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Wayne Questions Wanted for Next Obama, Romney Presidential Debate

If you have a question for the candidates, submit it in the comments section below and it could be asked during the televised Oct. 16 Town Hall Presidential Debate.

If last Wednesday’s presidential debate left you with more questions than answers, here’s your chance for the presidential candidates to address the issues that most matter to you.

The next presidential debate will be a town hall meeting format at Hofstra University in Long Island, where voters will ask President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney about domestic and foreign policy.

Patch is asking you, our readers, to participate by submitting questions for the candidates.

All you have to do is post your question in the comments section below and we’ll send it to the Commission on Presidential Debates. The Commission is partnering with Patch's parent company Aol, along with Google and Yahoo, to take questions from web users across the country.

Don’t wait until Nov. 6 to have a say in this year’s election. Share your thoughts in the comments!

Valerie October 08, 2012 at 02:02 PM
why do people over 62 have to pay the school tax on their taxes when they have no children in scool?
Valerie October 08, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I would like this answered since they are making so many cuts to Medicare & Social Security...How can a person live when they get older?
Scondo October 08, 2012 at 03:46 PM
We never sent our children to public school, why did I have to pay all those years of property taxes for public school. Because of the social contract I entered into to live within a society that says we will as a civilized population provide for the general educational benefit of all children. The social contract is being shredded by those who want to take but not pay in--and that includes the seniors who believe that they should get a free ride after they and their children have benefited from the education that they themselves received in years past.
Scondo October 08, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I will not specifically answer this except to say that there is a very broad range of wealth in the senior class. Some seniors complain that it is difficult to make ends meet, yet they do not want to employ the wealth stored in a home with several hundred thousand dollars of equity.
Scondo October 08, 2012 at 03:52 PM
My question is this: Our borders seem increasingly porous , yet at the same time we seem to be more conscious of checking citizens when they board aircraft , why do we not have the same concerns about security when it comes to checking those who would enter our country. We have no idea if foreign operatives walk amongst us and we apparently make no effort to determine the level of threat. Why not ?
Scondo October 08, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Next Question: Romney inelegantly referred to the 47% in that infamous gaffe of his. But he did initiate a discussion relative to the fairness of citizens not contributing to the support of the very government that governs them. Is it not time that we attempted to rewrite our tax code to remove the unfairness of some people paying the entirety of taxes , while others pay nothing. Should we be operating with an almost incomprehensible tax code, one so byzantine that almost no one understands it or can follow it ?
Scondo October 08, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Next question: What is the National Interest justification for being involved militarily in Afghanistan ? Shouldn't we at least attempt to articulate a national interest before we sent troops overseas to fight and die ?
Scondo October 08, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Next question: The Student Loan programs as originally conceived provided funds for people to further their education, but as the programs became more widespread tuition prices skyrocketed into the stratosphere. In addition the amount of total debt is out of sight, threatening yet another financial crisis. What does either candidate have in mind for rehabilitating this program ?
Joe videodummy October 08, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Scondo- Pell Grants provide the largest source of grant funding to most of our 10 million college students. Both of our candidates intend to make cuts by 1,000.00 to the program ( per year ) lowering the maximum grant from 5,500.00 to 4,500.00. Republican - " claim it's not true " line- by-line cuts wouldn't include Pell. Democrats - " claim Pell Grants are necessary to further our education by allowing students an affordable option" We know the Democrats lied because The Obama Admin. already cut the grant option from 18 semesters to 12. This means all Freshmen will have to scramble for financing to complete thir senior year in college. Romney-Obama..."Same Old Drama" but on this particular point a line-by-line cut to the program will allow the most needy students to receive a full 18 semester grant so the advantage goes to Romney-Ryan for only "half" lying.
Scondo October 08, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Joe, those are grants, they are small potatos in the deep fat fryer in which we find ourselves today. I am talking about the capital dumping that has gone into the guaranteed student loan program, we have 50% of college graduates over the course of the last 3 years under or unemployed and a burgeouning problem in the repayment area. Parents are usually co signers for the loans and they are buckling under the pressure. Many think this loan program has caused tuition to go through the roof. Is it an ill conceived program that needs to be looked into.
Joe videodummy October 08, 2012 at 09:41 PM
There isn't going to be a national solution to housing or lack of it, unemployment or the lack of jobs, or rising tuition costs, loan costs, or the lack of suitable employment for all of those who graduated with some type of degree. 37% of all 4 year degrees are obsolete with-in the first 5 years of receiving them. 21% of the students recieving a degree will actually enter into the national work-force by getting a job directly related to the degree they are holding. 44% will get a job in a field outside of their degree field. 18% will-not get a job and 14% will work in fields that didn't need a degree to get employment. The report estimates 76% of our graduates are working a 'below rate' job, and half of them aren't making enough to make they're loan payments. The numbers are about the same for the parents who co-signed these loans.
Joe videodummy October 08, 2012 at 10:04 PM
At the bottom of the fryer is nearly 3.5 million people defaulting on loans and/or mortgages every year. With over 300 million people, 3.5 is a very small percentage, and not enough to require any type of engagement needed to resolve an issue that seems minor inside the big picture. Whether it's Pell, Fanny Mae, SocialSecurity, Medicare, or the FederalSavings and Loan, Republican=line-by-line Democrats=cuts-across-the-board. No party can guarantee a million new jobs every week for the next 4 years, and that's what it's going to take to stabilize our economy. Not prosper- that's what we need to balance it.
Ron Burgundy October 08, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Considering that Justice Scalia is 76, Justice Kennedy is 76, Justice Ginsburg is 79, and Justice Breyer is 74, there will likely be at least one Supreme Court opening in the next four years. If elected president, what are your plans with regards to making appointments to the Supreme Court? What specifically will you look for in your next Supreme Court nominee?
Grant October 09, 2012 at 02:09 PM
President Obama, your economists suggested that if we did not pass the stimulus bill, unemployment would be under 6% today, in late 2012, due to normal business cycle recovery. Isn't the fact that the recovery part of the business cycle has been worse under your administration as compared to any other administration suggest that your policies aren't working? At what point do you take responsibility for the economy? Grant, Philadelphia

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