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Questions for Presidential Candidates

Most of the presidential political discussion seems to be along the following lines. Who wins straw polls? Who raises the most money? Who has held more important government jobs? Maybe the voters just don't care about those factors.

Voters really want the answers to a long list of questions about issues. The sovereignty questions are the preeminent issues that presidential candidates should talk about because they concern national integrity and survival. For example, do you support barring President Clinton from sending American troops to Bosnia by cutting off all taxpayers' money? Where do you stand on the Army court-martial of a U.S. soldier for refusing to wear the United Nations uniform?

Will you stop sending American money to the UN to involve us in foreign wars, a practice dishonestly described as "peacekeeping"? Will you oppose all efforts to allow the UN to grab any kind of taxing power? Will you oppose the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (as Ronald Reagan did) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (promoted by Hillary Rodham Clinton)?

Which of the flat tax proposals do you favor? Taxes are a very personal issue with each and every American, and we want to hear candidates discuss the fundamental differences of the Forbes, Gramm, Buchanan and Kemp plans.

Will you candidly admit that NAFTA has cost tens of thousands of American jobs and take steps to remedy the manifold injuries to American workers and taxpayers? Will you get us out of the World Trade Organization? What are you going to do about the Mexican bailout? Do you pledge that you will never again allow U.S. taxpayers' money to be used to shore up foreign currency?

What is your plan to stop illegal immigration and to cut off all taxpayer benefits to the illegal aliens who are already in this country? Will you support a moratorium on legal immigration until we deal with the illegal immigration problem?

Do you support making English our official language? Will you cut off all taxpayer support of foreign language ballots and the language apartheid enforced on public schoolchildren in the name of "bilingual education"?

What is your stand on term limits, secret pay raises for Congressmen, and Congressional pensions? Will you cut off taxpayers' handout to wealthy organizations such as Planned Parenthood and AARP?

Are you going to cancel all federal regulations that impose affirmative action quotas or set-asides?

Education and crime are certainly two hot-button concerns, but they are not primarily federal issues. Most of what the Federal Government is doing in those areas does not address the real problems, and some of what the Federal Government is doing is downright detrimental. It's not the job of the President to reform public schools or see that children are taught how to read and write, but it would be helpful if presidential candidates would promise to eliminate federal control by abolishing the Department of Education and Goals 2000.

Likewise, crime control is and should be primarily a state and local matter. But it would be helpful if the Federal Government would get moving with prosecutions for the killings carried out by federal agents at Ruby Ridge and Waco.

Voters want their candidates to address the fact that so many Americans feel that government is their enemy, not their protector. They want candidates to address specifics such as the government's taking of private lands at the behest of the environmental extremists and proposals to allow Janet Reno to wiretap the phones of every American.

Many voters are likely to remain undecided as long as the candidates dodge the issues we really care about.

 
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