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Title Houston Voice, No. 814, May 31, 1996
Contributor
  • Bell, Deborah Moncrief
Publisher Window Media
Date May 31, 1996
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE / MAY 31. 1996 9 Poll Results Question Clinton 's Popularity President Clinton's high standing in recent polls aside, most Americanos have not succumbed to liberal ideology as some pundits would like to suggest. In a recent Gallup Poll, conducted April 25— 28. billed as a 'national referendum' poll focusing on 27 important issues, the American public overwhelming sways conservative on a majority of those issues. The poll demonstraies the public's unwavering commitmeni and unifying suppori on II major issues by a 2-1 margin. More than 80% of those polled favor a balanced budget amendment, raising the minimum wage, English as the official language and life sentences for drug dealers. Over 70% favor the death penalty for murderers, congressional term limits, voluntary school prayer, reducing government agencies, and a two- year cutoff for welfare recipients. Mandatory job training and doctor assisted suicide were favored by 69% and 68% of the public, respectively. In addition, the public appears to be in agreement on several issues that they overwhelmingly oppose such as legalizing marijuana (73%). withdrawing from the U.N. (77%), selling public lands (70%) and racial preferences in jobs and schools (83%). 67% are opposed to Gay marriages, as are President Clinton and Bob Dole. The fact is that most people in this country know that socialism doesn't work. Europe is a prime example of the ills of socialism — double digit unemployment, blocked private job creation, etc. Ronald Reagan's popularity clearly exemplified that the public does not favor class warfare or zero-sum economic pessimism. So why are the Republicans losing ground and Bob Dole's campaign Struggling to gain momentum? Several reasons. First and foremost. Bob Dole needs to realize that he will not win the White House if this election is a referendum over income inequality and redistribution or austere numerical balanced budget plans. The GOP's misaligned commitment and fixation with the balanced budget issue has caused them great consternation and provided an ideal opportunity for Clinton to look presidential and reasoned. It was a mistake. A mistake that can be rectified. Difficult.1 Yes. Impossible? No. Here's how I believe it could be accomplished: The GOP needs to aggressively bring to the forefront a host of issues that President Clinton cannot waffle on without serious risk of alienating his core constituency. In politics, the victor is usually the candidate who shapes the dialogue of the campaign. The current resident of the White House has clearly been the winner to date. If the GOP wants to gain ground, they need to reverse the tide and stake claims on substantive issues. How. Taxes. The issue of taxes is something every working American understands. They are fully aware of the impact that taxes impose upon them. It is a winning issue. Ronald Reagan and. more recently. Christine Todd Whitman are models of the benefits of this issue Whitman's 1993 gubernatorial win in New Jersey against a well-financed incumbent. Jim Florio. is considered by many to be the catalyst that resuscitated the Republican Party to victory in 1994. Whitman's entire campaign stayed focused on the taxation issue and never veered from il "You will spend your money more wisely than the government will." she repeatedly intoned during stump speeches. The GOP seems to have forgotten that President Clinton and a Democrat controlled congress enacted the largest tax increase in history during their reign. That is something that bears repeating to a point of redundancy as it is a fact that will indelibly resonate with the voters. Clinton and his colleagues had a two year opportunity to enact welfare reform and neglected to do so. Now he wants to take credit for welfare reform efforts in states like Wisconsin that were created by Republican governors. Likewise, they could have raised the minimum wage during the first half of his presidency with relative ease. Again, they neglected to do so. This type of pus- luring by Clinton is typical and m he expected. He is a much better actor than Ronald Reagan ever was and should have no problem obtaining roles in Hollywood once he leaves office. The puzzling aspect of Clinton is his endearing popularity amongst the electorate when he campaigns. Clinton, as President, never could muster approval ratings over 50% in opinion polls. In fact, he has had the lowest poll ratings of any president, consistently for most of his term, hovering around the low to mid-40 percentile range. He is an effective campaigner and seems to have an uncanny ability at manipulating his negatives into positives. In my opinion, Clinton's popularity says more about the public's acquiescence than their steadfast allegiance to his candidacy. TIil* fact ihui Clinton is campaigning on Republican themes has also been a contributing factor. The soon lo be former Senator Dole needs to buy some Energizer batteries and start campaigning with a fervor. The aforementioned poll shows that when it comes to issues, he has the upper hand. Additionally, the poll confirms that a clear majority wants government less involved with their lives—both financially and in personal matters. Dole should disavow government intrusion into peoples private lives, i.e. abortion and homosexuality issues, and focus on the economy, crime and foreign policy. If the GOP truly believes in removing the government off of the backs of the public, then they should practice that maxim on the personal front as well. Dole needs to offer clear distinctions between him and Clinton. This should not be difficult. Dole should promise the American people that he will provide them with tax relief. His recent meeting with Steve Forbes suggests he will do just that. Dole's decision to bring Jeanne Kirkpatrick aboard to head his foreign policy agenda was equally as impressive. I expect he will announce other high profile and respected individuals as ideological contributors to his campaign in their respective fields as the campaign cycle progresses. Both Kirkpatrick and Forbes would add luster to his fledgling campaign as vice presidential candidates. As would Christine Todd Whitman or Rep. John Kasich. The election is Bob Dole's to lose. To be sure, he is the underdog but Americans have always had an affinity for an underdog. Ronald Reagan was more than 30 points behind President Carter when he won the nomination and managed to win the presidency in a landslide. In politics, nothing is certain. 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