Eagle Forum's Wish List |
for the 106th Congress
Cut taxes across-the-board to put money in the
pockets of all taxpayers. Cut rates -- the proven way
to keep the economy moving. Americans are overtaxed. With the current prosperous state of the economy, now is the time to cut taxes. If not now, when?
Don't claim that the budget rule inhibits Congress's
power to cut taxes; repeal the stupid rule.
Return any budget surplus to the taxpayers, or at
least return half in tax cuts and use the other half for
Social Security. Impose a spending freeze and a hiring
freeze until tax cuts are passed.
Eliminate the "marriage tax" without discriminating
against homemakers or families in which one spouse is
the sole or primary wage earner.
Reject all targeted tax cuts through deductions,
credits, or exemptions. "Targeted" is a code word for
the government saying, "We'll give you a tiny tax cut
if you spend the saving the way the government tells
you to spend it."
Preserve American Independence
Reject the Global Warming Treaty because it would
require us to reduce our energy consumption to 7%
below 1990 levels, a drastic reduction in our standard
of living, while other countries are not bound. Forbid
the Clinton Administration to implement this unratified
treaty or the Kyoto Protocol through bureaucratic
Reject all pending treaties, and pass legislation to
sunset all treaties that have not been acted on within six
years, including treaties on the International Criminal
Court, UN Rights of the Child, Discrimination Against
Women, Biodiversity, and Law of the Sea.
Cut off appropriations for Clinton's phony "peacekeeping" expeditions, such as Bosnia and Kosovo, that
have never been constitutionally authorized by Congress. Cut off appropriations for "Wag the Dog"
Pass the American Sovereignty Protection Act to
prohibit the United Nations or UNESCO from designating UN World Heritage Sites or Biosphere Reserves.
Remove the UNESCO plaques and all UN supervision from the 22 parks and monuments already designated as World Heritage sites, including Independence
Hall and the Statue of Liberty. Withdraw from the
1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of World
Cultural and Natural Heritage, which authorizes this
offensive intervention by UNESCO.
Stop funding the Man and the Biosphere (MAB)
program, and forbid all designations of biosphere
reserves by MAB or UNESCO without Congressional
authorization. Abolish the unauthorized designations
of 47 biosphere reserves.
Designate English as our official American language for all government activities.
Protect Personal Liberty Against Invasions of Privacy
Prohibit the Federal Government from building (or
assisting the states or private corporations to build)
databases of personal information on American citizens
that is none of the government's business and which
facilitate government monitoring of the private actions
of law-abiding citizens.
Repeal Health and Human Services Department
authority to establish or maintain "unique health care
identifiers" for individuals.
Stop federal funding to coordinate databases of
individual health records, including immunization
records. Order the destruction of such databases that
have been compiled with federal funds and without
individuals' written consent.
Stop the FDIC attempt to require banks to monitor
individuals' bank deposits and withdrawals and to
report deviations from a "normal" pattern to a government database.
Stop the government from building or maintaining
a database of lawful purchasers of guns.
Do not pass any legislation to create new copyright-like protections for databases.
Repeal any federal requirement for states to use
fingerprints, Social Security numbers or other federal
identifiers on driver's licenses.
Forbid federal spending to develop or use a national
I.D. card or "smart card."
Do not pass any legislation that would interfere
with the right of individual Americans to use encryption for their personal files or e-mail. Defeat Clinton
Administration attempts to adopt "key recovery" or
"key escrow," or to criminalize encryption, or to treat
encryption as a suspect activity. Americans must have
the First Amendment right to speak in code, as well as
Stop the government from conspiring with the
telephone companies to mandate equipment that will
allow the government to spy on law-abiding citizens.
Stop the FCC from requiring phone companies to
track the location of users of cellular or wireless
Restore Respect for Life
Do not appropriate any taxpayers' funds for abortions except to save the life of the mother (this would
ban abortion funding through Medicaid, military
services, federal employee health plans, District of
Columbia appropriations, and fetal tissue research), or
for organizations that perform abortions (e.g., Planned
Pass legislation that denies federal funds to any
state, health care provider, organization, or other entity
that permits assisted suicide (which the Supreme Court
has held is not a constitutional right).
Require parental consent or notification for minors
to receive federally funded contraceptives.
Forbid cloning of humans and experiments on
Restore Individual Control Over Health Care
End the discrimination in health insurance against
all those who don't have the advantage of working for
a company with a health plan. Reform the tax code to
allow all Americans to have 100% tax deductibility for
the purchase of health insurance (just as employers
have 100% tax deductibility for company-paid plans).
Hold hearings on various plans to restructure
federal laws so that individuals can effectively control
their own health plans, insurance, care, and treatment.
Amend the 1996 Kennedy-Kassebaum Act to make
Repeal the "health care identifier" program authorized in the 1996 Kennedy-Kassebaum Act.
Empower patients to access the books and records
of their health plans or HMOs, including any contracts
between health plans or HMOs and their physicians.
Enforce current laws against the corporate practice
of medicine by making it illegal for any corporation to
control, influence or interfere with the medical advice
of a physician. Remove the privileged exemption from
lawsuits that HMOs now enjoy.
Repeal all authority, contained in 1996 Kennedy-Kassebaum and the 1993 Comprehensive Child Immunization Act, to compile or coordinate health records,
including immunizations, on databases.
Do not pass any legislation that forces health
insurance plans to have "guaranteed issue" or "community rating."
Do not pass any legislation that preempts state laws
protecting the privacy of medical records.
Reform and Restrain the Imperial Judiciary
Refuse to confirm any more Clinton nominations
for federal judges or the Supreme Court. We already
have too many federal judges. Clinton uses a pro-abortion litmus test for his selections, and that is
Adopt a Senate rule that no judicial nominee can be
confirmed without a roll-call vote.
Restrict federal court jurisdiction by preventing a
single federal judge from overturning state laws or
referenda. (It is outrageous that a single federal judge
was able to overturn the New Jersey law banning partial
birth abortions, which was passed by a super majority
in the State Legislature over the Governor's veto. It is
outrageous that a single federal judge can overturn or
nullify the majority who approve a statewide initiative
Prohibit the federal courts from imposing a tax,
because taxes are a legislative prerogative.
Recognize that the preeminent example of judicial
activism is Roe v. Wade, and it must be overturned if
we are to stop judicial activism. All federal court
nominees should be required to state opposition to the
activist arguments in Roe v. Wade.
Roll back the expanded jurisdiction of federal
courts by repealing the federalization of traditional state
crimes over guns, drugs, white-collar offenses, and
Hold extensive hearings to educate the public about
the court's usurpation of power.
Education: Restore local control by parents and teachers
Remind the public that only 6% of public school
money is federal, and that our biggest problem is
illiteracy, which is not a federal problem.
Terminate all Clinton Administration efforts to
control classroom curricula through Goals 2000,
School-to-Work, National Testing, National Standards,
Sustainable Development, and Education Laboratories.
Do not reauthorize or appropriate funds for Goals
2000 (which imposes federal mandates on public
schools and is used to control children's medical care)
or School-to-Work (which makes workforce training
the mission of the schools).
Forbid database collection of non-academic information on students, such as attitudes, behavior, health,
and family privacy. Forbid the establishment of student
computer profiles that include personal and non-academic information.
Pass the Family Privacy Protection Act to require
written parental consent before schools subject children
to psychological testing or treatment (as promised in
the Contract with America).
End Bilingual Education, which prevents immigrants from learning English and is opposed by both
English-speaking and Spanish-speaking parents, as
shown by the California referendum.
Build up National Defense
Deploy an anti-missile defense immediately.
Congress's most important responsibility is to build
whatever military hardware is necessary to protect
American lives from attack. Communist China has 13
of its 18 ballistic missiles targeted on U.S. cities.
Russia still has its awesome arsenal of nuclear missiles,
and its unpredictable rulers, strapped for cash, might
sell them to some rogue dictator.
Defeat Clinton's ABM Expansion Treaty, a
backdoor attempt to give new life to the defunct ABM
Treaty of 1972 with the Soviet Union, based on the
discredited theory of Mutual Assured Destruction
(MAD). Furthermore, it cannot possibly protect us
against other countries trying to build nuclear missiles:
North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Libya, India and Pakistan.
Prohibit the assignment of U.S. troops to serve
under foreign command or in United Nations or NATO
uniforms. Repeal Presidential Decision Directive
(PDD) 25. Honor Michael New for refusing to wear a
Stop all technology transfers to China and forbid
U.S. sales to China that require technology transfers.
Investigate and expose the technology transfers that
the Clinton Administration permitted to go to Communist China, and determine whether those were the result
of campaign contributions to Clinton-Gore re-election.
End coed training and coed barracks for U.S.
troops, and forbid the assignment of women to military
Stop illegal aliens from entering or remaining in the
Restore Respect for the Tenth Amendment
Repeal Clinton's overreaching Executive Orders
(e.g., on Federalism and on Human Rights).
Repeal Clinton's Executive Order called the American Heritage Rivers Initiative, under which he federalized 14 rivers this year, and plans to federalize ten more
rivers every year.
Forbid federal regulation of state driver's licenses.
Stop creating new federal crimes (which Congress
has been doing every year). Recognize that, under our
Constitution, criminal law is a state matter except for
the few crimes specified in Constitution.
Start the process of repealing hundreds of the
thousands of recently enacted federal crimes that should
not be federal crimes. In particular, protect landowners
against environmental regulations that proscribe use of
their property and devalue their assets.
Dangerous Bills that Must Be Defeated
- The Ominous Patent bill, which would "harmonize" our successful patent system down to the level of
the unsuccessful Japanese patent system, and which
was a major component of Secretary of Commerce Ron
Brown's Asian policy.
- Puerto Rico statehood, which would make the
United States a bilingual nation and give us language
and culture problems like those suffered by Quebec,
Bosnia, and other countries that do not share a common
- Clinton's daycare proposal. The Republican
Congress already addressed the child care problem by
giving parents a $500 per child tax credit, which
properly allows parents to spend their money for parent
care of children as well as for hired daycare.
Protect and Defend the Constitution
Oppose any attempt to call a new Constitutional
Convention. Respect our magnificent Constitution that
has proved so successful for two centuries.
Oppose any reintroduction of the defunct Equal
Rights Amendment. The Supreme Court of New
Mexico recently held that the state ERA requires New
Mexico to fund Medicaid abortions because (according
to the court) denial of abortion services is sex discrimination. A federal ERA would (among other bad
effects) nullify Harris v. McRae, which held that there
is no constitutional right to have the taxpayers pay for
Address the issue of saving Social Security, which
is destined for bankruptcy and is now perceived as
unfair to young Americans. Republicans and Democrats must work together, but we must observe these
There must not be any tax increases, not even the
raising of the income cap on current taxes.
The government must not be allowed to invest
Social Security funds in the stock market.
Any reform must not diminish Social Security's
current favorable treatment of wives and widows.
Defeat all proposals to use taxpayer funds to prop
up foreign currencies, to subsidize foreign investments,
or to bail out bad foreign loans.
Do not renew Fast Track (which would surrender
one of Congress's enumerated constitutional powers to
Do not renew Most Favored Nation trading status
for Communist China.
Withdraw from the World Trade Organization,
which has already tried to order the United States to
change our domestic laws.
Equalize tariffs between the United States and
countries that impose high protective tariffs on goods
they import from us.
Stop subsidizing foreign industries that compete
with American jobs.
Cut Big and Mischievous Government Spending
Here are some agencies and programs that should
- National Endowment for the Arts, which continues to
subsidize obscene and offensive materials and events.
- National Endowment for the Humanities, which was
responsible for the revisionist history "standards,"
condemned by the Senate in a 99 to 1 vote.
- Legal Services Corporation, which engages in radical
leftist litigation and lobbying.
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which uses
taxpayers' money to safeguard risky investments in
140 countries made by the politically well-connected.
- International Monetary Fund, which is a ripoff of the
taxpayers' money, lines the pockets of corrupt foreign
dictators, and promotes more bailouts.
- Taxpayer-paid benefits to illegal aliens.
Investigate Interferences with Honest Elections
The right to vote loses its meaning when people
lose confidence in the honesty of the election process.
We must have new Voting Rights legislation to assure
the integrity of the ballot box. Congress should:
- Investigate frauds in federal elections.
- Investigate and stop voting by illegal aliens.
- Repeal the Motor Voter law.
- Expose electioneering and politicking by the
- Investigate frauds in absentee ballots and assistance voting.
- Investigate the integrity of voting machines.
- Require photo identification in order to vote.
- Prohibit voting by mail and same-day registration.
- Install video cameras in all (or random) voting
Improve Honesty in the Legislative Process
Don't put anything in a Conference report that was
never passed by both Houses of Congress.
Always have real opponents control Senate and
House floor debates, not phony debates in which the
ranking Republican and the ranking Democrat both
support the legislation.
Require all witnesses before Congressional committees to disclose any taxpayer funds that they, or the
organization they represent, receive.
We invite members of Eagle Forum to mark up this Wish
List (or a copy), indicating their priorities and additional
suggestions, and return it to Eagle Forum for guidance in
our lobbying and educational activities. Contact Eagle
Forum if you would like to work specifically on any of these