Born-again presidential candidate Hart is still pushing his favorite "new ideas," but this time he has them packaged in a single publication he refers to as "the booklet." It is a slim, 96-page collection of excerpts from the lectures Hart has been giving since he ended his first 1988 campaign in May.
Hart had the book printed at his own expense last month, giving it the title "Reform, Hope and the Human Factor." But in his campaign stops last week, Hart referred to "the booklet" so often that he finally laughed at himself and said, "We ought to call this thing 'The Sayings of Chairman Gary.' "
Whatever you call it, the book encapsulates Hart's views on military policy, foreign policy, arms control and a plethora of domestic issues. Among its high points is a complete explication of Hart's proposed "American Defense Education Act," in which some funds now spent on weapons would instead be funneled into education subsidies at colleges and vocational schools.
"The booklet" includes two proposals for higher taxes: The first is Hart's familiar call for a new tax on imported oil, designed to raise revenue and reduce dependence on foreign energy sources. In addition, Hart calls for increasing the top income-tax rate for people earning more than about $145,000 per year.