Richard H. Schwartz
Vegan, climate change,and social justice activist

Questions I Would Like to Address to Candidates Running for the Republican Presidential Nomination

Many interesting and tough questions were asked of Republicans during the first debates on July 6. But many important ones were not asked, including the following:

  1. What policies do you support that differ from those that were so harmful during the G. W. Bush administration, converting a 3-year major surplus on track to completely wipe out the total federal debt into a major deficit, creating very few jobs, and leaving our country on the brink of a depression, with rapidly decreasing housing and stock values and an average of 750,000 jobs being lost in their final few months?
  2. Like your fellow Republicans, do you favor tax and other benefits for the wealthiest Americans and highly profitable corporations at the expense of the vast majority of Americans?
  3. Given that the American Society of Civil Engineers gives our infrastructure a grade of D+, do you favor efforts to rebuild it, thereby creating millions of good paying jobs, increasing tax revenues, and reducing the need for unemployment and other governmental benefits, thereby greatly improving our economy?
  4. Based on the very strong scientific consensus of climate experts about climate threats as well as the evidence of rapidly melting glaciers and polar ice caps and the increase in the number and severity of droughts, wildfires, storms, and floods, if elected, would you support efforts to reduce climate change? Or would you be in denial like the vast majority of Republican Congress members? And what do you think of the recent Papal encyclical that calls for strong efforts to reduce climate change?
  5. If you succeed with your wish to abolish Obamacare, what will you say to the millions of Americans who have obtained health insurance who previously could not get it? What specific plan do you have to replace it?
  6. You want to increase spending for the military although we are already spending almost as much as the rest of the world combined. You also want to cut the federal deficit although it has already decreased substantially in recent years. What cuts in social programs do you support in order to accomplish both of your objectives? How do we make sure our military is not misused as occurred when we invaded Iraq and when we attacked Vietnam.
  7. Do you agree with Pope Francis that there should be major efforts to reduce the major income gaps between the wealthy and the poor?
About the Author
Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D., is the author of Judaism and Vegetarianism, Judaism and Global Survival, Who Stole My Religion? Revitalizing Judaism and Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal our Imperiled Planet, and Mathematics and Global Survival, and over 200 articles and 25 podcasts at He is President Emeritus of Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA) and President of the Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (SERV). He is associate producer of the 2007 documentary “A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal the World.” He is also a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the College of Staten Island, which is part of the City University of New York.
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