This time our 30 Issues series goes local as we ask the question, would New York be better off under a Kerry or a Bush administration? The biggest gripe among New York pols is that the state pays about $15 billion more in taxes than it gets back in federal spending. But would this really change with a change in the White House? Other issues include homeland security, mass transit, taxes, minimum wage and immigration. If there’s something you want on the agenda, let us know.
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It may be the most important issue in this election, it's certainly one of the most emotional, whatever one's answer to the question. Last Thursday night President Bush and John Kerry spent the vast majority of what had been billed as the foreign policy-focused debate disagreeing about Iraq.
Kerry: "The ...
Based on an article in the New York Times on Monday, September 27, I think your blog site and your discussion today on guns err in stating that Kerry owns an assault rifle.
The article, on page A18, is titled "No Assault Rifle for Kerry, After All." Kerry Campaign spokesman ...
On paper, President Bush and Senator Kerry both favor renewing the assault weapons ban. But the legislation to extend the ban has remained stalled in Congress, and Kerry says Bush isn’t doing enough to get it passed.
Both candidates are gun-owners, and Kerry has frequently made appeals to his ...
A key difference between a Bush and Kerry administration would be their respective viewpoints on the nature of the Second Amendment.
For decades, the Justice Department held that the right to bear arms was a collective -- as in, "well regulated militia" -- right rather than an individual right. The first indication of a change in that position came in 2001. Attorney General John Ashcroft wrote a letter to the National Rifle Association's chief lobbyist stating that "the text and the original intent of the Second Amendment clearly protect the right of individuals to keep and bear firearms."
Under a Kerry administration, we'd get a new Attorney General and Solicitor General, both of whom would share the traditional collective-right view of the Second Amendment. That's one very immediate change we could expect.
John Kerry is fond of pointing out that President Bush has handled North Korea very differently from Iraq, despite designating both countries as members of the "axis of evil". In fact, W's strategy of multilateral talks is about as far as you can get from full military action.
No mention was made of our friends and allies, Pakistan, India, and Israel, having never signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Nor of Pakistan being arguably the greatest proliferator of nuclear weapons technology. Neither did anyone think to comment on our own country’s leaders recently restarting our nuclear weapons program.
Are these matters not of far more concern to our national interests than North Korea’s sabre rattling?
It seems Kerry rarely misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. His failure to talk up the media consolidation issue is a case in point. The grassroots and bipartisan outcry triggered by Michael Powell’s highhanded FCC initiative should have put this topic near the top of the campaign’s agenda.
I do not have children, but when I do they are going to private school. The public education in this country is appalling. I refuse to believe that by doing standardized tests is going to be an accurate gage as to whether or not a child is actually learning. It ...
The Federal Communications Commission is a bipartisan panel, but the chair is always a presidential appointee. Under the Bush administration, Chairman Michael Powell pursued what observers say was an aggressive campaign of media deregulation. Measures the commission passed last year drew a torrent of criticism from consumer advocates as well as some conservative groups because they gave media companies a freer hand to consolidate.
This summer a Federal Court overturned the rules. Observers question whether a Bush appointed-commission will appeal the ruling and most think a Kerry-commission might return to further regulation.
This episode of our 30 Issues series focuses on the likely affects the different candidates' will have on media consolidation if they are elected. An expert on the matter will assess the scenarios. In the meantim, read more about the various viewpoints on this.
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This year has been a landmark year in terms for gay marriage. In San Francisco hundreds of gay and lesbian couples were married at City Hall. In Massachusetts the Supreme Court ruled that a ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. George Bush’s position plays towards his conservative base which has ...
If we accept the argument that marriage is a religious institution, then the State should not be sanctioning any marriage. Make all State sanctioned unions civil unions, then a couple who desires to be married may visit the religious leader of their choice. And since civil unions are not religious, ...
In Friday's "30 Issues", we look at the rising cost of college education. Stats indicate that since 1990, tuition has gone up about 25% (far ahead of the rate of inflation). The past few years have seen a flurry of articles about the crushing debt some college and grad ...
How much will it cost society if the goal is to insure that everyone has a college education of some sort?
Do we really want a society where bank tellers, secretaries, laborers, garbage collectors, traffic cops, etc., need college degrees in order to secure employment or advance beyond entry level status?
While I do not advocate returning to a society where certain races, classes, sexes, etc., of people were relegated to certain jobs and job categories, it is ridiculous and fiscally irresponsible to "professionalize" even menial jobs in order to justify the cost of a college degree, which is what has happened in many cases.
“Energy independence” forms the next installment of the 30 Issues in 30 Days series. Both candidates are talking up the need to give up our dependence on foreign oil. We’ll look at the questions this raises – Is this achievable, what do we need to get there, and will it make a difference?
In the meantime, here’s where the candidates stand:
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