10 Questions For Hillary Clinton

In the past few weeks, it has been impossible to turn on the television without seeing Hillary Clinton in situations where she is supposedly being interviewed. I used the word “supposedly” because these interviews have a tiresome air of predictability – the questions being asked are stale and often silly, and her answers offer no meaningful insight into how she views the world around her.

Now, I can’t imagine that Clinton’s handlers would allow me within a mile of her. But if they did and I had a chance to pose some questions, this is what I would love to ask her.

1. Under your husband’s presidency, the Glass-Steagall Act was repealed. During the past year, a growing number of high-profile individuals – most notably Sen. Elizabeth Warren – have called for the reinstatement of this legislation. As president, would you bring back the Glass-Steagall Act, or would you follow your husband’s lead on the issue?

2. Also during your husband’s presidency, efforts to increase homeownership rates – particularly among minorities – was aggressively encouraged by weakening underwriting standards. Without making that same mistake again, how would you encourage the responsible expansion of minority homeownership?

3. In the aftermath of the 2008 crash, the Obama Administration has failed to bring forth a single indictment of any Wall Street executive involved in this economic catastrophe. As president, would you continue the Obama policy of aiming for settlements with major financial institutions while declining to press charges against the executives responsible for these institutions’ actions?

4. At no point during the Obama Administration has the White House taken the leadership position on ending the federal conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. As president, how would you bring about the federal conservatorship of these entities – or would you point to their profit-making abilities as the reason to keep them in indefinite conservatorship?

5. Also on the subject of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: the chief executives of both government-sponsored enterprises earn higher annual salaries than the president. Do you believe that the Fannie Mac and Freddie Mac leaders deserve to have higher salaries than the nation’s chief executive?

6. At no point during the Obama Administration has the White House called for the expansion of the Fair Housing Act to protect LGBT Americans from housing discrimination. As president, would you actively work with Congress to bring about this legislative protection?

7. During the past few years, a number of municipalities have flirted with the idea of using eminent domain laws to seize and repackage the mortgages of distressed homeowners. Are you supportive of this strategy – and, if so, would you actively encourage municipalities to pursue this as a means of strengthening their local housing markets?

8. In recent weeks, employees of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have brought forth charges of racism within the agency’s personnel policies. To date, no Democratic leader has publicly expressed outrage over the nature of the charges. As the de facto frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic Party nomination for president, are you willing to publicly comment on the charges raised against the CFPB by its employees?

9. And one more CFPB-related question: CFPB Director Richard Cordray earns a higher salary than Vice President Joe Biden and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Do you believe it is fair for the CFPB director to have a salary higher than the nation’s second-highest leader and the head of the Judicial Branch?

10. At no time during your recent public appearances have you made any comments on housing. What are your thoughts on the state of the nation’s housing policy, and what level priority will your presidency devote to housing-related issues?

Yeah, they are not the sexiest or funniest questions – but if Hillary Clinton is going to get my vote, I would like to know where she stands on these issues. If she wants to answer me, she can drop me a line courtesy of this website. But if she doesn’t want to speak to me – well, it won’t be the first time that I’ve been ignored!

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