by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Until now, the media’s questioning of Democratic Party presidential hopefuls has often been expectedly obsequious and misleading. Questions typically come in two forms: 1) “Just how evil is Donald Trump?” or 2) A policy question larded with euphemisms and framed in a way that makes it little more than an in-kind contribution to the campaign.
These are just some of the questions they should be asking instead. …
… A number of presidential hopefuls, including Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Julián Castro, and Beto O’Rourke, have expressed support for the “Green New Deal.” Do you also support it?
The “Green New Deal” calls for eliminating all fossil fuel energy production, which includes not only oil but natural gas, one of the cheapest sources of American energy, and one of the reasons the United States has been able to lead the world in carbon-emissions reduction. How do you propose eliminating nearly 90 percent of American energy usage in 11 years? If not in 11 years, how many years do you propose reaching this goal? …
… On the issue of health insurance, do you believe, like a number of Democratic Party hopefuls, that private insurance should be banned in the United States, and that Americans should be forced into a government-run plan? If not, how can Medicare for “all” work?
The “Medicare for All’” policy is estimated to cost taxpayers around $32.6 trillion over 10 years. Even in the best-case scenario it is estimated that instituting a top marginal tax rate of 70 percent would raise a little more than $700 billion over that decade. How do you propose paying for the other $31.9 trillion?