10 Questions Every Liberal Should Ask Every Republican, 9th Edition

MITCH-MCCONNELLWelcome to the ninth edition of my series titled “10 Questions Every Liberal Should Ask Every Republican.” As always, the premise is straight forward and simple. Every few weeks I write this feature with 10 new questions I believe liberals should present to their conservative counterparts to have them answer.

Though sometimes the questions aren’t exactly “questions” as much as they are statements I’d like Republicans to try to explain.

But without further delay, let’s get to the questions.

1) When two-thirds of Americans decide not to vote, producing the lowest voter turnout since 1942, how exactly does that equate to this year’s elections being anything but an absolute embarrassment for democracy?

2) If the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill that the president said he would sign in June 2013, yet John Boehner flat-out refused to let the House even vote on the bill (because he knew it would pass), whose fault is it that we haven’t passed bipartisan immigration reform in this country?

3) Speaking of immigration reform, it’s been nearly a year and a half since the Senate passed that bipartisan bill by a vote of 68-32. How long does it take for John Boehner and House Republicans to do their jobs and address an issue the president and Senate both came to an agreement on well over a year ago?

4) How many thousands of Americans are you willing to sacrifice in order to defeat the terrorist group (ISIL) that’s came about as a direct result of Bush’s incompetence during the Iraq war?

5) Are you aware that the term “net neutrality” means keeping the internet exactly how it’s always been (with the same room for innovation) since the first moment you started using it? 

6) How many millions of jobs need to be created, how high must stocks soar and how far does unemployment need to fall before you’ll admit President Obama has been a success economically?

7) With some of the lowest oil prices in years, when do you think Fox News will start praising President Obama for the currently low price of gasoline, considering they always blame him when prices go up?

8) What happened to all of the Ebola fear mongering that was being pushed by Republicans and Fox News prior to the election? Oh, and who was right? The CDC, which said not to worry because an outbreak was unlikely, or the conservative media which continually tried to cast doubt on what the medical experts were saying?

9) If immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who are currently in the United States (and meet certain strict standards) is such a “radical leftist idea” – then why did “conservative legend” Ronald Reagan pass almost the exact same immigration bill in 1986 that President Obama wants Congress to pass now?

10) If John Boehner and his fellow Republicans claim that the Keystone XL pipeline needs to be approved by the president because the majority of the American people support it, then why don’t these Republicans feel the same way about immigration reform, universal background checks on gun purchases and raising the minimum wage? Three major issues that the vast majority of Americans support more than building the Keystone XL pipeline.

Alright, well that will wrap up this edition, I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to hit me up on Twitter or Facebook to leave feedback and let me know what you thought.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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