Term: 4 Years
QUESTION: What would you do specifically to deal with the District's budget crisis? List three programs you would cut or streamline and tell how you would raise additional revenue.
Brian Moore (I)
609 Fourth St. SW
Self-employed health care consultant; 12-year D.C. civic activist; consultant to George Washington University; former president, Southwest Neighborhood Assembly; commissioner and vice chairman, ANC-2D; former vice president of D.C. Federation of Civic Associations and currently chairman of the Budget Committee; MA in public administration, Arizona State University; Ward 2 delegate to D.C. Constitutional Convention; member, St. Vincent De Paul Parish Church Council and executive committee of MUSCLE Housing Board; former Peace Corps volunteer; volunteer for the homeless; named man of the year by D.C. Federation; received outstanding service award from S.W. Community House; member, D.C. Citizens for a Better School Board.
A: To indicate three programs for cutting only sets one department against the other and still doesn't address the root of the problem. To offer new or alternative solutions for education or housing or fighting crime only continues the same big business approach of somebody else making money without any significant solutions. A reordering of budget priorities will not solve the city's financial problems over the long term. The entire system, and budget, is susceptible to special-interest pressures at the expense of all citizens. Only a "true outsider" will be able to open up the system with honesty; adhere to the charter and legislative intent; and marshal, control and utilize all city resources and their allocation appropriately. Both Ms. Dixon and Mr. Turner are "insiders" and cannot accomplish that end. Not only should permanent politicians be removed, we also must change the other "incumbents" as well, and urge their membership to hold them accountable for their participation in creating our city's problems. These include leaders such as church pastors, union officials, special-interest group officers, bank boards, newspaper editors, university boards of directors, business leaders and others. The "city's leadership" participated in a conspiracy of silence during the Barry years; they were involved in the big business of government programs and monies; they are guilty of "getting a piece of the pie" at the entire city's expense and are communally culpable for their failure to stand up and be heard. That is getting to the real cause of our problems -- solving our fiscal failures and generating new revenue.