A few weeks ago six, July 20, of the GOP candidates running for the party’s nomination for the Presidency in 2012 election.  This debate took place over Twitter, the first of its kind.  The challenge of responding to public policy issues in 140 characters seems like it would be interesting but as you read it you find that many candidates did multiple posts to answer the questions by the moderator S.E. Cupp.  Candidates that involved were:  Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Thad Cotter, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, and Gary Johnshon.  You can read the debate at http://140townhall.com.  Like the last debate, I will post my responses to the questions of the moderator.  Enjoy.

As President, how will you avoid continually raising the debt ceiling?
I would avoid continually raising the debt ceiling by attacking the problems that have Congress raising the debt ceiling.  First, I would veto any unbalanced budget.  Secondly, I would suggest to Congress that they finally take on the task of reforming our spending programs on entitlements of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and others.  Including taking them out of the general budget and forcing them to work with the money they bring in on their special taxes.

So, you all support balancing the budget! But what entitlements would you go after?
All of them. Most of the changes to make these systems solvent are just actuary changes. Increasing the age in which people receive benefits. Expanding who pays into the system. Increasing the requirements to draw upon those systems so they are truly just a safety net and not a retirement program that discourages people to prepare for their own retirement.

How do you weigh the cost of fighting the war on terror against the exploding debt crisis?
The U.S. does need to go after terrorist cells and organization. This is a war that cannot be fought like a traditional war. Organizations and people move and the military must move with them to take them out or capture those who would plan these attacks on America. Invading a country and holding territory is the wrong way for us to wage this war and is why we have paid so much for it over the last ten years. To cut costs I would remove troops from the countries we are now stationed and task the military and intelligence communities to work together to find, capture and destroy terrorist camps anywhere in the world. Also since World War II the American people have never been asked to sacrifice to pay for our military. I would begin another war bond program to help fund the “war on terror,” to offset the costs of waging such a war.

Would any of you have gone into Libya?
No. It is not our job to choose sides in a civil war that does not involve us.

Can a president create jobs without expanding the role of the federal government?
It is not the job of the president to create jobs. The President is their to enforce the laws of the United States. The federal government is also not tasked with the responsibility for creating jobs. It is the job of the U.S. Government to protect the people and their natural rights. Both the Congress, the President and the massive bureaucracy in the federal government hinders job growth and must be scaled back to bring more jobs to America and restore the government to its proper role in our nation.

As President, if you could enact any policy to fix the economy without congressional approval what would it be? Be specific.
Any act that the President takes without Congressional approval would be unconstitutional The President is only to enforce the laws approved of by Congress and signed by him. When he fails to enforce the laws, enacts regulations, or executive orders that have no basis in the Constitution or the U.S. Code of Law, the president is violation of the Constitution and his oath of office.

What role do you think the Tea Party will play in the 2012 elections?
First, the Tea Party will hold Congress’s feet to the fire over the promises made during the 2010 elections. This debate is another way they are playing a role in the election, by lending their support to candidates who are true to the principles of limited and fiscally responsible government. I am not sure how big of a role they will play in the nomination our the Republican’s candidate for President.

The debate concluded with specific questions to specific candidates.  Those are not included in this post as they dealt with issues previously written about in the earlier debate.

Questions?  Comments?  Concerns?  Class dismissed!