Not a lot of time, so just two today.
9. Should we end (or reduce the use of) the death penalty?
From what I've read, the death penalty isn't a deterrent. And it just doesn't seem like our government should be killing people. And then there's the racial inequality involved. And if they are wrong, you can't go back. So I guess if it were totally and completely up to me, with no other ramifications, I guess I would end it. Maybe. I wouldn't vote for a candidate based on this opinion. I'm not going to miss anyone who receives the death penalty.
10. Should there be a higher minimum wage?
No. Minimum wage is a short term solution to a long term problem. Raising minimum wage raises the price of everything else, making people working for minimum wage again receiving a lower wage than necessary. Seems like a bad cycle. And working in education, I have to emphasize the point that the people who need minimum wage beyond their teen years are the ones who don't have an education. Don't plan to live off of a minimum wage job and you shouldn't need to.
To be continued...