Thank you to everyone who has submitted an “Ask Fred” question. I have very much enjoyed the exchange of ideas. Here are a few of my responses. Go here to submit your own “Ask Fred” question.
Is Obama Trying To Hide His Past?
Q (from 99568): We are all aware that if someone hides information, it MUST be something bad, or they would be eager to show it. The current president has hidden nearly everything about his past. Are we wrong to assume there is something there he does not want us to see? Do we have a fundamental right to know about his past?
A: Yes we do, but right now I’m more worried about his future.
How Is Mitt Going To Handle Medicare and Social Security?
Q (from 37138): My friend was watching channel 5 news and they said Mitt wants to change seniors Medicare, where everyone gets private insurance and then the government will give them one lump sum, or something like that. I did not see it. I think the media lies and uses scare tactics. Do you know how or if Mitt is going to handle Medicare and our Social Security?
A: Mitt proposes no change for those at or near retirement age. For younger folks they could choose regular Medicare or get a payment from the government with which to buy their own insurance. Don’t let them scare you. Mitt is trying to keep it from going bankrupt. The Democrats are only interested in getting past the next election and leaving a colossal mess for our kids.
How Will Obama’s Supreme Court Justice Appointments Affect Us?
Q (from 43334): What are your thoughts about what will happen to our great country if Obama gets back in and can appoint more inept supreme court justices?
A: It would certainly be bad news in many respects but you’ve put your finger on one of the most important—Supreme Court justices. If he is reelected then much depends upon how the senate is constituted. If the
Democrats have less that a 60 vote majority and are not able to cut off a filibuster by the Republicans, then Obama would have to moderate. Right now it’s looking like a 50-50 split.
How Much Control Will Romney Have Over The Budget If He Is Elected?
Q (from 76028): Hi Fred, I had hopes I would be able to vote for you in 2008, but alas. I do, however, enjoy your column.
If Mr. Romney is president the next four years but liberals in the senate (Rs & Ds) are able to suppress a vote on the budget, do you think it is likely the ongoing budget will be status quo, with the stimulus a repeating part of the bloated budget? If so, how much discretion does the president have to just not spend it? And on a related note, where has the stimulus money been spent in the “out” years, those years that was not actually voted on? Thanks!
A: A budget or a “continuing resolution” has to be passed every year and the president has the right to veto. They will not have the votes to override his veto and they will either have to work it out or see who blinks first. A new president Romney would have the upper hand.
What Can We Do To Give Our Military The Chance To Vote?
Q (from 75756): Fred…I’m eighty-one years old and not in good health. I’ve been a fan of yours for many years. Question, what can we/I do to help the military have a chance to vote? Anyone can plainly see Obama is doing every thing he can to see they don’t get the chance.
A: You’re absolutely right. That’s what’s going on in Ohio, for example, a crucial state. My old senate colleague, Mike DeWine, is the attorney general in Ohio now. I talked to his about this very thing and he is fighting hard for our armed forces. I think this will hurt the Democrats with all right -thinking people.
Is Canada Facing The Same Fiscal Issues We Are?
Q (from 98208) Fred, I know we need change to get back to the freedoms we have lost, but what is going on in Canada? Are they facing the same type of losses of freedom that we are facing? Is their spending out of control like ours is? Thank you!
A: No, they are in better shape than we are financially. Prime Minister
Harper is a good guy–a conservative by Canadian standards.
What Does “Politically Correct” Mean?
Q (from 06370): Do you know who coined the phrase “politically correct” and what does it constitute? People I ask have no idea at all. Thank you.
A: Good question. I don’t know how it started but I’ll give you my own definition: Saying something in a way that is designed, primarily, not to offend anyone, instead of saying it in a more direct and truthful way.
Do You Support Term Limits For Congress?
Q (from 71024): Do you think term limits on senate and congress would help matters? Get rid of those 10-20-year veterans who are there to line their pockets and get new blood in every 8 years that may actually listen to the people that got them there and help this country- WE DO NEED HELP!
A: I’ve been a term limits supporter all my professional life. I promised to limit my own terms in the senate and did so. I think careerism in politics is the source of many of our problems. People have too much at stake and will say and do anything to stay in instead of telling the truth, which often people don’t want to hear.
- Fred Thompson