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1) Why did the federal government use trillions of the people's dollars to bail out large financial and car companies, but a tiny fraction of that amount to directly help those losing their jobs and homes?

2) Why is there so much talk about lowering the deficit, but then Congress and the president agree not to do the one thing that could most accomplish that - letting the tax cuts on the wealthy expire?

3) Why do we consider corporations persons when it comes to campaign finance, but not tax them in the same way as an actual person?

4) Why do we consider corporations persons, but not subject them to the estate tax when their life is ended and their assets are transferred to another corporation?

5) Why do we consider corporations persons, but nobody goes to jail when they do atrocious and illegal acts, as an actual person would?

6) Why has it proved impossible for a climate change bill to even make it to the floor of the House or Senate?

7) Why does the wealthiest nation in the world have a transportation system that is laughably antiquated compared to other developed nations?

8) Why do the campaigns (and everyone else, for that matter) spend more time obsessing over gaffes and out-of-context quotes - which have little to do with how qualified for president someone might be - than the actual records and policy statements of the candidates?

9) Why do we continue to use an electoral system that diminsihes the voting influence of the majority of Americans and elevates the importance of a few swing states?

10) How is it possible that, after more than 1800 errors in the 2008 election, 16 states still have computer voting without any paper back-up?

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  •  Never mind the politicians, I can answer these: (2+ / 0-)
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    spacejam, Hanging Up My Tusks

    1) Why did the federal government use trillions of the people's dollars to bail out large financial and car companies, but a tiny fraction of that amount to directly help those losing their jobs and homes?

    Because Financial companies are where all the money is.  People losing their homes and jobs don’t lobby.

    Car company rescue was a good thing that saved thousands (millions?) of jobs.

    2) Why is there so much talk about lowering the deficit, but then Congress and the president agree not to do the one thing that could most accomplish that - letting the tax cuts on the wealthy expire?

    See #1

    3) Why do we consider corporations persons when it comes to campaign finance, but not tax them in the same way as an actual person?

    See #1
    4) Why do we consider corporations persons, but not subject them to the estate tax when their life is ended and their assets are transferred to another corporation?

    See #1
    5) Why do we consider corporations persons, but nobody goes to jail when they do atrocious and illegal acts, as an actual person would?

    See #1
    6) Why has it proved impossible for a climate change bill to even make it to the floor of the House or Senate?

    Because conservatives in general and Republicans in general are brain damaged morans who never let scientifically proven facts get in the way of what they WANT to be true.

    And environmentalists don’t lobby like energy companies do.
    7) Why does the wealthiest nation in the world have a transportation system that is laughably antiquated compared to other developed nations?

    See #6
    8) Why do the campaigns (and everyone else, for that matter) spend more time obsessing over gaffes and out-of-context quotes - which have little to do with how qualified for president someone might be - than the actual records and policy statements of the candidates?

    Because what passes for a media now-a-days is really little more than a three ring circus looking to capture an audience’s attention with the latest emotion driven narrative.  Campaigns know this and act accordingly.

    9) Why do we continue to use an electoral system that diminishes the voting influence of the majority of Americans and elevates the importance of a few swing states?

    Because the people who own your country and your politics don’t want the average person voting in their own interests.
    10) How is it possible that, after more than 1800 errors in the 2008 election, 16 states still have computer voting without any paper back-up?
    See #9

    You’re welcome.

    Tax and Spend I can understand. I can even understand Borrow and Spend. But Borrow and give Billionaires tax cuts? That I have a problem with.

    by LiberalCanuck on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 06:27:11 AM PDT

    •  If reporters actually asked these questions... (0+ / 0-)

      Maybe one of the candidates would slip up and answer truthfully - it would be especially gratifying to see Romney accidentally admit that money drives the whole political system.

  •  Too many rhetorical questions. (0+ / 0-)

    But I think you weren't serious about this being an actual litmus test, and I totally get your points.

  •  #2 (1+ / 0-)
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    JTinDC

    The President (and the Senate has also agreed) has been fighting to let the wealthy tax cuts expire and keep the middle class tax cuts. That it has not happened in the responsibility of the the Republicans in the House.

    I reject your reality and substitute my own - Adam Savage

    by woolibaar on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 06:53:15 AM PDT

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