I would like to see Al Gore be our next president. Clinton has done a good job and Al
Gore was right there helping to make it happen. As a Vice President, Al Gore has been
the most active and involved in history. Most Vice President’s do little or nothing but give
political speeches when the president is busy. But Al Gore has been active in reforming
government and cutting the size of government by 250,000 non-military jobs.
I want Gore to become President because he has alot to offer in his educational
proposals and this is very important to me. Gore’s plans depend on leaving the existing
public-school structure in place; a man who depends on the support of the teachers’
unions can hardly do otherwise. But he would also attempt to improve it by: spending $50
billion to offer preschool education to every 4-year-old by 2005, introducing mandatory
testing for teachers ; salary bonuses for the most successful, reducing class sizes,
bolstering after-school programs, and building on existing proposals to improve failing
schools. Gore calls for a $115 billion public education investment plan paid out of a trust
fund and with 10 percent of the federal budget surplus. Rather than deny funding to
lagging schools, says they should be shut down and reopened under new administrations.
He is opposed to vouchers. Gore has also proposed initiatives to help families pay their
education and job training costs, including tax deductions for college tuition; Life-Long
Learning investment accounts, and a National Tuition Savings Program.
Gore would also create “21st Century Teacher Corps” that would offer college
scholarships for young people willing to teach for at least four years in “high-need”
school districts, proposes requiring all teachers to pass performance evaluations every
five years to retain their teaching licenses, supports creating a tax-free savings plan that
Americans could use to save for their children’s higher education or to return to school .
themselves, opposed to school vouchers, and received the endorsement of the National
Education Association, and the American Federation of Teachers.
Gore also supports hiring 50,000 more police officers, adding Victims’ Bill of Rights to
the Constitution, giving states grants to test parolees for drugs, an expansion of the death
penalty for drug kingpins, murderers of federal law enforcement officers, “Three
StrikesYou’re Out” law, and trying 13-year-olds who are accused of committing a
violent crime as adults in some limited cases and involving very serious crimes.
He also proposes a system of photo licensing for all handgun purchases, bans on assault
weapons, mandatory reporting of gun sales to government authorities, a three-day waiting
period for purchasing a handgun, background checks at gun shows, and requires trigger
He wants to ban all drilling off California and Florida coasts and spend $2 billion over
the next 10 years to create new parklands and preserve open spaces. The plan would
provide a 50% reduction in capital gains taxes on the transfer of private property into
conservation, and an increase in tax incentives for landowners who transfer properties
near cities or reforest private lands. He also supports protecting the environment in ways
that creates jobs and economic growth through new public-private partnerships in areas
such as fuel-efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, and tourism and recreation. He
proposed a new “Livability Initiative” that outlines steps to help communities preserve
green space, ease traffic congestion, and pursue regional “smart growth” strategies. In
short Gore provides Health Insurance for all children, protects the environment, and
enforces pollution laws. He also supports increases in minimum wage and equal pay for
Bush spent over 100 million dollars on his campaign before the first primary vote was
cast. More money than Clinton and Dole did combined in the whole 1996 campaign. If
Bush becomes president, he’s going to pay back that 100 million dollars with a trillion of
out tax dollars. That’s a real good return on investment for the super rich. That’s why the
centerpiece of the Bush plan is a big break for rich people.
Clinton and Gore came in and took responsibility and turned the economy around so
that now we have a budget surplus instead of never ending debt. We’re paying down the
national debt and the economy is strong. Clinton and Gore made it happen. Gore now has
7 years of experience working with President Clinton and is ready to move up to the top
spot. There’s a saying, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” I rather doubt that America is going
to change leadership when things are going so well. The bottom line is, Al Gore is a good
man who will do the right thing. That’s why I support Al Gore.