The live blog post will go off at 5 minutes before debate time. So, while we wait, let’s talk about what we would ask the candidates.
Here are some of mine:
1.) *Are* women equal to men? If not, why not?
2.) The idea that we should all work or start our own businesses has been pushed very hard in the last couple of years. For those of us in professions with extremely high start up costs and low probability of success but require long term investment, what small business initiatives would you recommend that would help us keep our families fed and housed while we do the back breaking work of curing cancer? I mean, that wouldn’t require heroic, patriotic self-sacrifice and wouldn’t import the exploitative work environments that discourage innovation as we have witnessed in India and China? If Americans are so hard working and productive, why can’t we insist on a decent return on our productivity?
3.) Referring to question 2, withdrawal from one’s 401K usually incurs a 10% excise tax in addition to income taxes. Given that many laid off workers can not start a business without start up funds, why are the unemployed still penalized for withdrawing funds from their 401Ks to start a business? Additionally, why are we charging an excise tax at all on these funds? Although they are meant for retirement, the economy is in need of stimulus money that these funds can provide. Who are we protecting here, the unemployed or the financial market?
4.) What are you planning to do to make the corporations and financiers get off the ungodly piles of cash they’ve been sitting on in the past 4 years? Please be specific.
Those are just off the top of my head.