On the day of the Fox Business debate, the Breitbart News Daily radio show, hosted by executive chairman Stephen K. Bannon, lit up with grassroots listeners who had their own questions to ask the GOP candidates. Unimpeded by a media filter, these listeners — dismissed as “low-information voters” by the GOP Smart Set — were focused, astute, and expressed a patriotic concern for the nation’s posterity in tough economic times.
Cindy in Florida, who works with the Martin 9/12 Tea Party Committee, said her group vetted all of the candidates except Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, whom she claimed avoided them. “That is such a fallacy,” Cindy said of Rubio’s Tea Party label. “That happened from the media. We went around chasing him, asking him hard questions; he never came in… Every single person came in except for him and a local person who wouldn’t answer questions on property rights, but that’s besides the point. The point is now — I’d like to know about his support of the H-1B visa program. I would like to know whether or not he would agree to have a ballot initiative for E-Verify. I’d like to know why he never let those bills go to the House floor when he was in the state senate on any immigration — and I worked on those bills, with my local officials. So he’s got a lot to answer to. I’d like all of them to answer that.”
“I’d like to know about all the candidates — what their plan is about energy,” said Robert in Texas. “Everything about our economy depends on energy. So if we don’t come up with a proper energy plan, I don’t think anyone’s going to work.”
Eric from Rochester, New York called in to asked what the candidates proposed to do about education. “It’s unreal,” he said of the Obama administration’s cracking down on schools disciplining out-of-control students. “I’ve subbed. I’ve been a full-time teacher in Rochester and Syracuse — I’ve been assaulted in both schools. Not a big deal. It’s a mainstream thing. The students have learned its in their best interests to escalate the conflict as much as possible, because they don’t really get punished. When there’s so much bad stuff going on in an urban school, the minimal stuff is just swept under the rug, and the serious items are drastically under-reported. These schools have no out-of-school suspension policy!”
Amos called from Illinois to ask how the GOP candidates would uplift African Americans after progressive policies failed them. “I would like to know what their policies would be that would ultimately uplift the African American community, as well as address any of its concerns in regards to the inequities in the criminal justice system, and other inequities that exist in society at large.” He told Bannon he owned his own business — Bannon said he would like to ask the candidates how they would get more equity capital available to inner city entrepreneurs. Amos said he agreed. “You mentioned things about handouts,” he added. “I think what that does is make people dependent on a system that is designed to keep them impoverished, frankly, and I don’t think everybody that espouses those policies want people to be left behind, but I think most people for those policies really don’t care.”
Teresa in Atlanta said she scanned over 1400 hundred pages of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) bill recently made public. “It’s awful,” she said. After about the first hundred pages, it begins to detail what other countries are allowed bring into other countries, along with the associated taxes. It falls in line with the Obama administration’s plans to run the energy industry into the ground — “the oil, the coal, the natural gas,” she said. “TPP enables other countries to import those products into the U.S. with no tax, no duty, no limit. So what you’ve done is, you’ve run our energy business and made us dependent on others. So what are you going to do to reverse that? How are you going to bring the energy business back to the U.S., make us less dependent on other countries, and help us just survive in our economy?”
Jeremy in Arizona focused on states’ sovereignty and their tax dollars. “First of all, I’d rather be an informed hobbit than a useful idiot,” he began in an amused tone. “I’d like to know what the candidates would do to return power to the states to control their economic livelihoods, and to control their own tax dollars. The states were designed to have their own, individual sovereignty, so this is actually a question that would be very telling of the candidates and their beliefs, and the structure of our nation. Do they believe the states should have individual control over their tax revenues, or that they believe Mordor on the Potomac to be the grand overseers?”
Tony in Detroit said he would like to know what the candidates would do about the student loan racket and audit the grants going to colleges. “Effectively, what they’re doing is using our money to radicalize colleges through taxpayers’ money,” he said.
Tom in Virginia wanted candidates to address economic education. “I believe what we’re seeing is the systematic attempted murder of conservatism through education — through the lack of education. Specifically, economic education.” When he went through college, Tom said, he was “brain-dead” in regard to economic thought, but once he got a handle on it, “that was where my real, conservative roots took hold. I have been screaming this for 30 years from the top of the mountain that we have got to get economic education into our middle school and high school, so when these kids get to college, they have some ammunition to combat the liberalism and the professors there at school.”
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