Mike Gravel on Environment
Libertarian for President; Former Democratic Senator (AK)
But environmentalists killed the SST in the end. The Senate defeated a $290 million spending request to keep the project going. As I feared, a more advanced military supersonic jet was built in its place. The environmental impact made by the worldís militaries is still little understood or appreciated.
I lost, but I had battled openly--I was no ideologue. I could even side with Jackson and Nixon, my sworn enemies, and oppose environmentalists, my allies, if I believed in something.
A: Very simple, change our tax structure. Have a fair tax where people are taxed on what they spend rather than what they earn. And our tax system is totally corrupt right now. And so if we now have a retail sales tax, youíll take this nation of ours from a consuming nation to a savings nation. And thatís the most significant thing we can do to alter climate change.
KUCINICH: Absolutely. The aftermath underscores everything thatís wrong in this country about race.
GRAVEL: Yes. And just keep in mind, if we werenít squandering our treasure on this terrible war that we didnít have to start, we would have 4 million housing units available, & a good portion of them could go to Katrina residents.
DODD: I would as well. New Orleans and Katrina have become a symbol of everything that went wrong with this administrationís failure to respond to a people in need.
CLINTON: I have proposed a 10-point Gulf Coast Recovery Agenda, because even if we were to give people a right, there is nothing to return to.
BIDEN: Itís an American problem. We should guarantee the reconstruction.
RICHARDSON: Yes, I would support that. I would also support the Katrina Recovery Act.
EDWARDS: This is an issue I care about personally and deeply.
OnTheIssues.org EXPLANATION: Public lands are open for grazing, recreational, and other public uses. Prior to this bill, the Secretary of the Interior or the President would decide when to declare parcels of public land as a "national monument," which has much more restrictive land use. This bill proposes to let Congress decide when the parcel is over 5,000 acres, instead of the Secretary of the Interior deciding without Congress.
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: A bill to amend the Act entitled "An Act for the Preservation of American Antiquities", approved June 8, 1906, to provide congressional review of Presidential monument proclamations, and to amend the Act entitled "Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976", approved October 21, 1976, to alter the congressional review procedures of land withdrawals.
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OnTheIssues.org EXPLANATION: This bill would make costs for recycling be tax-deductible for businesses that build facilities to handle recyclable beverage containers.
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: Amends the Internal Revenue Code to exclude from gross income interest on industrial development bonds the proceeds of which are to be used to provide for the construction, reconstruction, erection, or acquisition of a beverage container facility used in connection with a law prohibiting or discouraging the sale of beverages in nonreturnable containers.
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GOP: Sen.John McCain
GOP V.P.: Gov.Sarah Palin
Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama
Dem.V.P.: Sen.Joe Biden
Constitution: Chuck Baldwin
Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Socialist: Brian Moore
Independent: Ralph Nader