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Decision '92 : VOTING IN THE VALLEY / AN ELECTION GUIDE : CONGRESS / 24th DISTRICT : Q and A

October 25, 1992

Questions were sent to candidates in September. Answers have been edited to fit the space.

Tax Cut

Q. Do you support President Bush's proposal for an unspecified across-the-board tax cut and an increase in the personal exemption for individuals?

Beilenson: No. It was extremely irresponsible of the President to propose a general tax cut when the federal government is running budget deficits in the range of $300 billion to $400 billion.

Lindblad: No. Trickle-down economics has proven to devastate the working person for especially the last 12 years.

McClintock: Yes. Taxes are at their highest level since World War II, crippling the ability of families to make ends meet.

Gay Rights

Q. Do you support lifting the ban on gays serving in the military?

Beilenson: Yes.

Lindblad: Yes.

McClintock: No.

AIDS Research

Q. Do you support a proposal by the National Commission on AIDS to greatly increase the federal resources committed to combatting the disease?

Beilenson: Yes. We are not spending nearly enough for research on AIDS, a fatal and communicable disease--or for the other major diseases that afflict Americans.

Lindblad: Yes. The greater human cost of personal tragedies necessitates an all-out effort to cure AIDS.

McClintock: No. Federal spending now consumes a quarter of this nation's income, and many diseases are taking a far greater toll than AIDS.

Trade Agreement

Q. Despite labor and environmental opposition, would you, in principle, vote to ratify the proposed North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, which proponents say will promote economic growth, lower prices of consumer goods and help stem illegal immigration?

Beilenson: We have not yet received enough details on the proposed agreement to determine whether it provides adequate safeguards for the environment and for displaced workers. If I am satisfied that it does, I shall support the agreement.

Lindblad: No. Mexico has one-seventh the hourly rate that the U.S. pays. Workplace safety and environmental protection must be maintained.

McClintock: Yes. High tariffs, taxes and restrictions have hurt the economies of all three nations. But we must recognize that our nation cannot compete while burdened with prohibitively expensive regulations and an excessively high tax rate.

Family Leave

Q. Do you support "family leave" legislation that would require large firms to grant employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for childbirth or family emergencies?

Beilenson: Yes.

Lindblad: Yes.

McClintock: No.

Rebuilding L.A.

Q. Do you believe the $1.1 billion in federal aid provided to Los Angeles after last spring's civil unrest--much of it for summer jobs, business loans and emergency grants--was insufficient, about the right amount, or too much?

Beilenson: Although the amount of assistance provided was clearly insufficient to repair completely the devastation that occurred in Los Angeles, I believe that the compromise worked out last June and approved by both the Bush Administration and Congress was about right, given the existing budget constraints.

Lindblad: Money promised L.A. has been diverted to Hawaii and Florida. Congress and the President have ignored L.A.

McClintock: Too much. Los Angeles needs innovations like enterprise zones, where taxes and regulations are eased, to encourage genuine business development. Handouts and government programs have never produced prosperity.

Family Values

Q. Is a discussion of God, morality and family values appropriate for a political campaign?

Beilenson: Religious beliefs are not an appropriate campaign issue, but voters should examine a candidate's character, which include his or her moral beliefs and family values.

Lindblad: No. Issues like "mom and apple pie" divert attention from the real issues like jobs, housing, transportation, the environment.

McClintock: God, morality and family values are among the most deeply personal of all individual rights and should be jealously guarded against government intrusion, interference or restriction.

Tax Increase

Q. Do you support spending more on job training, improvements to the educational system and rebuilding the nation's infrastructure by raising the taxes of individuals making more than $140,000 a year and couples earning more than $200,000 a year?

Beilenson: Yes.

Lindblad: Yes.

McClintock: No.

Capital Gains

Q. Do you favor President Bush's proposal for a capital gains tax cut as an economic stimulant?

Beilenson: No. The proposal is far too broad and would increase the disparity between rich and poor.

Lindblad: No. Capital gains do not help workers meet the rent, pay for food and transportation.

McClintock: Yes. Excessive taxation has badly damaged the economy. A capital gains tax cut would spur investment and job creation.

Balanced Budget

Q. Do you support a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget to be implemented within five years?

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