Bob Dole for PresidentBy Shang-Lin Chuang, David D. Hsu, and Jennifer Lane
America was built on the premise that the will of the people should govern the country. Throughout his career as senator, Bob Dole has fought to return power to the states and to the people. While the idealist believes in the smallest government, Dole is a realist who has never forgotten the people who need government assistance. Dole's drive for a smaller government, balanced by his compassionate pragmatism, make him the best candidate for president.
As a legislator, Dole is someone who can get things done. In 1983, he saved Social Security because it needed to be saved. Dole's fight for NAFTA and smart spending cuts have allowed the U.S. economy to recover and the deficit to decrease. Dole's proposed economic plan will promote the growth of the nation while allowing citizens to control their own lives.
Dole's faith in smaller government is his faith in the common man. Welfare had been greatly mismanaged by the federal government. State welfare programs, however, were succeeding. The welfare reform law, which Dole led and Bill Clinton now takes credit for, lets states rather than the federal bureaucracy manage welfare.
As a war veteran, Dole has defended those who can not fight for themselves. The wide array of pre-college education options, public and private, has remained inherently separate and unequal during the past four years. Under Dole's plan, low- and middle-income students can qualify for $2.5 billion in Opportunity Scholarships. The four million students who qualify for these scholarships can apply them to any school - public, private, or religious. Clinton's plan ignores school choice.
Dole's trouble in the polls stem more from his plain-spoken manner than anything else. While versed on the issues, Dole has never articulated his vision in a 30-second soundbite. Dole is a doer, not a talker. The same can not be said for his opponent.
Clinton's term can be characterized as a series of flip-flops, hedgings, and scandals. His promises for a middle-class tax cut, health care reform, and balancing the budget in five years were quickly broken. He finally made good on "ending welfare as we know it" by passing a GOP bill which he had vetoed twice before. Instead of passing a tax cut, Clinton passed a retroactive tax increase. Now he promises a tax cut again. The Clinton record shows a president motivated not by vision but instead by political opportunity. Without the worry of re-election, Clinton will simply flip-flop again.
The scandals in Clinton's administration are further detriments. The Whitewater case, FBI files, and travel office firings are serious issues that have already spawned a number of independent investigations. Clinton's avoidance of these issues is even more dangerous. These scandals merit some response. Yet these matters have not caught the public eye. There is no doubt that Clinton's broken campaign promises and ethics violations have only increased voter cynicism.
While Clinton seeks to redefine his record, Dole's is clear and consistent. Bob Dole should be president, and Clinton should not.