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Tough questions for the White House "Big Block of Cheese Day"

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 the White House will be holding a virtual "Big Block of Cheese Day" during which administration officials will answer questions from the public on various social media sites. The name isn't quite as stupid as you might first expect; per this:

In [West Wing television show], White House staffers were required on one day a year to meet with citizens and interest groups who normally might not earn attention from top administration officials. The fictional tradition was a nod to President Andrew Jackson, who in 1837 hosted an open house with a 1,400 pound block of cheese in the White House's foyer.

There are various problems with such events. First, White House staffers aren't about to answer tough questions but will have the easiest questions cherry-picked for them. Second, the tough questions will be drowned out by childish joke questions that only serve to help the administration avoid tough questions.

If those prone to flooding social media with childish joke questions can contain themselves, and many people agree to concentrate on a small set of tough questions, then and only then might the administration be forced to try to answer some of those tough questions.

That's where you come in. I need you to make the point to jokers - especially on Twitter - that joking around only helps the Obama administration. And, I need you to either come up with tough questions and tweet them, or coalesce around my pre-prepared tough questions. If you don't do that, then the Obama administration will have yet another feel-good field day and won't be held accountable.

See the questions in the Question Authority for some tough questions I'll be tweeting on that day using the #AsktheWH hashtag. A selected set of questions will be included below over time.

ADDED: I wrote a program to create and send these tweets alone and to various administration officials, around 450 tweets total. To obtain the list in a text file, contact me @24AheadDotCom_ .

ADDED: Here are a few questions, all of which fit in 140 characters or less with the #AsktheWH hashtag. More to follow:

1. DREAM Act questions

Do you agree it's mathematically impossible to give college slots to DREAMers without depriving Americans of those same slots? #AsktheWH

Do you agree it's simple math that giving college slots to DREAMers results in depriving Americans of those same slots? #AsktheWH

1 illegal alien & 1 citizen apply for 1 UMich slot. If they're equally qualified, who do you think should get in? #AskTheWH

1 illegal alien & 1 equally qualified citizen apply for 1 college slot. If illegal alien is accepted, what also happens? #AskTheWH

Other than the #DREAMAct or letting DREAMers stay in the U.S. w/o going to college, can you think up another option? #AskTheWH

2. attrition questions

If we made it difficult for illegal aliens to be hired, would many more leave on their own? #AsktheWH

Some number of illegal aliens won't take part in "reform". Will you search for and deport them or what? #AsktheWH

(Follow-up questions for the last):

If you'll find and deport potentially hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, why won't you do that now? #AsktheWH

If you're relying on them to leave on their own, why won't you do that now? #AsktheWH

3. immigration enforcement questions

What would be the approximate deportation numbers, if deportations were counted as they were in GW Bush's term? #AsktheWH

In 2006, @VP supported punishing illegal aliens' employers. How many *criminal prosecutions* have there been since 2009? #AskTheWH

4. deportations false choice questions

Are you capable of devising alternatives to mass deportations or #immigration "reform"? If so, list some alternatives. #AsktheWH

5. immigration wage floor questions

Do you agree that some who'd be covered by reform will then compete w/ Americans for jobs illegal aliens can't get now? #AsktheWH

What impact will former illegal aliens moving up in the job market have on US citizens in those jobs now? #AskTheWH

Will some admitted to immigration "reform" be able to move up in the job market & compete for jobs they can't get now? #AskTheWH

Will some legalized by immigration reform be able to compete for jobs they can't get now? #AskTheWH

Pretend you're a small town WalMart cashier. Will immigration reform create new competitors for your job, yes or no? #AskTheWH

Immigration reform will increase the # who can work at WalMart. How exactly will that help current WalMart cashiers? #AskTheWH

What impact will former illegal aliens moving up in the job market have on Americans in those jobs now? #AskTheWH

Will some of those in "reform" be able to move up in the job mkt & compete for jobs they can't get now? #AskTheWH

6. Mexican government questions

Can you list some ways the Mex. govt has attempted to influence the U.S. immigration debate? #AsktheWH

Can you list some U.S. NGOs that are linked directly or indirectly to the Mex. govt? #AsktheWH

Does mass immigration to the U.S. give Mex.'s elites a "safety valve" to avoid reforms? #AskTheWH

7. Matricula Consular questions

The Mex. govt hands out Matricula Consular ID cards to Mex. citizens in the U.S. What, in your opinion, is the reason for that? #AsktheWH

FBI & DOJ said Matricula Consular cards pose a "potential terrorist threat." What specifically *have* you done to mitigate that? #AskTheWH

FBI says Matricula Consular cards pose a "potential terrorist threat." What specifically have you done in the past about that? #AskTheWH

DOJ says Matricula Consular cards pose a "potential terrorist threat." What specifically have you done in the past about that? #AskTheWH

8. immigration banks questions

Most banks accept illegal aliens as customers (to open accounts or send money home). Do you see any danger in that, yes or no? #AskTheWH

9. Questions for Tom Vilsack specifically (see also crops rotting in the fields and immigration agriculture)

.@USDA: Name one independently verified case of "crops rotting in the fields" due to lack of labor. Note: independently verified. #AskTheWH

.@USDA: Vilsack said few Americans do farm labor because it's "hard, tough work" (5/25/11). Would he care to apologize to Americans? #AskTheWH

.@USDA: Vilsack said few Americans do farm labor because it's "hard, tough work" (2011). Explain how countries like Japan don't starve. #AskTheWH

Has there been a spike in inflation-adjusted farm labor wages that would indicate a shortage? #AskTheWH

10. system is broken questions

If politicians had *really* wanted to enforce our immigration laws, would there be so many illegal aliens in the U.S., yes or no? #AskTheWH

11. jobs Americans wont do questions

Are millions of Americans physically capable of doing of doing jobs done by illegal aliens, yes or no? #AskTheWH

Are there 100,000s of unemployed Americans who are physically capable of doing jobs that illegal aliens now do? #AskTheWH

12. US Chamber of Commerce, McDonalds, WalMart, Koch family, etc. questions

.@USChamber, WalMart, McDonalds, etc. strongly support immigration reform. Will that reform increase their wage costs, yes or no? #AskTheWH

If you were a WalMart executive and you took steps to increase their labor costs, would you be doing your job? #AskTheWH

.@VP said after immigration reform, "pay levels will go up". Is that why McDonalds supports "reform" so much? #AskTheWH

.@VP said after immigration reform, "pay levels will go up". Is that why Big Business wants it so much? #AskTheWH

Does #Microsoft have a direct financial stake in "reform"? #AskTheWH

#McDonalds strongly supports "reform". Are they in the habit of doing things that raise their labor costs? #AskTheWH

Why do #WalMart & #McDonalds support "reform" so much? What do they hope to gain? #AskTheWH

Why does USChamber support "reform" so much? What do their mbrs hope to gain for themselves? #AskTheWH

Can you name a major business that opposes immigration reform? #AskTheWH

Do you and the Koch brothers generally agree on the need for increased immigration? #AskTheWH

13. guest workers questions

Assume, arguendo, that reform includes long-term "guest". What happens when "guests" have kids here? #AskTheWH

Assume, arguendo, that reform includes long-term "guests". Will you send home termed-out "guests" who've had kids here? #AskTheWH

Assume, arguendo, that reform includes long-term "guests". Will you deport termed-out "guests" who've had kids here? #AskTheWH

14. separating families questions

Would families be separated if parents hadn't decided to put their kids in a precarious situation? Only answer that question. #AskTheWH

15. "Is it amnesty?" questions (see immigration terminology and reform not amnesty)

Does any immigration bill that you know of punish businesses that had knowingly employed illegal aliens? #AskTheWH

Isn't immigration reform "amnesty" in the sense that businesses that had knowingly employed illegal aliens won't be fined? #AskTheWH

Picture your dream immigration reform bill. Under that, what happens to businesses that had knowingly employed illegal aliens? #AskTheWH

Immigration "reform" includes penalties for illegal aliens. What penalties are there for their crooked employers? #AskTheWH

Won't "reform" be a huge amnesty for crooked companies that have hired illegal aliens under the table? #AskTheWH

16. Post-comprehensive immigration reform questions

If immigration reform passes with more enforcement, will you then urge ACLU/SPLC/NCLR/etc. to fully support it? #AskTheWH

If immigration reform passes with more enforcement, what guarantee is there ACLU/SPLC/NCLR/etc. won't try to weaken it? #AskTheWH

ACLU sued Rhode Island over eVerify. Will they sue over eVerify in "reform", or can't you say? #AskTheWH

17. false compassion questions

If those who've died crossing the border had known they couldn't get a job here, would fewer of them have tried to cross? #AskTheWH

18. skilled immigration questions

When educated professionals move from Africa to the U.S., does that increase regional instability? #AskTheWH

What impact has braindrain had on #Haiti, and what impact has that in turn had on the U.S.? #AskTheWH

Name some long-term, negative impacts *on the U.S.* from depriving developing countries of their smart, active people. #AskTheWH

If a doctor from Zambia emigrates to the U.S., does that, generally speaking, help or hurt his country? #AskTheWH

3500 to 6000 Mexican students excel at math. If 100 move here, how does that impact Mexico? #AskTheWH

Don't Mali and other developing countries need all the doctors they can hold on to? #AskTheWH

Has there been a spike in inflation-adjusted STEM wages that would indicate a shortage? #AskTheWH

Trumka: "wages are not going up, which indicates there is no shortage". Is he right or wrong? #AskTheWH

What would be the impact on the U.S. if large numbers of our top scientists emigrated to other countries? #AskTheWH

19. immigration terrorism questions

Have hundreds of Somalis with possible links to terrorism been smuggled into the U.S. illegally? #AskTheWH

Are there individuals in the United States who ascribe to al-Qaeda-type beliefs due to lax border/visa controls? #AskTheWH

Has DHS ever caught, released, and then not been able to find illegal aliens from terror-supporting states? #AskTheWH

Do you agree that terrorists cross the border "from time to time"? #AskTheWH

Are there known cases of Hezbollah sympathizers crossing the border illegally? #AskTheWH

At current rate, about how long would it take to do FBI quality background checks on 10 million ppl? #AskTheWH

If 1/4 of American CalTech grads emigrated to China, would that harm the U.S.? #AskTheWH

20. remittances questions

Remittances to Honduras are 25% of their GDP. Is that a good thing? #AskTheWH

List some downsides of remittances. #AskTheWH

Fmr Amb. Garza: "Reliance on remittances from the U.S. is not a viable economic policy". Is he right or wrong? #AskTheWH

Do remittances create an unnatural dependence between countries? #AskTheWH

Do remittances encourage the Fed and its members to profit from illegal activity? #AskTheWH

Do remittances help prop up corrupt foreign governments? #AskTheWH

CBO '05: remittances to Haiti were 100 times larger than Foreign Direct Investment. Is that good? #AskTheWH

21. "immigration reform as anti-poverty" questions

Over 5 billion people are poorer than Mexicans. If immigration reform = anti-poverty, how are they helped? #AskTheWH

Approximately how many people around the world are poorer than the average Mexican? #AskTheWH

22. Congressional Budget Office questions

CBO said rise of wages due to Senate immigration bill "would not occur for a dozen years". Did you ever point that out? #AskTheWH

23. politics questions

Citizenship for illegal aliens will give them political power. Who will lose political power at the same time? #AskTheWH

24. immigration banks questions

Many banks seek out illegal aliens as customers. Are they profiting from illegal activity, yes or no? #AskTheWH

When a bank that has illegal aliens as customers donates to an illegal immigration-enabling politician, what do you call that? #AskTheWH

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