Some of the questions you won't hear asked in the debates tonightSubmitted by Ian56 on Wed, 10/03/2012 - 12:23
Governor Romney: You’ve said that you have used every legal method to reduce your tax liability. You’ve also said that as president you would close tax loopholes in order to help finance a major across-the-board tax cut. What specific tax loopholes have you used that you would close? A followup: Would you close the loophole that allows private-equity managers to treat their income as capital gains, subject to a 15 percent tax, even when they risk no capital of their own?
President Obama: You have spoken eloquently of the need to reduce the influence of big money in politics. What specific measures will you advance if you are re-elected to accomplish this goal?
Governor Romney: You have promised to repeal the Dodd-Frank bill if you’re elected. Yet our largest Wall Street banks are significantly larger than they were before the near meltdown of 2008. How would you prevent another bank from being too big to fail?
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President Obama: The Dallas Federal Reserve Board, one of the most conservative in the nation, has called for a limit to the size of Wall Street banks. Sanford Weill, the creator of Citigroup (NYSE:C) – one of the largest Wall Street banks – says Wall Street banks should be broken up. If you are re-elected, will you support capping the size of Wall Street banks?
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Governor Romney: You have said you’d repeal the Affordable Care Act if you’re elected. That would leave 30 million Americans without health insurance. You championed a small version of the Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts. Does that mean you believe it’s more efficient for each state to have its own system for insuring the uninsured?
We know that Romney has ALWAYS been in favor of healthcare mandates.
That he urged Obama to roll out national mandates in 2009 and when asked around the same time whether he would roll out a national mandate, replied "Absolutely", as well as several other pieces of evidence.
We also know that Romneycare is socialist, 50% funded by taxpayers outside of Massachusetts
http://ian56.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/mitt-romney-information.... (see section 2)
President Obama: Last December, in a speech you gave in Osawatomie, Kansas, you noted that in the last few decades the average income of the top 1 percent has gone up by more than 250 percent, to $1.2 million per year. For the top one hundredth of 1 percent, the average income is now $27 million per year. And yet, over the last decade the incomes of most Americans have actually fallen by 6 percent. If you’re reelected president, what do you propose to do about this trend?
We also know from historical data that the greatest historical growth rates come when the above two ratios are relatively small.
Governor Romney: Your mathematics has been attacked by those who say it’s impossible to provide the tax cut you propose; expand the military, as you want to do; preserve Medicare and Social Security, as you promise to do; and at the same time balance the federal budget, as you say you’ll do. Can you take us through the math, please, with specific numbers?
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President Obama: You have called for equal marriage rights for gay Americans. If you’re re-elected, will you support repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act?
Governor Romney: You support states’ rights, and don’t support wealth redistribution. Yet as you know, the citizens of most so-called “blue” states – notably California, New York, and Massachusetts – send more federal tax revenue to Washington than they receive back from Washington, while most of the citizens of “red” states send less tax revenue to Washington than their citizens receive back. Would you, as president, seek to end this subsidy of red states by blue states?
President Obama: TARP authorized not only a bailout of Wall Street banks but help to distressed homeowners. You chose not to condition the bailout of Wall Street on the banks reducing the amount people owed on their mortgages. In hindsight, do you think that was a mistake? A follow up question, if I may: It is estimated that one in five American families is still underwater – owing more on their home mortgages than their homes are worth. So far your efforts to help them have fallen far short of the goals you set. If you are re-elected, what specific measures will you initiate do more for these families?
Why have no top bankers been prosecuted for the widespread mortgage frauds that occurred during the housing bubble, the crash and the aftermath (they are still occurring now)?
Why did Tim Geithner payout 100c on the dollar for AIG contracts, when one of the principal beneficiaries was Goldman Sachs? Taxpayer money was given directly to Goldman Sachs for free.
Why did Tim Geithner try and cover up the circumstances around the deal struck to bail out AIG?
(Goldman Sachs had bet a large amount that the housing market would fall. The bets were taken out as contracts with AIG in 2007.)
Governor Romney: You have campaigned as a “businessman” who has the managerial experience to turn the economy around. Yet some say you’ve run one of the worst campaigns in recent memory – filled with gaffes, misstatements, poor timing, Clint Eastwood, and much else. Conservative columnist Peggy Noonan, for example, calls your campaign a “calamity.” Should Americans be concerned about your management abilities?
We know that Romney was a financier not a businessman, that he cost the taxpayers money in bailing Bain Capital out and bankrupted a bank by forcing it to write off a substantial part of Bain's loan to it thus forcing FDIC money to compensate depositors.
Total cost to taxpayers $28m+
But the real cost to America of Bain Capital's activities is due to these two items :-
Bain Capital's activities very significantly reduced the sum total of wages paid to Americans as a result of it's activities. Thus significantly adversely affecting the American company and reducing tax revenues.
Bain Capital's activities significantly increased healthcare costs paid by the government and contributed to the increase in the National Debt.
President Obama : what will you do to change the ineffectiveness of your drone strike policy?
Governor Romney : what would you do to change the ineffectiveness of President drone strike policy?
President Obama : What do you think about the Chinese and Russian moves to marginalise and isolate the US Dollar.
Can you confirm or deny that China and Russia have agreed to sell an unlimited amount of Russian oil in Yuan?
Would it be wise to significantly reduce your proposed budget deficit to reduce the risk of the US Dollar losing it's Reserve Status.
Governor Romney : Do you agree with President Obama that the moves by China and other countries to marginalize the US Dollar constitute the biggest danger to US National Security?
Will you change your plans to spend $1.675tn p.a. on the military in order to reduce your proposed budget deficit of $1.5tn p.a. and thus reduce the threat to US National Security?
President Obama : Why has the DHS ordered 1,200 million hollow point bullets?
orders 450 million hollow point bullets from ATK.
An article originally appeared on Marketwatch reporting good news for ATK with a massive government order but has now been taken down.
DHS has now tendered for an additional 750 million rounds.
SSA has tendered for 174,000 rounds.
NOAA Fisheries office has tendered for 46,000 hollow points.
What do domestic agencies want with over 1,500 million hollow point bullets?
The official government explanation does not add up.
What is Obama up to?
Governor Romney : What do you think about these various departments ordering all these bullets?
One final question to you both.
Why haven't we heard from Gary Johnson tonight?
The answers you have given and your policies seem to be so similar.
A lot of the questions, but not the additional information has been sourced from here