QUESTION: What is the most important issue in your district that you can affect as a member of Congress?
(1 seat) George W. Benns Joseph S. Incarnato James Walker Jr. George W. Benns 8715 Leonard Dr., Silver Spring Age: 79
Retired; author, "Primer for a Peaceful Revolution" (1970); plaintiff in case claiming illegal overassessments levied against homeowners; candidate for this office seven times previously; made 50 presentations before the Prince George's and Montgomery County councils since 1975, 30 before the state legislature and 15 before Congress on tax reform, budgets, deficits, inflation, Social Security, health, housing, bank robbers, pollution, jobs and other issues; recommended solutions to every problem listed (and others) are in the hands of all those in office since 1972; submitted data at more than 500 forums, but all my facts end up in the wastebasket; entertain -- usually gratis -- at senior centers and nursing homes; champion golf ball finder.
A. Illegal federal, state and local income tax laws that impact most heavily on non-itemizers; tax shelters by itemizers. Social Security is the most regressive tax on workers, consumers and the elderly; the cost in 1991 will be more than $800 billion. Health costs of $650 billion. Deficits of $4 trillion can be reduced to zero. Budgets: The Constitution gives the power to Congress to raise taxes and lower the budgets, but no one in either party has ever done it equitably. Affordable housing: In 1976, I showed how 2 million homes could be built to sell for $35,000 at 5 percent interest. Lower interest rates. Infrastructure, soil erosion, pollution, clean water, reforestation, flood control, transportation, inflation, bank robberies and immigration. My tax reform testimony will add $700 billion to workers, the middle class and seniors. Has anyone the guts to debate me? Joseph S. Incarnato 1008 Tracy Dr., Silver Spring Age: 63
Aeronautical engineer and president, J.S.I. Inc.; BS, aeronautical engineering, Catholic University; studying for MS in computer systems management, University of Maryland; retired after 30 years with Naval Air Systems Command, aerospace engineer and manager, Exploratory Development Air-Launched Weapons Program; married to Marie, five children, expecting ninth grandchild; U.S. Army Air Corps, 1945-47; member, Catholic University varsity boxing team, 1948-52, and captain, 1952;; comprehensive background in fiscal and life cycle of defense systems.
A. The most important issues facing the people of Montgomery County are health care for the aging and poor, overdevelopment, taxes and transportation. Our national and local infrastructures are crumbling. The problems with these roads, bridges, tunnels and waterways are not being addressed adequately at any legislative level. We are buying airplanes (B-2 "stealth" bombers) that, if the truth be known, cost in excess of $1 billion each. The federal government spends more each year and returns less to states, forcing the states to raise taxes. We have a savings and loan industry that is gobbling up untold amounts of money. Our budget process, our deficits and our trade imbalances are a national disgrace. Millions of elderly and poor are without adequate health care and insurance, yet we insure savings and loans. Not until we get a restoration of the principles of ethics and honor in our legislators and legislative process will we be able to satisfy the legitimate needs of our people. James Walker Jr. 4632 River Rd., Bethesda Age: 42
Investment property specialist with Estate Brokers of Georgetown; summa cum laude graduate, National-Louis University, with 4.0 average; master's degree candidate, New York State University; member, MENSA (high IQ society), IQ 173 on Stanford-Binet scale; spearheaded first federal legislation for gifted and talented as a private activist, 1970-75; adviser to Maryland governor for gifted and talented, 1972-75; consultant, U.S. Office of Education for Gifted and Talented, 1970-80; adviser to U.S. Office of Education Presidential Scholars Program, 1976-80; published, New York Times, Harvard Educational Review, Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post; member, Montgomery County Board of Realtors legislative, political affairs and Realtor's PAC committees; founding member, Coalition to End the Permanent Congress (campaign reform group).
A. According to the United Nations, the United States has dropped to number 19 in the world's standard of living. Investor's Daily has stated that losses due to savings and loan/bank and home loan difficulties could reach $5.3 trillion! In the meantime, Constance Morella has become progressively obsessed with gaining entree to haute Republican cafe society. James Walker Jr. has a solid record of 25 years of political experience and service to the Democratic Party beginning in 1968, when he was recruited by Pierre Salinger to serve on Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign. He was trained by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at Democratic National Headquarters. Of Walker's primary opponents, one is a seven-time perennial candidate, the other lacks political experience or service. National Democratic leaders have called James Walker Jr. "qualified to be president of the United States."
(1 seat) Asa Beck Constance A. Morella Asa Beck 407 Kerwin Rd., Silver Spring Age: 32
Married 10 years to Jean Ford-Beck; three children, Brian, Sandy and Kara; vice president and treasurer, Night Owl Security Inc.; certified public accountant with eight years of accounting experience; BS, cum laude, in accounting, University of Maryland; intern for a semester in Baltimore office of former U.S. Sen. Charles McC. Mathias (R-Md.); member, American, Maryland and D.C. institutes of certified public accountants; son of retired federal employee; one of 12 children; born in Alexandria.
A. The most important issue today is the federal budget deficit. There is no other issue that has a greater long-term effect on our prosperity and quality of life. This is a solvable problem, but we must reduce our spending soon or the problem will get out of hand and we will pay the price. We can do this without personal suffering. So long as we move quickly and decisively, I do not believe we have to raise overall taxes in any significant way. On the other hand, if we fail to take corrective measures, we may find we have permitted our legislators to bankrupt our nation. Government needs to be simpler and smaller. Ineffective or wasteful programs must be eliminated, and the remaining federal employees better compensated. More of the money can then go to fill individual needs and less to administer the programs. Constance A. Morella 6601 Millwood Rd., Bethesda Age: 59 Incumbent
Congresswoman, 1987-present; Committee on Post Office and Civil Service; Subcommittee on the Civil Service, ranking minority member; Subcommittee on Compensation and Employee Benefits; Committee on Science, Space and Technology; Subcommittee on Natural Resources, Agriculture Research and Environment; Subcommittee on Science, Research and Technology; Select Committee on Aging; Maryland General Assembly, 1979-86; professor, Montgomery College, 1970-85; AB, Boston University; MA, American University; honorary doctorates, American University, Norwich University, Dickinson College; executive committee, Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues; and human rights, competitiveness and environmental and energy study conference congressional caucuses.
A. Montgomery County faces virtually all of the ecological problems common to populous suburban areas, and I have made the environment a major priority. In Congress, I have co-sponsored and actively supported bills on many environmental issues, including global warming, clean air, recycling, wilderness preservation, clean ground and drinking water, pesticide controls, and restrictions on oil drilling and development. Locally, I have taken the initiative in gaining congressional funding for the Capitol Crescent hiker/biker trail from the Montgomery County line to Georgetown. Four million dollars has already been appropriated through my efforts; I am seeking additional funds for fiscal year 1991. I am a charter member of an international legislative exchange on environmental matters -- Global Legislators Organization for Balanced Environment (GLOBE). I serve as U.S. chair of the Oceans and Coastal Resources Study Group. My efforts have won reelection endorsements from the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club.