NEW YORK (MainStreet) — President Obama will take part in a virtual town hall event with voters on Google+ this afternoon to discuss his State of the Union address and pressing issues facing the country. The Q&A session is similar to others he participated in last year with social networks like Twitter and LinkedIn, and will feature questions submitted by Google+ users.
In total, 133,215 questions were submitted online spanning every issue imaginable from education reform to the future of the controversial Stop Online Privacy Act. (As with previous online forums, there was also a huge number of questions relating to drug policy and the legalization of marijuana in particular.) Needless to say, only a few of these questions will be chosen.
MainStreet looked through many of the questions submitted so far and pulled out the seven we really hope the president answers. If there’s any questions you’d like to add to this list, let us know in the comments section below. You can watch the Q&A session online at WhiteHouse.gov, YouTube.com/WhiteHouse or on the White House Google+ page starting at 5:30 p.m. EST.
“At a time when Americans can't afford daily necessities, you continue to push for higher education for ALL Americans. How do you plan to help students pay off student loans?” - From liiv60, Silicon Valley, Calif. (As seen in the video above)
“How will you amend the corrupt campaign contribution system in our gov election process. The latest ruling by the SC that defines corporations as people is absurd. How do you plan to get money and big business out of our political system?” – From minniehawthorne, Oregon
“In your SOTU message, you stated that the AG will be investigating the causes of the mortgage crisis. How deep will the probe go, and will there be indictments and trials regardless of how notable and wealthy the wrongdoers happen to be?” – From vollady65, Tennessee
“What are you going to do to ensure that people who have put money into Social Security will receive money by the time they retire?” – From ademilker
“The phrase ‘Too big to fail’ has become synonymous with the 2007-08 financial crisis. If anything, banks and financial institutions have become even larger since then. When will the banking system actually be held accountable?” – From neilthemedflyspecial, Seattle
“Chairman Bernanke has been lending trillions of dollars to commercial banks through the Federal Reserve's discount window. Do you believe that the Fed should continue to be allowed to do this without congressional authorization?” – From jayman1466, Hatfield, Pa.
“Why did you sign the National Defense Authorization Act (a law which opened the door for trial-free, indefinite detention of anyone, including US citizens, so long as the government calls them terrorists) when you said you were going to veto it?” – From obsidianwizroh
Seth Fiegerman is a staff reporter for MainStreet. You can reach him by email at Seth.Fiegerman@thestreet.com, or follow him on Twitter @sfiegerman.