 1 million immigrants on green cards, 700,000 foreign guest workers, half a million foreign students, and 100,000 refugees and asylees. Historical precedent would be to reduce record-breaking immigration, rather than continuing to surge it beyond all historical precedent. Will you support legislation to reduce immigration numbers, and will you oppose legislation that would add to the number?
All candidates should pledge to, at a minimum, reduce current immigration levels. Even better, they should pledge to stop allowing refugees, from anywhere, including Cuba, until we have established a comprehensive vetting process; further, the H-1B and H1-A visa programs should be stopped until we can accurately assess our US labor pool and stop using these visa programs to compete against US workers; Also, all immigration limits should be indexed against the U-6 unemployment rate. If the U-6 is <5%, then we would allow immigrants in. If the U-6 is >5%, then there would be a graduated scale of the number of allowable TOTAL immigrants under all programs to be allowed in.
Question 5: Today, law enforcement are under increasing scrutiny and face excessive criticism from the political elites and the media, and are being targeted by criminals and terrorists. Meanwhile, since 2011, the federal prison population has declined by over 20,000, and is on track to be at its lowest level since 2005. Since 2009, the total state prison population has dropped every year, and is over 56,000 lower than it was then. These circumstances may have contributed to a nationwide spike in crime. The FBI recently reported an overall increase in violent crime and a 17 percent increase in homicides in the nation’s 50 largest cities. At the same time, the CDC reports that heroin and opioid drug overdoses have reached an all-time record high. Do you support efforts by President Obama and some Republicans in Congress to reduce penalties for drug-trafficking and further reduce the federal prison population, or do you think government should do more to keep drug traffickers off the streets?
All candidates should say they do not support Obama’s numbers for the sake of numbers bastardization of our penal system just to reduce the number of people in prison.
Obviously there is a need to provide better and more intelligent support to all law enforcement levels throughout the US including maintaining the military style equipment program for local law enforcement. Reducing prison populations for the sake of just reducing the number is idiotic.
We have sufficient info to help create a drug-use prevention program and to structure an enforcement scheme that will help reduce the drug related crime and incarceration rates. But, so far, there is just too much money in the drug businesses that I fear makes its way into Federal, State and Local elections!
As a former Mayor, I can tell you that Federal money with specified usage for law enforcement is not effective. Federal law enforcement block grants are more effective as no 2 police or sheriff’s departments have the same needs. Further, if equipment is provided, the training on its use must also be provided.
I’ll bet each of you who have read these 5 questions have probably come up with your own solutions and wonder why the President and the Republican Congress have not made inroads into solving each of these 5 issues. You may also be surprised at the answers your candidate may give in response to these 5 questions.
The current debates are designed to drive ratings and to allow one candidate to look better than another. We the People need to demand that the RNC and DNC work with the people to structure the debates so we can get the answers we need to intelligently vote.
Wow, an intelligent vote, the RNC and DNC would be scared to death of that!!!