Q: Do you support significantly increased funding for the following programs, all of which are costly and controversial and employ significant numbers of workers who live in yours and surrounding districts? a) The B-2 "Stealth" bomber, b) The Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars"), c) The Space Station. Gaulke: B-2 Bomber, no. Star Wars, yes. Space station, yes.
Waxman: B-2 Bomber, no. Star Wars, no. Space station, yes.
Q: Do you support requiring businesses either to provide health insurance to employees or contribute to a fund to provide health care for the uninsured?
Gaulke: No. I favor a health-care system that is free to all Americans, regardless of their ability to pay and an economy that provides the tax base to do just that.
Q: \o7 Do you support a national health-care system in which the government establishes fees, pays all the bills and collects taxes to cover the cost? \f7
Gaulke: No. Build new hospitals to solve the health-care crisis.
Q: \o7 If Saddam Hussein continues to refuse to obey United Nations orders to dismantle Iraq's arms-making nuclear capability, should the United States urge the United Nations to take military action with U. S. participation? \f7
Gaulke: No. The United States and Britain set up Iraq and then bombed the Iraqis back to the Stone Age. It was nothing but a criminal policy then and it is more of one now. It is a Bush reelection stunt, among other things. Look for Bush to bomb someone before the election.
Waxman: Yes. As long as Saddam Hussein has enormous military power--nuclear or non-nuclear--other countries in the region are at risk. It was my understanding that the purpose of the Persian Gulf War was to eliminate Hussein as a menace. We ought not settle with having just trimmed his wings a bit.
Q: \o7 Would you have unconditionally supported Israel's request for $10 billion in loan guarantees to help resettle refugees from the former Soviet Union? \f7
U. S. Citizenship
Q: \o7 Do you support a proposed constitutional amendment that would deny U. S. citizenship to U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants? \f7
Gaulke: No. That reminds me of racism, and I don't like racism.
Q:\o7 Should the United States make it harder for Japan to import goods into this country if Japan does not open more of its markets to American goods? \f7
Gaulke: No. The whole matter of Japan and unfair trading is a fraud, an election ploy by Bush and he knows it. If we are ever going to attempt to get out of this depression, Japan is going to have to help us and this crazy trade war garbage is insane.
Waxman: I am in favor of worldwide free trade. In the long run, free trade benefits all parties. It contributes to economic development and leads to a substructure of cultural and political bonds. Of course, the ruling principle of trade should be reciprocity.
Q: \o7 Should the United States move more rapidly to limit industrial emissions that may be depleting the ozone layer and contributing to global warming even though such steps may hurt some businesses and eliminate some jobs? \f7
Gaulke: No. The ozone hole was discovered in 1956 and is not a problem, and global warming is a hoax.
Waxman: Absolutely. As chairman of the House subcommittee on health and the environment, I have reviewed virtually every claim that environmental protection exacts a price in jobs or economic growth. The claims are false. Environmental protection is fully compatible with robust economic growth and full employment.
Q: \o7 Barring a national emergency, would you ever support opening up more of the California coastline to oil exploration? If so, under what circumstances? \f7
Gaulke: Yes. Why not? Until we move to a nuclear fission- and fusion-based grid in the U. S., I am in favor of oil development. Why do we need a national emergency to open the coastline for oil development?
Q:\o7 Do you support increasing the amount appropriated by Congress to buy public parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains, which is $14 million this year? \f7
Waxman: Yes. The Santa Monica Mountains are one of the only major wilderness areas accessible to millions of Californians--and others--who live in congested cities and suburbs. Our wilderness areas are a national legacy that we must preserve for future generations. Once parklands are developed, they can never be returned to their pristine state. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy should be expanded while property is still available.
Q: \o7 Do you support reducing the amount of contributions that can be made by special-interest groups to congressional campaigns? If so, to what level? \f7
Gaulke: It depends on what group is giving to what candidate and whether it is clean or dirty money--illegal money.