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Decision '92 : VOTING IN THE VALLEY / AN ELECTION GUIDE : CONGRESS / 29th 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?

Davies: No. Any tax cut proposed by Bush will benefit the wealthy and not middle-income and poor people.

Davis: No. As did Mrs. Thatcher, we should pay our debt in advance of lowering taxes.

Robbins: I support an increase in the personal exemption and do believe that a tax cut to stimulate long-term growth, savings and investment is needed.

Rogin: Yes. A drastic cut in taxation coupled with a massive cut in government spending, bureaucracy and regulations is needed.

Waxman: No. Given the size of the deficit, the deep recession and severe domestic needs, a tax cut would be utterly irresponsible.

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?

Davies: Yes. We need a cure for AIDS now!

Davis: Yes. I propose the establishment of a West Hollywood AIDS Research Facility for coordinated research and testing on human volunteer subjects.

Robbins: Yes, absolutely. The federal government must fully fund AIDS research programs at the National Institutes of Health, which would come to $1.2 billion in the current fiscal year.

Rogin: No. This is not the purpose of federal government. The public should not have to pay for other people's lifestyle choices.

Waxman: Yes. As chairman of the House Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, I have battled ceaselessly since 1981 for greater funding for both AIDS research, treatment and education.

Family Values

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

Davies: No.

Davis: No. Discussion of religion flies in the face of the First Amendment. Morality and family values are excessively broad and subject to repressive misinterpretations.

Robbins: Yes. It is the nature of representative democracy to discuss the public's concern over issues. I strongly disagree with the Republican Party platform adopted in Houston and the party's narrow and offensive focus on its definition of family values, which, unfortunately, excludes many honest, loving and hard-working Americans.

Rogin: Yes. Character is the most important issue in a representative form of government.

Waxman: Yes. These are appropriate topics as long as they are raised with due respect for the fact that ours is a pluralistic society. It is wrong to set one group against another by making invidious distinctions between various faiths or (real or imagined) lifestyle differences.

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?

Davies: Yes.

Davis: Yes.

Robbins: No.

Rogin: No.

Waxman: Yes.

Capital Gains

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

Davies: No.

Davis: No.

Robbins: Yes.

Rogin: Yes.

Waxman: Absolutely not.

Defense Reductions

Q. With the end of the Cold War, do you favor deep reductions in the $290 - billion annual defense budget? If so, how much could it be safely reduced in one year? Five years?

Davies: Yes. We should cut the military budget in half.

Davis: Yes. I would seek to cut expenditures by perhaps 20% the first year, but would reapply our military forces toward civil engineering and the defense of our borders against illegal immigration.

Robbins: No. Just because the Soviet Union is no longer a major threat to our security does not mean that other equally serious threats do not exist.

Rogin: No. Defense spending is one of the few legitimate functions of federal government.

Waxman: Yes. It would be irresponsible to estimate specific amounts for specific periods of time. The political situation in Eastern Europe is far from clear. We have an ongoing obligation to advance human rights, to protect small countries and to facilitate the development of Third World economies.

Medicare Benefits

Q. Should the government reduce Medicare benefits for the wealthy or ask wealthy beneficiaries to pay more premiums to help alleviate the federal budget deficit?

Davies: Yes. Both.

Davis: Yes.

Robbins: Yes.

Rogin: No.

Waxman: No.

Welfare Benefits

Q. Do you support reducing welfare benefits of parents who do not go to school, attend training or find a job; do not make sure that their children attend school or get basic medical care, or who continue to have more children while on welfare?

Davies: No. None of the conditions should be imposed. Benefits need to be increased.

Davis: Yes. I only support a restructuring that would discourage the bearing of more children. I do not favor training for jobs that do not exist.

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