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30 Issues: Jersey Senate Candidate's Vision for Government

Monday, October 07, 2013

The Brian Lehrer Show's election series 30 Issues in 30 Days continues this week with a series of conversations about a variety of topics. See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

In their debate over the weekend, New Jersey US Senate candidates Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan offered strikingly different visions for the size and role of the federal government.  Mike Kelly, columnist at The Record, analyzes the highlights.

Guests:

Mike Kelly

Comments [6]

Ralph L. from Westchester

Your guest criticizes Lonegan as contradictory for saying that he'd have opposed starting Medicare, but now favors giving benefits to the present-day elderly. There is no contradiction in this. If a bad law forces some people to pay for others over decades, and those people rationally count on receiving a later payout themselves, there would be an injustice in eliminating that payout suddenly. Opposing a sudden stoppage of benefits doesn't contradict the statement that the law is bad. (A more nearly just solution in such a case would be to gradually phase out the law and the wealth transfers over time.)

Oct. 07 2013 11:39 AM
Bernice from Piscataway

I despise politicians who feel so generous with the tax payers money - (which we don't have -- we are broke - so is his city) but personally give very little. It is like an auction sometimes on who can give away the store - not debate on leadership.

Oct. 07 2013 11:17 AM
Sue from Manhattan

The tea baggers hate "elites" (i.e. well off Democrats) as well as immigrants, people of color, poor people, etc etc. You'd think they'd want to help the middle class -- the only people they like are whites who are doing OK financially -- but they're even against helping folks afford college. Luckily their demographic is shrinking rapidly!

Oct. 07 2013 10:54 AM
Chriss from Montclair

I was surprised at how bad Booker looked. Not sure what debate the guest saw to call it a win by Booker. Moreover, your guest is supplying all the answers that eluded Booker.

At the debate, poor Corey looked beat up, flummoxed, confused and scared.

All this is perhaps, even more impressive knowing Lonegan is blind. His skilled debating style and recall of facts was impressive.

Too bad he'll lose.

Oct. 07 2013 10:47 AM
Dan

Lonegan criticizes Booker for flying around the country? The same can be said for the guv but he says nothing about that.

Question- if Lonegan is elected, will he side with the tea party and break his constitutional obligation under the 14th amendment to pay the country's debts?

Oct. 07 2013 10:40 AM
Joe from nearby

Actually, a more accurate name would be "Americans For (Millionaires') Prosperity."

Oct. 07 2013 10:36 AM

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