Monday, May 10, 2010

25 Things No One Asks Politicians

25 Things No One Asks Politicians
1.  What is you political philosophy and how did you come to it?  Follow Up:  Would you be willing to publicly defend your political philosophy?  When?

2.  What, is the role of local/state/federal government?  Follow Up:  Is that role being performed now?  Effectively/Efficiently/Honestly?  

3.  What is (will be) your role in government?  Follow Up:  How do you measure yourself as to whether you are being effective/efficient/honest in your role?

4.  Do you agree with the statement "All governments have a natural inertia towards growth."?  Follow Up:  Can you name a time when a government shrank by its own hand and by a significant amount relative to its size at that time in history?

5.  What is the role of government social services?  Follow up:  Anecdotally and Scientifically people appreciate less something that is given to them versus something they earn.  With that in mind, how do you justify a fit person receiving social service aid year after year?

6.  Describe "Private Property" and how it relates to government.  

7.  If a citizen or the press accused you of spin, pandering or evading a question would you be willing to answer those charges publicly to the satisfaction of the citizen/press?

8.  Anecdotally it seems many have a poor view of politicians.  Why do you think that is?  

9.  What is the difference between a "politician" and a "statesman".

10.  How malleable is the Constitution on a scale of 1-10, one being Steel and 10 being Clay?

11.  What do you see as the major successes of our nation/state/municipality?  Follow Up:  Are these successes because of government, nothing to do with government or in spite of government?

12.  What are our major shortfalls?  Follow Up:  Are these shortfalls because of government, nothing to do with government, or in spite of government?

13.  How much money did it take for you to be elected?

14.  Are you part of the "political elite"?  Who is?

15.  What is meant by "Tyrannies of the Majority"?

16.  What is meant by "Tyrannies of the Elite"?  Follow Up:  What systems are in place, if any, to prevent these tyrannies.

17.  What is your view of State's Rights or Federalism?  

18.  Who knows what is best for you and your children, the government or you?

19.  Do you believe that local/state governments are better equipped to handle issues of "morality" and "education" than the federal government?

20.  Assuming that the current tax burden is about right, shouldn't we be paying vastly more money in taxes individually(and business) to state and local governments than to the federal government, the level of government that is furthest from our individual problems/issues/opportunities?  

21.  If governments must redistribute wealth, would not it stand that those governments most local to the citizenry are best equipped to collect and distribute that wealth fairly -because they can see the issues and facts most clearly and distribute that wealth efficiently -because there would be less bureaucracy and better access to those politicians that control the spending?  

22.  What is your opinion of "career politicians"?

23.  Describe a non public sector "real job" (not relating in any way to politics, public policy or government) you have held and were successful doing.

24.  What are your thoughts on this parable as it relates to government:  "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime."

25.  Do you believe in American Exceptionalism?  Explain.

By Benjamin Parrish Cook

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