Candidates for delegate to the House of Representatives were asked: Inflation: What specific policies would you favor to strengthen the economy, reduce inflation and create new jobs? Military Strength: What is your view of the nation's military strength? What specific programs do you advocate? What specific programs do you oppose? Abortion: On the abortion question, do you favor making federal money available to indigent women? Or would you support an amendment banning all abortions, except to save the life of the mother? Local Benefits: What federal actions do you think would be of the greatest local benefit to the District? Delegates Vote for One Josephine D. Butler, (D.C. Statehood), 60, of 1737 New Hampshire Ave. NW, is a health director. Shechaired the Morgan Community School Board and was a Human Rights Commissioner. Inflation: I am convinced that full employment is the true measure for stablizing an economy. On Oct. 27, 1978, President Carter signed the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act. In signing this bill the president committed his office to reducing unemployment to three percent by 1984. I would favor asking the president why action to honor that commitment has not been taken; I would favor urging the president to honor the commitment of his office and, if necessary, I would favor seeking whatever legal means needed to help the president honor the commitment of that office. Military Strength: Look at any city in our country -- some areas will look as if bombs had been dropped there as recently as yesterday. Citizens in some of our counties exist in abject poverty. Our country is undeveloped and underdeveloped. The value of human and natural resources seems to have been suspended. Righting these grievous wrongs and correcting these deplorable infractions does not call for one ounce of military strength. Developing and implementing the means for addressing these burning issues would be my first priority. I would therefore oppose any military spending. I am convinced that internal conditions are the cause of our insecurity. Abortions: Yes, I do favor making federal money available to "indigent women." I firmly believe that all humans are created equal: men, women, children; and all have an inalienable right to the finest quality of life, liberty and happiness possible. Women are not created "indigent": somebody made them indigent. Until we can correct this injustice, it seems right and just that federal money be used to pay for whatever services they need. Local Benefit: After the citizens of the District of Columbia have ratified their constitution and presented it to the Congress, I would request that the Congress welcome the nearly 700,000 residents of the District of Columbia into the Union, as the 51st state, with all deliberate speed. Walter E. Fauntroy, (D), 47, of 4105 17th St. NW, has been a member of Congress since 1971 and is pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church. He serves on the District Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs committees. Inflation: Inflation is a function of too much demand chasing too little supply. The way to solve it is to put people to work producing that which is in short supply. The specific policies which I favor are designed to stimulate productivity in the private sector of our economy that will not only hold down inflation, but put people to work. Specifically, therefore, I favor monetary policies that would require banks to increase, periodically, the properties of their portfolios devoted to capital-investment loans to assist American industry to retool to become competitive again. I support tax policies that encourage personal savings on the one hand and enhance productive capacity through such things as accelerated depreciation on new plants and equipment on the other.
While I favor fiscal restraint that would cut wasteful and unnecessary federal spending, I think highest priority has to be given to federal spending for targeted job-assistance and job-retraining programs for areas of the country hardest hit by unemployment. Military Strength: Military power, by itself, cannot guarantee the nation's security or the attainment of national interests. It is necessary to have a flexible and operative military capability. In recent years, our capacity to respond to geniune risks has been severly diminished by an unhealthy preoccupation with expensive, high-technology strategic systems.
Resources should be used to maintain and enhance a basic ability to respond to a variety of situations and needs.An undue reliance on expensive super-weapons -- whether conventional or strategic -- creates a false sense of security that is dangerous because of their penchant for failure.
Such failure is dangerous because it narrows the response options. I support the creation and development of a mobile rapid-deploy force. The present logistical needs of seven-to-one or more, versus the Soviet logistical need of three-to-one, is however, unsatisfactory and unsafe because it lacks mobility, thus destroying its credible effectiveness. This oveweight force structures a preoccupation with military plans encouraging the neglect of diplomatic options and strategies. Military policy must be developed and implemented in the context of the complexities of today's world. It is not a substitute for a creative diplomacy that addresses the problems of poverty, racism and violence. Abortion: I am personally very much opposed to abortions and do counsel against them as a minister. I do not feel that abortions should be viewed as a means of birth control. Thus, I believe, additional resources should be made available to provide for adoption and contraception before the fact of conception. I favor making federal money available to indigent women where the mother's life is endangered or in the case of rape or incest. I do not favor a constitutional amendment banning all abortions except to save the life of the mother. Local Benefits: The greatest single benefit for people in the District of Columbia would be passage of a bill providing an adequate and automatic federal payment based on a formula which would provide predictability and which would be tied to the costs of the rising demands made upon this city by the daily operations of the federal government along with a permanent solution that will guarantee full funding of the pensions that were authorized by the Congress. Robert Jefferson Roehr, (R), 31, of 1221 Wisconsin Ave. NW, is a salesman.He was a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department and is a member of Don't Tear It Down and the Gay Activists' Alliance. Inflation: Government must do its part by eliminating waste, especially boondoggles such as the MX missile system and the $88-billion synthetic fuels program. Both are misallocations of government resources that border on the criminal. Our tax system must be modified to encourage job creation and industrial revitalization. I strongly support the Kemp-Garcia bill, which would create a series of incentives for business to locate jobs where they are most desperately needed, in areas of high unemployment such as the inner city. The District needs the power to issue industrial-revenue bonds. They have been one of the most powerful tools in attracting industry to the South. But the District of Columbia is the only jurisdiction in the country that does not have this tool. It is something Walter Fauntroy should have gotten through Congress long ago. Military Strength: The postwar trend of buying weapons systems of increasing complexity and cost alarms me. They have become so expensive that we cannot buy them in the quantities we need, so complex that we cannot maintain them under battlefield conditons. We are paying too much for the last 10 percent of performance, often when it isn't needed. We have concentrated our conventional weapons resources into so few units that we are vulnerable to preemptive strikes in many potential theaters of conflict. We need a reallocation of our military resources away from technological juggernauts and into conventional weapons. I oppose the MX missile system and a new pentrating bomber. Abortion: I object to any religious group trying to impose its will upon others through civil law. This includes the question of abortion. I support a woman's freedom of choice, a freedom which allows for her personal religious beliefs. Allowing a woman the legal freedom of choice while at the same time denying her access to public funding is hypocrisy. Freedom should not be reserved for the rich and denied to the poor. Local Benefits: Federal action to strenghten the economy is of highest priority. A formula for a federal payment at higher levels of funding is desirable but seems politically unrealistic. I would act to create a series of policies that create new housing for all income levels, that renovate our neighborhoods without displacing those already there, that maintain the options for both home ownership and rental. We can change our tax laws to encourage new construction. We can modify capital-gains taxes to reduce displacement. We should create "housing banks" to assist the elderly.