Thursday, October 4, 2012
Can't they Answer the Question
Last night's debate had a question about the role of government and neither candidate had an answer. Mitt Romney who is on the restore the constitution as I know it tour quoted from the Declaration of Independence a document that does not stat the role of government. For President Obama's answer he started out good by talking about how the government assisted the railroads in building the trans-continental railroad (taxpayers built it just don't own it) and funding science. Then he went off into other programs and failed to tie it back to the Constitution. A better question would have been "how do you interpret Article 1, section 8, clause 1 of the US Constitution and how do you see the role of government in the US?". This would force each of them to address the promote the general welfare of the nation sub-clause. The liberals see that as meaning that government has a role in ensuring that people aren't left behind. The right sees that as being an extension of providing for the defense of the nation, that you have to keep people safe thereby promoting their welfare. A follow-up could have been "section 8, clause 8 describes a government that promotes the arts, funds research, and promotes science what are your thoughts?". It should be noted that Romney did indicate that the arts would be cut although that and defense would appear to be 2 programs that the founding fathers wanted.