Buckeye Back Road Tour cont.: I gave a talk to a Political Analysis Class at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, today. I turned it into a “town hall” style meeting and asked the students what some of the first things they’d do as president were… One student said she would push for an income ceiling for people collecting Social Security in retirement. For instance if you were making, say, $70,000 (arbitrary figure) for the year on pensions, stocks, etc., you wouldn’t be eligible to draw Social Security that year. Our platform calls for something similiar. For our position paper on Social Security, I interviewed former North Carolina State University instructor David Kalbacker. He said he “gladly pays” health insurance, car insurance, home insurance… Why not look at paying into Social Security as an insurance as well? That is, if you need it (like with these other insurances), then you draw on it. This would, indeed, help keep the fund bouyant and available to those who need it — for generations to come… Another student said today that as president he’d like to change the perception of the “War on Terror.” He said it shouldn’t be about nation against nation, religion against religion… but rather it should be about narrowing the focus to people who, well, commit terrorism… Yet another student said he’d raise gasoline taxes because oil is a finite resource that we are running out of. I said besides raising the gasoline tax, I would push for steep tolls on the Federal Highway System to discourage driving as much as possible — in the face of the alarming acceleration of global warming. “To just phase this conservation stuff in in a slow, incremental fashion, is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic at this point,” I said.