Bush offers best opportunity for America's future
"My agenda opens wide the doors of opportunity for every man and woman a chance to succeed; for every child a chance to learn; to every family a chance to live with dignity and hope. I hope you will join me in this great cause."
Governor George W. Bush will use his ability and implement his effective plan of action to lead the United States through the beginning of the 21st Century.
Governor Bush will help the next generation prosper by beginning with educating children. He has outlined a plan to restructure America's school system to more effectively and adequately educate children and prepare them for adulthood. While Vice President Al Gore would like to abandon accountability in local school districts and enact voluntary testing, Governor Bush will place greater accountability upon the local school districts and implement mandatory testing to make sure children are succeeding in school. Failing schools will be shut down and the funds will be put toward paying for vocational schooling or entering other schools.
However, the most important goal of Governor Bush's education plan will be to ensure a higher level of literacy at earlier ages. Not only will Governor Bush aid the children but also their parents and the society at large. Twenty-five percent of the national budget surplus will be returned to all citizens in the form of tax cuts, whereas Vice President Gore would provide tax breaks to less than half of the nation. The remainder of the surplus will be put toward saving Social Security for future generations and paying down the national debt, as well as other national expenses.
While Vice President Gore would neglect Social Security, Governor Bush will renew and strengthen the program by providing new terms and options, such as investing a portion of a person's payroll tax into personal savings accounts for increased profit.
Additionally, health care reform will take place through modernizing Medicare, establishing wider coverage under health plans and providing greater prescription drug benefits. Vice President Gore would leave important health decisions in the hands over powerful, bureaucratic HMOs.
Governor Bush recognizes the importance of families and community in the structure of American society and will work to preserve their importance. He will empower parents to protect children from harmful material on the Internet, television or radio, as opposed to Vice President Gore's desire to limit free speech and expression.
Additionally, Governor Bush will remove the excessive taxes placed on couples simply for being married, whereas Vice President Gore would not provide such protection for hard-working American families. Recognizing that domestic affairs are of utmost importance to Americans, Governor Bush's focus will be on local national concerns. However, he does recognize the pressing importance of foreign affairs and has prepared for significant change of a struggling system. Governor Bush will strengthen the military and renew their morale.
While Vice President Gore in the current administration has contributed to the failing and record low numbers of the different branches of armed service, Governor Bush will restructure the military to more effectively deploy troops and better spend funds, while also increasing funding toward military efforts to better prepare them to protect America.
Most importantly, Governor Bush will be an effective global leader. Working well with advisors and foreign leaders, he will strengthen global partnerships and ensure safety and peace. Vice President Gore, who admits, "You ain't seen nothing yet," has not demonstrated such leadership and would not take the necessary measures to assert America's leadership. Governor Bush is the best candidate and will be the President that America needs.
Lindsey Horvath is a member of the College Republicans Club.
The views expressed in this column are those of the author not necessarily those of The Observer.
All Viewpoint Stories for Thursday, November 2, 2000