Jan. 10, 2001
Since Bill Clinton stuck his finger in the eye of all who care
about American sovereignty and constitutional rights by signing the
International Criminal Court Treaty (ICC) on New Year's Eve, Congress
should immediately pass Senator Jesse Helms's American Servicemembers'
Protection Act. This will authorize the President to take any means
necessary to protect U.S. service members from being subjected to any
jurisdiction claimed by the ICC.
Congress should fulfill the Republican Platform's promise to stop
using the military as "the object of social experiments." Congress
should "affirm that homosexuality is incompatible with military
service," forbid putting women on submarines, and fulfill the
Platform's promise to implement "recommendations of the Kassebaum
Commission, which unanimously recommended that co-ed basic training be
Congress should forbid U.S. representatives to future Kyoto
Protocol negotiations to agree to any system of U.S. purchase of
"pollution permits" from foreign countries, which would be just a
convoluted way of redistributing U.S. wealth to foreign countries.
Congress should also prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from
trying to implement this unratified, discriminatory treaty.
Congress should pass a resolution putting other countries on
notice that, if the United Nations attempts to grab any of the powers
spelled out at its Millennium Summit last September, the United States
will cut off all future payments to the UN. Unacceptable proposals
considered by the UN include imposing a global tax on foreign currency
transactions and foreign travel, creating a UN standing army (as
recently endorsed by George McGovern), and eliminating the U.S. veto or
permanent membership in the UN.
Congress should legislate better financial privacy by prohibiting
any Know Your Customer regulations to spy on our bank accounts, and
legislate adequate medical privacy, including genetic, by repealing
authorization for the government to assign a unique health-care
identifier to every citizen. Congress should stop Clinton-style
expansion and networking of government databases of information on law-
abiding citizens, and should defeat all bills to give government
protection to private databases.
Congress should give us the Medical Savings Accounts that
virtually all Republican congressional candidates promised when they
won Congress in 1994, and as promised again in the 2000 Republican
Platform: "MSAs should be a permanent part of tax law, offered to all
workers without restrictions." The current MSA plan was obviously
designed to fail, probably by the HMO lobbyists who fear the
competition of MSAs.
Congress should strengthen conflict of interest rules for the
Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration on
approving vaccines. We need more Congressional hearings to expose
conflicts of interest by those who make such important decisions.
Congress should carry out the promise of the Republican Platform
to "replace `family planning' programs for teens with increased funding
for abstinence education." We want to encourage the trend just
reported by the Alan Guttmacher Institute that the percentage of
secondary school teachers who present abstinence as the way to avoid
pregnancy has risen from 2 to 23 percent.
Congress should pass the Department of Education Fraud Audit bill
sponsored by Rep. Pete Hockstra (R-MI). Congress should move promptly
to carry out the Republican Platform promise that "the role of the
federal government must be progressively limited as we return control
to parents, teachers, and local school boards" by defunding Clinton's
two controversial and unpopular 1994 laws, Goals 2000 and School-to-
Congress should drastically revise and amend the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act, whose re-authorization fortunately failed to
pass last year. Re-authorization should be improved by eliminating all
funding for the failed and unpopular Bilingual Education (which the
voters rejected in California and Arizona), thus making funds available
for more constructive purposes, and by initiating a full investigation
of fraud in the Drug Free Schools and Community Act funds.
Of course, we want a tax cut for all taxpayers, not just targeted
cuts that require us to spend our money the way the government wants us
to spend it; and the sooner the better. We also want Congress to
fulfill the Republican Platform promise to pass "legislation requiring
a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes."
Congress should pass a resolution urging President George W. Bush
to rescind Clinton's Executive Orders that have no justification in
law. Some of the most outrageous include 13166 purporting to make NOT
speaking English a new civil right, 13087 requiring federal agencies to
grant affirmative action status on the basis of sexual orientation,
13107 implementing UN treaties even if unratified, 13061 putting ten
new rivers every year under federal control, and PDD 25 giving the
President authority "to place U.S. forces under the operational control
of a foreign commander."
Finally, Congress should fulfill the Republican Platform's promise
to reopen Pennsylvania Avenue, which was closed by the paranoid
Clintons. Let's terminate this annoyance and inconvenience to all
visitors and residents of our nation's capital.