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30 Issues: Immigration

Thursday, October 28, 2004

The 9/11 Commission report was the all-consuming story just before the presidential campaign got under way this summer. But what was once a unanimous proposal has degenerated into partisan bickering on the eve of the election and one of the main stumbling blocks is immigration. The house version of the 9/11 commission bill is strict on deportation measures, while the senate version focuses on intelligence reform.
Conservatives say there’s no difference in the candidates’ stance on immigration, accusing Bush of supporting amnesty with his Guest Worker program. Pro-immigration groups say the Bush record shows he’s too harsh on immigrants in the post-9/11 measures like the registering of citizens from Arab countries.

Here’s what the two major party candidates say.

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Feedback: Immigration

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Please, if the guy talking about limiting immigration thinks his grandparents (or whomever else afforded him the opportunity to be an American citizen now) were "aliens", i.e., people from outer space or another term for "THEM", rather than "US", he needs to change his words - these people are called "undocumented workers" or "immigrants", just like his relatives, not "aliens".
-ST

As someone patiently waiting for my green card, having applied legally, and legally gainfully employed under a temporary visa, I am greatly offended that those who are defying the laws would be given better treatment (amnesty & a green card), than myself. If you are going to give them green cards, then everyone legally waiting and qualified should also get them! It's not fair to those "playing ball".
-PK

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30 Issues: Family Planning

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

The right to life and the right to choice is perhaps one of the most controversial issues of the presidential race. George Bush and John Kerry stand on opposite ends of the spectrum politically.

Personally John Kerry believes that abortion is wrong, due to his Catholicism, however he has ...

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30 issues: welfare

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Now here's a biggie you don't hear much about: the future of welfare.

In 1996, President Clinton and the Republican-controlled Congress passed a major overhaul of welfare law, limiting benefits and requiring that recipients work. The law expired two years ago and has received several temporary extensions since then.

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feedback: welfare

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

the problems faced by welfare and former welfare families result from their poor choice of political tactics. They neglected to have their Political Action Committees funnel millions of dollars to the parties and their candidates.
-AJL

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30 Issues: Social Security

Monday, October 25, 2004

The Kerry side says turning personal accounts spells disaster. The Bush side says Kerry’s guarantees mean nothing but higher taxes. The issues has been obfuscated in this campaign, but just whose plan is best for the future of social security? The President’s ownership society as laid out in his nomination acceptance speech, extends to this issue. As the Bush/Cheney campaign website site says, “These personal accounts would provide ownership, choice, and the opportunity for all workers to build a nest egg to help with their retirement and to pass on to their heirs.”
John Kerry lays out three pillars on his website: Grow the economy, Restore fiscal discipline, adopt a Bipartisan process.

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Feedback: Social Security

Monday, October 25, 2004

I wish Kerry would stress that privatized Social Security accounts would be tantamount to a 401K plan; subject to the vagaries of the market and the human temptation to cash out whenever there’s a perceived crisis. This does not sound like security to me.
-EG

I am curious if it would be possible to have both the traditional program for benefits and an option for individuals to take part of their money and privately invest it? This might be too expensive and cumbersome, but I could see how some more savvy investors could take advantage of this while people who really appreciate the simplicity of the program as it exists today could continue to take advantage of the program.
-BT

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30 ISSUES: RELIGION

Friday, October 22, 2004

How is religion playing into the presidential campaign? How does each candidate’s religious belief impact where he stands on the issues?

Both candidates spoke about their faith and politics during the third presidential debate. Sen. Kerry said, “I believe that I can’t legislate or transfer to another American citizen ...

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Feedback: Religion

Friday, October 22, 2004

I think these two speakers are confusing personal faith with organized
religion. Everyone has personal faith and personal morals and values
regardless of their religion (or lack thereof). What we need to be on
the lookout for is "organized" religion imposing values and morals on
the ...

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30 issues: is it getting hot in here?

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Last August, the President's US Climate Change Science Program released a report that indicated that man-made carbon dioxide emissions are in fact responsible for global warming. Coming from an administration that had thrown doubt on the science behind global warming, this seemed to signal a major policy shift.

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30 Issues: Draft

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

In 1973 enforced conscription was ended in the United States. But in recent weeks rumors have spread across the country that a military draft will be reinstituted. Both George Bush and John Kerry have stated that they are against a draft. But in the last two weeks

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Feedback- Draft

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Our military is in need of manpower and the most
effective way to solve the problem is to require a draft. The fact
the the war was a mistake is an issue but we do need to solve the
manpower shortage. TJ

Perhaps we should have referendums ...

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30 Issues: Judicial Appointees

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Many of John Kerry’s ardent supporters use one point in their bid to sell their candidate to the undecided: the Supreme Court. Both candidates point out that the next President is likely to preside over at least one retirement on the country’s most influential bench. Conservatives caution against any form of “judicial activism” on the courts, but liberals feel Bush appointees would roll back judicial progress like Roe v Wade. And reform of the judicial nomination process is coming up as an issue. How would a Bush administration fare without filibusters? Would a Republican Senate majority make this irrelevant for Kerry? For answers, listen to this episode.

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Feedback: Judicial

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

You asked one of your guests to give an example of "activism" from the bench from conservative judges. I submit to you that the Supreme Court handing the presidency to George W. Bush in 2001 is the supreme example of judicial activism from conservatives and irrevocably tainted the top judiciary in this country.
-MS

In a mature democracy, abortion just like most issues including the death penalty for example, is resolved through representative government i.e. laws and not by the interpretation of a 200 year old document…… this is insulting to the citizen male or female alike…..
-SS

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30 issues: Race, Ethnicity, Equality

Monday, October 18, 2004

Housing, jobs, the war in Iraq. Minority voters care about the same issues as everyone else--and then some. While Bush is appealing en Español to Latino voters, Senator Kerry is counting on black voters to give him the winning margin.

Today three eminent thinkers on matters of concern to minority ...

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feedback: race, ethnicity, equality

Monday, October 18, 2004

Whether affirmative action is a "dead issue" among people of color is not the issue. Disennfranchisement, lack of empowerment, are issues that resonate among people of color which indeed are important to all Americans.

Removal of various self help programs from head start to legal aid are all being chiseled away incrementally by Bush.

While two of your radio participants may feel that issues of "blackness" are no longer important, the Republicans tried to pay friends of mine to sit in the Republican Convention to show there were indeed black faces.
-JA

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30 Issues: Taxes

Thursday, October 14, 2004

George Bush’s website states that in “three years,” he’s achieved “three tax cuts.” That has become the cornerstone of his administration’s economic achievements. On the stump he promotes his hopes for his next term: the simplification of the tax code and having them become permanent. Will he be able ...

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Feedback: Taxes

Thursday, October 14, 2004

I am a small businessman--a midtown store-owner--who, post-9/11, has made too little money to worry about taxes. I worry about whether NYC will ever get all the $20 Billion pledged for reconstruction if there's a second term for Bush. I need an employee but am waiting to see what happens ...

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30 issues: the ballot

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

In 2002, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act. Among other things, the law authorized $3.9 billion to the states to improve voting facilities and train workers, and provisional ballots for all would-be voter who poll workers do not believe to have shown proper ID.

Interestingly, New York's two ...

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Feedback: The Ballot

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Isn't the right to vote a direct result of being a citizen?
Shouldn't those who have at least served their time be allowed to
excercise this right? And secondly, is it actually Constitutional to
have varying state laws that prohibit felons from voting? After all
isn't ...

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