Questionnaire

Second Debate Preparation Survey

Which issue do you think Mr. Trump was strongest on during the first debate?
Fair trade
Foreign policy
Cutting taxes
Reducing $19-trillion debt
Job creation
Law and order
Other, please specify:

He exuded a steely seriousness.

 



Which issue do you think Mr. Trump should focus more on in the next debate?
Fair trade
Foreign policy
Cutting taxes
Reducing $19-trillion debt
Job creation
Law and order
Other, please specify:

He wants to cut taxes; he should explain how that will help struggling Americans by using his own taxes as a detailed example

 

 
Should Trump call out Hillary for lying about her stance on the job-killing trade deal TPP during the first debate?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

He should use his offshore foreign investments and offshore manufacturing partners as examples of how it should be done.

 
Should Trump lay out how his business, private-sector experience will directly benefit the economy?

Yes

 
Did you agree with Trump’s decision to call out Hillary for being in politics for 30 years and not accomplishing anything?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

Well, no, because that would have given those nasty fact-checkers more fodder

 

 
On the subject of Hillary’s emails, should Trump have brought up the fact that Hillary jeopardized our national security?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

He should use the example of his invitation to Russians to hack US politicians as an example of the possible consequences of doing things like using an AOL account as her predecessor Colin Powell did

 

 

Should Trump have brought up the Clinton Foundation’s pay-to-play schemes?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

Absolutely; and then he should open all his records so that we can see how he avoids even the slightest appearance of conflict of interest

 
Should Trump have brought up Hillary’s failure in Benghazi as a disqualification for the presidency?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

He should lead an expeditionary force to assassinate someone. Probably doesn’t matter who.

 
Should Trump have called out Hillary’s massive Wall Street fundraising and the paid speeches that she refuses to release to the public?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

Of course. He can contrast it to his exemplary record as an educator and philanthropist!

 
Should Trump attack Hillary as a life-long politician who has zero experience creating jobs?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

Yes, he should keep hitting her and keep hitting her hard on all that experience. Damn that experience!

 
Should Trump call out Hillary for flip-flopping on NAFTA and TPP in an attempt to gain votes from Bernie’s supporters?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

Better yet, he should lay out all his views on international trade agreements and use his own far flung international holdings and investments as contrary examples

 
Should Trump double down on the need to rebuild our infrastructure, and draw on his own experience in construction to get the job done?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

We, as a nation, are aching inside. We need more gold plating. A golden toilet in every bathroom!

 
When discussing cybersecurity, should Trump bring up Hillary’s unsecured secret server left vulnerable to hackers?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

Absolutely, another opportunity to show of his support in the tech community… well… the Russian hacker community, anyhow

 
Should Trump address Hillary’s failure to take the threat of radical Islamic terrorism seriously?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

You bet! He’s clearly deeply knowledgeable on the intricacies of middle eastern power politics

 
Should Trump talk about the importance of rebuilding our own country instead of nation-building abroad?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

Of course. We break ’em. We don’t put ’em back together, I always say.

 

Should Trump criticize Hillary’s tax hikes on the middle class as senator and plan to raise taxes as president?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

This is a tricky one, frankly. Despite all expectation and everything the folks on the radio shows say, I’ve actually done a lot better under Democrats. It’s undoubtedly some sort of statistical anomaly. No, wait, it’s not. Everyone has. Let me think about this.

 
Should Trump paint Hillary as someone who has betrayed working-class policies in favor of Wall Street?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

See 16. Damn. Tough questions.

 
Should Trump continue to tie Hillary to Obama’s failed policies including ObamaCare and the Iran Deal?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

Of course! Compare and contrast Obama’s popularity and perceived trustworthiness with, say, Donald Trump’s own ratings… no, wait. Let me rethink this one, too.

 

 
Should Trump continue to promote his tax plan that will cut taxes in order to stimulate the economy for ALL Americans?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

Look, we all know that cutting taxes on poor folks isn’t going to do anything — they’re just going to buy more food and clothes and books and such for their kids. Minor bumps to the economy. He should raise taxes on the middle class and poor and increase the national debt — well, actually, I guess that’s already the Trump plan

 
Should Trump attack Hillary for referring to tens of millions of American men and women as “deplorables”?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

Well, I say deplore the sin, not the sinner.

 
Should Trump bring up the importance of not only the Supreme Court, but also the next president’s ability to appoint many federal judges?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

Oh, you bet! People need to be reminded of the potentially long lasting consequences of this election. And who else but the Donald would nominate Don King to the SCOTUS?

 
Should Trump point to his history of employing thousands of Americans as evidence of his firsthand experience and ability to create jobs?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

Don’t stop there — be sure to include the touching testimonials from independent contractors who’ve worked for Donald and received his tough but invaluable lesson when Donald wouldn’t pay them on the contracted work, instead wheedling them down and dragging them through endless hearings and proceedings. You can’t buy that kind of education. Well, maybe you can.

 
Should Trump hammer Hillary on wanting to enact more of Obama’s regulations that have stunted the economy and prevented small businesses from growing or even starting up?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

Yes! She needs to be hammered for her weakness in resisting regulation of banking and investment schemes and dodges. This is America, dammit!

 
Should Trump focus on Hillary’s proud claim to put a lot of coal miners out of business?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

Well, let’s be real. That’s just business, isn’t it. Mines have been laying off miners since time immemorial. We don’t want Donald starting no damn unions.

 
Should Trump emphasize the importance of harnessing American energy in order to grow our economy and reduce the cost of gas at the pump?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

As long as its not that free, clean stuff like wind and solar. That stuff gives me the willies. I hear you can get skin cancer from the sun.

 
Should Trump spend more time articulating plans to rein in corruption in D.C.?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

He should be wary of this. It could be a trap.

 
Should Trump paint Hillary as the epitome of D.C. corruption and the close relationship between lobbyists and politicians?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

Who would know better?

 
Should Trump accuse Hillary of representing everything that everyday Americans are worried about in Washington?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

Including the humidity in September.

 
Should Trump speak directly to the American voters at home and defend our positive message for America?
Yes
No
No Opinion
Other, please specify:

He should come to our houses and have dinner with us. I’m having beans and toast tonight.

 

Do you have any personal advice for Donald Trump for the next debate?

Just keep doing what you’ve been doing!

Pundits go big for Hillary. Everyone else, apparently, thinks Sanders ‘won’ the first Democratic Party presidential debate.

Fortune:

Fortune: Did Hillary Clinton really win the Democratic debate? 

The AtlanticWhy Bernie Did Better Than the Pundits Thought

CNN: Video clip of CNN Live Poll results

Police and society

We’ve been confronted with some very ugly realities about the performance of police of the decidedly difficult and dangerous tasks we’ve set for them.

Individual humans will err, of course. But it appears that these problems are SYSTEMIC — and systemic problems need to be taken up by society as a whole, going beyond mutual blame games and scapegoating, and looking for new solutions that actually work.

Because it’s clear that we are moving farther away from the goals we have, as a society, set for ourselves.

Independent thought and unitary thoughts

Any thought that appears independently without corroborating observations, corollary conclusions, or peripheral considerations should be suspect, seems to me. If it just ‘pops into your head’ it may well have been put there to achieve someone else’s ends.

I came to the conclusion back in my wild and wooly twenties that sorcery, marketing and politics were all part of the same game.

Child prisoners raped by prisoners AND staff on an ongoing basis in Michigan, according to lawsuit.

Michigan prison officials actually claim they are not responsible for rape, murder, or violence against child prisoners mixed with the adult prisoner population. The courts don’t seem to see it their way, including a $100 million judgment against the state for allowing prison staff to sexually assault and harass hundreds of female prisoners…

Inmates under 18 were forced to engage in sex acts with adult prisoners and staff, according to the lawsuit, with some abuse “open and obvious.” The Corrections Department disputes the allegations, and state attorneys have argued that employees shouldn’t be held liable.

But after more than a year of litigation, the inmates have some important victories.

Associated Press via The Seattle Post-Intelligencer:  Michigan fighting claims of sexual abuse by teens in prison

 

Bigots complain of prejudice… the world weeps.

A coalition opposed to allowing non-heterosexuals to marry is protesting that they and their fellow bigots are feeling excluded from civil society for what others see as their hateful, narrow-minded views. But those others say it’s about time, that bigots should be shunned and their bigotry publicly shamed.

From the Christian Science Monitor:

As gay rights gain acceptance, conservatives say they face discrimination

 

Carly Fiorina, destroyer of corporations and Cali senate race loser, eyes the White House

She almost destroyed Hewlett Packard as CEO — it lost half its value and she was fired. She ran for US Senator from California and was trounced, losing 42% to Barbara Boxer’s 52% — and now — OF COURSE — she’s running for president.

Can the GOP get any nuttier at all?

Bloomberg Politics: 

Carly Fiorina Gets Into the Picture

Time Magazine:

Here’s Why Carly Fiorina Thinks She Can Best Criticize Hillary Clinton