Jewish World Review Oct. 25, 2000 / 26 Tishrei, 5761
Mr. Gore: A few
AS WE APPROACH the election there are a few more
questions I wish you would answer for us, Mr. Gore.
You dispute Gov. Bush's charge that you are a
big-government guy and point to your notorious
"reinventing government" initiative as Exhibit A. Do you
really think the raw size of the government bureaucracy is
as accurate a measure of government largesse and
intrusiveness as government spending and regulations? Or
do you believe the average swing voter is too dense to
grasp the difference?
While we're on the subject of your government
reinvention, will you concede that more than 70 percent of
the government jobs you cut were defense department
positions? Does that fact undermine your claim to be a
friend of the military?
Do you truly believe that it is improper for George Bush to
have alerted the public to the disturbing problems with our
military readiness? Or do you think it's more responsible to
conceal the facts so as to reduce the likelihood that
corrective action can be taken to shore up our national
Do you agree with President Clinton's 1999 State of the
Union proposal to invest 15 percent of Social Security
funds in the stock market? Or do you believe your
campaign rhetoric that such plans as Clinton's and Gov.
Bush's are risky schemes? Do you suppose Bill Clinton
really didn't mean what he said about this either, but
thought it would make a great applause line like his
promise to make abortions safe, legal and rare?
Speaking of Social Security, do you have any plan
whatsoever to restore its long-term solvency, other than to
permanently subsidize it out of general revenue? Don't you
think it's high time that you followed George Bush's lead in
mustering the political courage to tackle this entitlement
head-on, rather than demagoging the issue by scaring the
Since world history teaches that appeasement doesn't
promote peace why have you and Bill Clinton pressured
Israel to give up so much real estate to a people committed
to its destruction?
Why won't you level with the American people about your
actual position on partial-birth abortion? Why do you
pretend to oppose it except to protect the mother's health
when you know the mother's health is rarely, if ever, an
issue with these abortions? Can you honestly tell us that
you are not in favor of this specious exception swallowing
If you are so committed to education how can you in good
conscience keep minority children trapped in inner city
schools by opposing school choice? Does your bondage to
teachers' unions compel you to prevent competition in
education with the goal of making literacy, science and
math safe, legal and rare?
If elected, which economic plan would you implement: the
extravagant one laid out in your campaign or the even
more ambitious Global Marshall Plan detailed in your scary
book? The spending in your campaign plan would bust the
budget by some $700 billion dollars, but it pales in
comparison to the spending that would be required by your
Even more importantly, no matter which irresponsible
economic plan you ultimately decide upon, how would
either scheme allow you to fulfill your promise to continue
our prosperity? Since you and Bill Clinton subscribe to the
discredited economic theory that lower deficits lead to
lower interest rates, which lead to economic growth, how
do you plan on sustaining prosperity when either of your
grandiose plans would obliterate the deficits and thus
thwart your prosperity designs?
Do you believe that a hate-crimes law would have
prevented the death of James Byrd or that more gun laws
would have prevented the Columbine murders?
Do you believe in capitalism? Or does it rank down there
with school vouchers: you'll try it only if nothing else
Would you continue to circumvent the Senate's
constitutional role of advice and consent by using obscure
and inapplicable statutes to appoint people to serve in
important government positions, such as Bill Lann Lee to
head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division?
Would you reappoint Janet Reno as attorney general or
someone else whose primary responsibility would be to
serve your political interests rather than the interests of
justice and the rule of law?
In the interests of good sportsmanship, I'm not even going
to ask you about the iced tea defense or controlling legal
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