Tommy Thompson on Government Reform
Former Secretary of H.H.S.; former Republican Governor (WI)
A: I believe that Vice President Cheney is criticized for a lot of things that he doesn’t do. I believe that Dick Cheney is an honorable individual. And I think President Bush depends a great deal upon him.
THOMPSON: There are several programs that need to be cut in Washington, several of those in my former department. I would first make every agency come in with a budget at 95% of last year’s budget and one at 100%. And you will be able to use that exercise in order to reduce budgets all across the line.
Q: I didn’t hear three programs. Can you tell me one?
THOMPSON: The first one I would eliminate is a program in the Department of Health and Human Services in CDC that deals with the stockpile. The stockpile does a great job, but there are some inefficiencies there.
Q: [To Paul] Can you do better than that?
PAUL: I’d start with the departments--the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security. There’s a lot of things that we can cut, but we can’t cut anything until we change our philosophy about what government should do.
Q: PAC contributions?
Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Q: Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Q: Would you support an amendment to the US Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
Q: Do you support requiring organizations that sponsor issue advocacy commercials to fully disclose their receipts and expenditures?
Q: Do you support requiring all out-of-state organizations that give money to Wisconsin candidates to obey WI campaign finance laws?
Q: Do you support limiting transfers of money between political action committees or campaign committees to $100?
The welfare system is a perfect example of what I refer to as government sense. When you pay people not to work and to have children out of wedlock, guess what happens? People do not work and they have more children out of wedlock.
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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