PDH & the Hawaiâ€˜i Chapter of ADA will be hosting a Presidential Candidates Forum
Hear from Hawaiâ€˜i campaign representatives and ask them your questions!
January 17, 6:30-8:30pm
Harris United Methodist Church
20 S. Vineyard Boulevard
We have asked each campaign to be prepared to answer questions similar to those listed below. We wonâ€™t be asking these questions directly, so have purposely kept them general in nature in order to provide campaigns with an outline of issues that they should be prepared to answer questions on. Audience members are welcome to ask more pointed questions as they see fit.
As time allows, we will add additional posts outlining sources where these questions have already been answered for each campaign. If you know of good sources, feel free to leave a comment.
1. Regarding the
PDH and ADA/H, along with the majority of Americans, think that the
2. Regarding Healthcare:
Currently, there are approximately 47 million uninsured Americans. Of those that are insured, many are faced with rising premiums and co-pays that puts them in danger of losing their coverage. A number of solutions for this recognized crisis have been proposed ranging from a single-payer system that would eliminate insurance companies (similar to
3. Regarding Abuses of Executive Authority:
PDH and ADA/H, along with the majority of Americans, are concerned about abuses of executive privilege and the erosion of our constitution that not only brought us into an unnecessary war but violated the civil liberties and privacy of American citizens. Some say the proper remedy is impeachment of Bush and Cheney, some say increased Congressional oversight hearings, while others say that the Bush/Cheney administration will be out of office soon enough anyway. Where does your candidate stand on this issue?
4. Regarding Financing of Elections:
PDH and ADA/H, along with the majority of Americans, think that the election process is dominated by big money which leads to legislation that largely favors corporations over regular people. Some view this process as a form of barely disguised legalized bribery. Furthermore, the amount of time that a politician must spend raising money takes away from the time they should be spending serving their constituents. Where does your candidate stand on the topic of electoral reform and publicly financed elections?
5. Regarding the Environment:
As has been pointed out by Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore, particularly in his movie â€œInconvenient Truth,â€ our planet is undergoing an environmental crisis. We feel that drastic changes need to be made and the
6. Regarding Economic Justice:
The growing disparity of wealth between rich and poor is undermining the middle class, which is key to a strong democracy. Some people think this is largely linked to trade issues, increased corporate domination over small businesses, and regressive tax policies that benefit corporations and the richest in our society at the cost of social programs and a higher tax burden for the middle-class. What will your candidate do to restore fairness and justice in our economy?