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The MoJo Wire invites you to jump on the Soapbox one last time and express your opinions during this campaign season. This week, imagine that you’ve just been elected president after a long and arduous campaign. What will your first moves be? Be sure to check out the <a href="/news/feature/1996/10/poll_archive.html">results</a> from our previous polls.

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1. Pick your cabinet:

a. Defense Secretary:
b. Education Secretary:
c. Press Secretary:
d. Drug Czar:
e. FBI Director:

2. You’ve got this BIG budget deficit, and (silly) you promised a middle-class tax cut during your campaign. What program will you cut first (or “decrease growth”) in order to get the budget balanced?

Medicare/Medicaid

Social Security

Defense

Education

Environment

3. You get a lot of squeaking from lobbyists from Investment firms that Social Security should be “privatized.” What do you do?

Work for the privatization of SS

Work against the privatization of SS

4. Okay, so you served one term and were, uh, unelected. Now you’re faced with planning for your retirement. Social Security has been privatized, so you get the cash in hand every month. How will you spend it?

Invest for retirement (401(k) plans, IRAs)

Put it in your piggy bank

Pay off old debts

Buy groceries

Buy a car

Give it to your favorite charity

Buy stock in an investment firm

5. Bob Dole’s chances for election are starting to dwindle down to nothing. Give Bob some quick advice about how he should spend the next four years:

6. If the elections were held today, and all these candidates had an equal chance of winning, who would you vote for?

Bob Dole (Republican)

Bill Clinton (Democrat)

Ross Perot (Reform Party)

Ralph Nader (Green Party)

Harry Browne (Libertarian)

Howard Phillips (U.S. Taxpayers Party)

Lyndon LaRouche (Democrat)

John Hagelin (Natural Law Party)

7. If the elections were held today, and you were restricted to just these two candidates, which one would you vote for?

Bob Dole

Bill Clinton
 

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