July 7, 1999
The disconnect between the Republican establishment and its
grassroots constituency is manifest in the latest fundraising survey
from the Republican National Committee (RNC). In the customary
hyperbolic rhetoric of mail-order fundraisers, calling it "an urgent
message to all Republicans," this mailing is labelled "the single most
important public opinion polling project issued by the Republican party
In addition to asking for contributions to "support this important
polling project," the survey asks for responses to nine questions in
bold type and another 14 questions in small type. But they are mostly
not the questions that voters want to be asked about.
Taxes do rank first on the RNC's list. So far so good. But the
question reveals the timidity about this vital issue: "Do you agree
that the 106th Congress should take steps to start reducing spending
and taxes rather than continuing to increase them?"
I thought it was the 104th Congress, elected in 1994, that was
supposed to "start" to reduce spending and taxes. By the time we
elected a Republican Congress for the third time, we should have
already had an across-the-board tax cut, or a repeal of the Bush or
Clinton tax increases, plus the elimination of some mischievous federal
spending such as the National Endowment for the Arts.
Then the survey asks, "What do you think we should do with the
surplus?" The options given are: "Let the politicians keep the
surplus," "Return the surplus to the taxpayers," and "Undecided."
The problem with that question is that the Congress already spent
our Social Security surplus on Clinton's war in Yugoslavia. Nobody
asked us whether or not we approved of that.
The 23-question RNC survey fails to include a single question on
foreign policy! The survey contains no question on the Yugoslav war
(either bombing or ground troops), Clinton's phony "peacekeeping"
expeditions, our trade policies, China scandals or U.S. relations with
China, or taxpayer handouts to corrupt foreign dictators, the
International Monetary Fund, or the United Nations.
It's obvious that the Republican National Committee is trying to
remove from national debate all issues of foreign policy, foreign wars,
foreign trade, and foreign handouts. Despite our two-party system,
there is a curious unwillingness to confront Clinton on these major
national issues that affect the lives of our servicemen, our tax
burden, our jobs, and the future of American sovereignty.
Why didn't the RNC survey ask: "Since Clinton has bombed six
sovereign countries in the last year (Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan,
Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Albania), do you favor cutting off taxpayer
funds to preempt future follies?"
Actually, Republican Members of Congress, by large majorities,
went on record against Clinton's war: 93% voted to require
Congressional approval before ground troops were sent in, 86% voted
against the bombing, 80% voted against sending peacekeeping troops, 58%
voted to withdraw U.S. forces after the bombing started, and 64% voted
to forbid the use of defense appropriations for Yugoslavia without
specific Congressional approval. It's just the RNC and Republicans who
have easy access to the media who refuse to challenge Clinton on these
The RNC survey doesn't include any question about what Congress
should do to repair the damage to our national security revealed by the
Cox or Rudman reports, Chinese espionage, technology transfers to China
by the largest contributors to the Democratic Party, or Chinese
political donations. The survey doesn't ask whether Congress should
approve Most Favored Nation or World Trade Organization status for
Here's another question that ought to be asked. "Should Congress
reopen its investigation into Chinagate and call as witnesses the non-governmental investigators who uncovered so many scandals, including
Jeff Gerth of the New York Times, Bill Gertz who wrote "Betrayal," and
Ed Timperlake and William Triplett who wrote "Year of the Rat"?
Optional answers could be: "Yes, we want to know who betrayed American
security," or "No, we're afraid to pursue this because some Republican
candidates and donors might be involved."
The survey contains no question about the tremendous issue of
health care. We'd like to tell our Congressmen that workers want them
to end the current discrimination against individuals who want to buy
and control their own health insurance, instead of having tax
deductibility for health insurance locked into their boss's plan.
So many issues that voters care about are completely omitted from
this "most important" opinion survey: what Congress can or will do
about gun ownership, immigration, affirmative action, or curbing
activist federal judges. No question is asked about the many attempts
by the Clinton Administration to monitor the daily activities of law-abiding Americans by entering on federal databases our banking records,
our medical records, our immunization records, our cell phone usage,
and our transfers to a new job.
The survey's questions about Social Security, Medicare, crime,
abortion, drugs, and education don't offer any solutions or plans from
which we can choose. This survey simply confirms why Bill Clinton is
still dominating the legislative agenda with his phony talk of gun
control as his "solution" for Littleton, and paying for prescription
drugs as his "solution" for health care.