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    unanswered questions

    Before I vote

    by | 2 | Feb 18, 2016

    2016 GOP and Democratic presidential candidates and their ghosts

    Dear passionate supporters of the candidates, can you please answer these questions to help me choose our next President?

    To Bernie supporters:
    Q1. I remember how hard I worked to get George McGovern elected to be a strong anti-war President in 1972. I also remember the crushing defeat, and the years afterward with Nixon. Where is Bernie’s 50-state strategy spelled out online? Where is his state-by-state endorsement list of elected officials? I am frightened that the former Independent will not be able to rally the Dems in all the states so we can not only win the White House, but also the Senate and/or House.

    Q2. How can we justify paying student tuition $$ to higher learning institutions that are presently providing an inferior education? For example, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education College Completion project, the University of Houston has a 14% 6-year completion rate, with an average cost for the education of $36,620. Why should US taxpayers subsidize this, or hundreds of other public colleges and universities if they don’t produce the product intended: a quality education?

    To Hillary supporters:
    Q3. Why can’t we have a revolution now? If not now, when? The political juice that Bernie has brought to the presidential race is sincere, and merits your attention if you want these voters sitting at your table. Bernie supporters resonate with his platform.

    Q4. If Bernie gets the popular vote in the primaries, but the superdelegates help you get the nomination, how will you convince Bernie’s supporters to believe in you, and the democratic process?

    I’d also like to ask those who identify themselves as “the media”:
    Q5. Do you honestly wake up believing in a democracy, which demands an educated electorate? If so, why do you send your viewers/listeners/readers off into the weeds, obsessing on silly shiny things like who-called-who-a-liar, rather than dealing with the enormous issues engulfing us, such as poverty, racial inequality, the never ending US wars and terrorism?

    And finally, even though I’m never going to vote Republican, I’d still like to ask:

    To John Kasich supporters:
    Q5. Why can’t you find any other Republicans who want to get along, and will donate to your campaign?

    To Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio supporters:
    Q7. Why do you hate immigrants?

    To Jeb! Bush supporters:
    Q8. Isn’t it time you found a better way to spend your money?

    To Donald Trump supporters:
    Q9. What are you doing here?

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    • Images: The presidential candidates and their ghosts is a composite photo created by LikeTheDew.com from the following images: Current candidates is from two caricatures (GOP, Democrats) by DonkeyHotey; DonkeyHotey also did former President Clinton and former television celebrity Sarah Palin - each of DonkeyHotey's images are via flickr and used under a Creative Commons license; President Obama is a White House official photo (public domain); Geraldine Ferraro is a screenshot from a History.com video (fair use); Benjamin Netanyahu is a screenshot from a Aljazeera  video (fair use); Julian Castro and Just Scalia are screenshots from YouTube.com video (fair use); Rush Limbaugh is a screen shot from GolfChannel.com (fair use); Nikki Haley via instagram (fair use); Pope Francis from the Catholic News Agency; and then there is Walter Mondale, Paul Ryan, Vlad Pooter, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former cheerleader George W. Bush - each grabbed off the internet without attribution (we will replace if photographer/copyright owner requests).    
    Suz Korbel

    Suz Korbel

    Graduating in ’71 from Cornell gave me a few unencumbered years of protesting, followed by 4 happy hipster grad student/worker years at U of Michigan, completing a Ph.D. in public administration. Followed a comedian to San Francisco, then my heart to Austin Texas to learn the TV business, dabbled in hot&heavy politics in DC, and returned to Austin & San Antonio, Texas to hone my political/media skills. I make my money conducting consumer and political opinion studies.

     

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    • Great questions, Suz. Can’t wait for the answers

    • Eileen

      Thank you for asking the questions I couldn’t formulate. I think this is the strangest American election in living memory which could result in the best or the worst of worlds.

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