I’ve been reluctant to harp too much on this subject because I don’t want to get into the middle of a partisan battle but when Mario Cuomo doesn’t think that Sen. Barack Obama is being specific enough about what he plans to do on issues I feel empowered to second the motion:
“I’m unhappy with the current presidential race, so much so that I haven’t endorsed Obama or Hillary (Clinton), though I’m well-known to be a Democrat,” Cuomo said. “I am not endorsing because I don’t think they’ve been specific enough. We have these big, big issues, and the political theory is: ‘I don’t want to get into the specifics, because if I do I’m going to get into trouble.’ ”
Here are some of the specific questions I’d like answered:
- You’ve said you plan to leave a vestigial force in Iraq to conduct continued training of the Iraqi military, to undertake combat missions against Al Qaeda in Iraq, to protect American personnel and assets in Iraq, and for force protection. How large a force? Larger than 80,000? Larger than 50,000? Larger than 10,000?
- According to many polls the issue most on Americans’ minds is the high price of gasoline. Do you agree? If so, what is your plan to bring the price down in the near term.
- CAFTA (free trade agreement with Colombia) gets Colombia to open its markets to American good and services without changing what we’re doing much if at all. Why is that a bad idea?
- Do you favor the continuance of agricultural subsidies?
- Do you support the bail-out plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Why is a bail-out plan that preserves shareholders equity in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac a good idea?
I’m sure I could think up a lot more but that’s a start.