Post by Rob T.
The townhall debate is tonight. I’ve been watching President Obama for eight years and Governor Romney for 10. I favored them for their respective parties’ nominations back in early 2007. President Obama has exceeded my expectations; Governor Romney has consistently failed to meet them. If I had the chance to ask the Governor some questions tonight, here are five that are on my mind:
1) Your work on healthcare in Massachusetts was the first thing, after our shared faith, that attracted me to your candidacy. President Obama instituted a national version of this private-market based reform. You’ve repeatedly pledged to repeal Obamacare. If you become president, what happens to people who can’t afford insurance coverage out-of-pocket but can’t get it through their employers? What happens to people with pre-existing conditions? What happens to seniors who fall back into the Medicare prescription coverage “donut hole“? Why should we kick young adults who get married off of their parents’ insurance, but let people who just “shack up” stay on?
2) You frequently discuss the need to balance the budget, but you’re also pushing a tax proposal that completely eliminates the estate tax, lowers cap gain taxes, and cuts income tax rates by 20% across the board, while also continuing all of the Bush tax cuts and giving the Pentagon another $2 trillion over the next 10 years (which they say they don’t need). Wouldn’t this explode our deficit and make it impossible for you to balance the budget? Or would you soak the middle class to give a tax cut to the rich? Isn’t that what we tried, without success, 10 years ago?
3) What will you do if the Supreme Courts strikes down the section of the Defense of Marriage Act that prohibits the granting of federal benefits to couples who are legally married in their home state (including Massachusetts)? What is your stance on a federal law that prohibitions discrimination against LGBT in housing & employment, like the one the LDS Church supported for Salt Lake City? Speaking of human rights, if you’re elected, what happens to the executive order that grants “deferred action” to people who were brought to this country without papers as children?
4) What will you do differently on Iran or for Israel? President Obama’s already got strong sanctions in place that are causing the Iranian currency to collapse, and he’s massively increased aid to Israel during his four years. What would you do differently? What happens to the executive order banning the use of torture in U.S.-run interrogations?
5) Your central claim is that you’ll create 12 million jobs during your first term. Independent forecasters say that’s already going to happen during President Obama’s second term. When pressed, you gave a clarification that the Washington Post said “doesn’t add up.” So, why do we need to elect you?