Reps. Shimkus and DeGette
February 26, 1997
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Should Congress deregulate the local power company? Can we enforce our current campaign laws? What are they hearing in their districts? Are debate and bipartisanship mutually exclusive? How bad is the DNC fundraising scandal? Will the balanced budget amendment work? Viewer Comments...
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Alan Orling of North Salem, NY:
My question is, Republicans have been hocking us about too much government and that Democrats are always wanting make laws for everything. Republicans claim we already have too many laws. So why in hect do the Republicans insist on an real the ultimate law, a constutional amendment for a balance budget. are these the same folks who also tell us you can't legislate behavior? You can't have it both ways.
Carl A. Neste of Huntsville, AL:
As a taxpayer and wage-earner, I am OBLIGATED to maintain a balanced budget or go bankrupt! Why does the U.S. Congress need a Constitutional Amendment with the force of law to make them, as a body, do the job they were elected to perform?
H.W. of Belmont, CA:
Why do we need a Constitutional amendment if everyone agrees that we need to eliminate the deficit? Why are our lawmakers and shapers of public opinion arguing meta-issues instead of finding ways to address the actual money gap? Is there so little leadership or courage in Congress today?
The national debt represents a massive tax bill that will come due in the years ahead, increasingly so after the current wave of pleasantly low interest rates passes. If we do not think long-term, what kind of world power will the U.S. be in 10 years?
Tax cuts now would be wonderful if we already had a balanced budget and little debt. As it is, when we cut spending, every cent should go to deficit reduction and then to debt elimination, so that we have the freedom to spend or slash taxes at some time in the future when, because of a war or an economic disaster, we desperately need to do so.
Spending new billions on education may buy some extra education for some students but it won't change the culture, and until most parents pay as much attention to their own kids' educations as they do to football and soap operas, America will continue to graduate (and worse yet, fail to graduate) illiterates who can't do basic math.
Americans are getting tired of the horse race, and the politics-by-tabloid, and other wastes of our collective time and energy. Do you intend to give us something better?
Jim Leavitt of Twin Falls, ID:
Electric Power deregulation
Who made the decision to deregulate power? I would like an exact anwser to this question. As far as I can tell, no one in my state even knew it was about to become deregualated, let alone, participate in a debate on the merits.
Oh, by the way, was just it just chance that Europe is deregulating power at the same time?
Once again, who exactly is making these decisions on my behave?
Gerald Foster of Denver, CO:
Budgets and Budgeting are specifically accounting terms. The general accounting Office is only nominally what business would call an accounting office, and the theories of accounting in the two entities are radically different. Answers to the question, Which system of accounting are you going to use in determining numerically whether a balanced budget is achieved? are answered: we'll worry about that later!Is this a good idea? To my knowledge, the only Comgressman who has mentioned this little detail has been Senator Bradley, and he has retired. Senator Hank Brown is a CPA but he also has left the Senate. Are you interested in bringing it up at all?