March 8, 2000
We're coming down the stretch of Primary Season 2000. It looks
like the cash winners are the pollsters who are hired to produce new
rankings every day, and the losers are the many pundits whose
predictions about winners and turnout have proved so wrong.
We have heard a lot of discussion about tax cuts, how to save
Social Security, and health care, issues that the voters clearly care
about. But the back-and-forth colloquies on these prime issues leave
the voters still wondering what are the differences among the
candidates. Who has the best plan?
Here are some issues on which Americans would like to see the
differences between the candidates defined.
Do you approve of Clinton's 78 days of bombing Yugoslavia? Are
you in favor of or opposed to letting Clinton get by with initiating a
war without Congress's approval and in violation of the War Powers Act?
How do you propose to deal with Clinton's two disastrous foreign
policy failures, Kosovo and Bosnia? Clinton has been calling up U.S.
reserves to try to keep the peace and impose a multiethnic regime
against the wishes of the locals, but the Europeans (who are reducing
their troop commitment) are demanding that we send in more troops to
quell the continuing violence.
Are you going to close your eyes to Communist China's sabre
rattling about Taiwan and nevertheless support China's admission to the
World Trade Organization (WTO)? Is there no price for China's
admission to the WTO?
In the presidential debates, Alan Keyes repeatedly raised the
issues of the World Trade Organization and Most Favored Nation status
for Communist China, and George Bush and John McCain responded with
stony silence. Why can't we get a direct answer from all the
The House Republican leaders recently announced that their top
priorities for this year are a free trade deal for sub-Saharan Africa
and the Caribbean, to "soundly defeat" any legislation to withdraw U.S.
support from the WTO, and permanent Most Favored Nation status for
Communist China. What's the position of all the presidential
candidates on these Congressional priorities?
How do you propose to address the fact that Communist China is
pocketing at least $5 billion a month (by selling us $6 billion of
their goods and buying only $1 billion in U.S. goods), and using this
unprecedented profit to build up its military-industrial complex? Are
you going to let trade trump national security?
The present system called "free trade" allows Communist China
virtually unrestricted access to our markets, a windfall that makes
U.S. importers very rich, while U.S. exporters such as farmers and
manufacturers are being royally shafted because China won't open its
markets to U.S. goods. Mr. Candidate, whose side are you on?
Are you in favor of continued U.S. membership in the World Trade
Organization after that bunch of foreign bureaucrats impudently ordered
the United States to change our tax laws? Where do you stand on the
issue of whether the United States has the sovereign power to determine
our own tax laws, or have we ceded that right to a foreign
What are you going to do, specifically, to remedy Americans'
unnecessary vulnerability to a nuclear missile attack? We're tired of
words and promises; we want presidential candidates to address this
issue directly and forcefully with a specific plan to defend America
and to repudiate Clinton's refusal to deploy SDI.
When are you going to eliminate the gross discrimination in the
tax law which allows corporations, but not individuals, to deduct
expenses for medical insurance? We want to hear candidates address
this persistent inequity (a major reason why 40 million Americans lack
health insurance) instead of picking around the edges with new federal
regulations mischievously called a "patients' bill of rights."
What are you going to do to get the Federal Government out of the
public school classroom through Goals 2000, School-to-Work, national
standards, national testing, and other federal regulations? The
American people know that education is our number-one challenge, but
why don't you level with them and truthfully say that federal money is
not the solution?
How are you going to restore morale and military readiness in the
U.S. Armed Forces? Are you man enough to deal with the demands of the
Clintonian feminists who seek a gender-neutral military, the
elimination of all macho instincts, and evasion of the law barring
Will you stop sending U.S. troops to play global cops and global
social workers in phony peacekeeping expeditions all over the world?
Will you order an end to the mandatory, universal anthrax vaccination
that is causing so much turmoil in the military?
Let's hear the answers to questions that are meaningful to the
American people and to the survival of our country.