The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


September 27, 2012

Our View: Questions for debate

In less than a week the first of three presidential debates will be held. Here are some questions that we would like to hear asked and then answered by both President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Their answers are important to anyone voting in less than six weeks.

On the last day of September 2016, the end of the fiscal year, what will be the national debt if you are elected? Our current national debt is $16 trillion, approximately.

What will be the rate of economic growth (percentage of increase in gross domestic product) each year during your term of office?

If you are elected, what will be the total deficit spending each year in your four-year term as president?

What do you consider to be the normal unemployment rate in America and when will you achieve that goal during your term of office?

The total cost of health care in America is about $2.5 trillion each year. What will that total cost be — minus inflation — each year for your four years in office?

We are reportedly facing a fiscal cliff on Jan. 1, 2013. If there was no election, what actions would you take right now as president to avoid that reported calamity?

In September 2016, will Iran have produced weapons grade nuclear material? If your answer is “no,” please tell us how you will prevent that from happening. If your answer is “yes,” please tell us what actions you will take to mitigate nuclear weapons material finding its way into the hands of the Iranian government.

During your term of office as president and assuming that the Muslim Brotherhood retains power in the Egyptian government, will you treat that government and country as an ally, a friendly government, a non-aligned government or an enemy government?

During your four years in office will you support and promote a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution?

As you consider the economic and international conditions in America and around the world, do you consider America making good progress or in decline?

Those are the questions that, in our view, Americans want answered.

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