4.17.2008

Dear Anne Kornblut: Debate subjects NOT covered that should have been

Dear Anne:

Just heard you on MSNBC and you basically stated that all the subjects that could have been covered over the previous 20 debates were - during your fact-less defense of Charlie & George -- and that's why they felt the need to focus on the shit they did.

Are you kidding me?

Over the 20 debates, Anne, many subjects that should have been covered haven’t been (and if they have not in any meaningful way) and I am shocked you don’t see it. Or do you and don’t care?

So, where to begin?

1. What kind of Supreme Court Justice will they appoint? Will they do everything possible to protect all our privacy in their choice, but especially the right of individuals to make health and medical decisions for themselves?

2. Will they restore FISA to its original intent?

3. Will either have their AG Investigating the Bush administration’s crimes (Domestic Spying, torture, politicization of the AG’s, etc.) and prosecuting if applicable? Obama just said he would ask his AG to at least start with the instigating to see if something is really there.

4. How will they rebuild New Orleans – what about a real levee system like the Dutch or England does?

5. What will each of them do to rebuild our crumbling Infrastructure?

6. What will each of them do modernize air traffic control?

7. Will either restoring the constitutional protections that this Administration has cast aside (including Habeas Corpus).

8. Who will restore the checks and balance (separation of powers) mutilated by the power grabbed in the executive branch? Meaning… who will GIVE UP some of the powers that Bush/Cheney claimed for them?

9. Do they promise to restore Banking regulations like the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, put in place after the great depression by FDR, but subsequently rescinded by Bill Clinton as Citibank Request (The Financial Modernization Act of 1999, also known as the "Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act" or GLB Act).

10. Do they promise to restore the old bankruptcy laws (and rescind The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 which Bush & Republicans put into place on behalf of the banks not satisfied with the The Financial Modernization Act of 1999) – the one that if they were still in place might have helped keep people from losing their homes?

You see, since they couldn’t declare bankruptcy on their small credit card debts (let’s say 10,000 – 20,000), they kept paying those bill only to fell behind on their mortgages. Combine that will the results of Glass-Steagall being mutilated and predatory lending practices with teaser rates, and you have the mess we’re in now.

11. Do both promise to restore Telecommunications regulations that are preventing this country from keeping up with Europe and Asia when it comes to choice & competition, internet speed, high-definition & the types of devices made available for consumer use, not to mention we’re paying astronomical prices for services that would be considered substandard in these other parts of the world?

12. Do both promise to maintain net neutrality and perhaps even expand on it to keep big media/telecoms out of our business?

That was just off the top of my head, Anne.

If you don’t see that Charlie & Georgie have plenty of subject to tackle that haven’t been tackled before, that the public wants discussed openly and honestly, then you’re in the wrong business.

Or, is it your job to maintain the public’s ignorance in you attempts to protect big media just like Disney/ABC was doing in the debate?

Shame on them and shame on those of you defending their line of questioning when there’s so many more imperative issues we must be dealing with.

You are obviously part of the problem. You might want to check with you colleague Dana Priest as sort of a refresher course on how journalist are supposed to behave.

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