Representative in Congress
5TH DISTRICT

ED DOVER
Socialist

OCCUPATION: Professor, Public Administration, Western Oregon Univ.

OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND: Twenty years of college teaching; author of several books, including "The Presidential Election of 1996: Clinton's Incumbency and Television."

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Ph.D., Univ. of Colorado, 1985; M.P.A., 1974; M.A., 1976; B.A., 1970, Univ. of Wyoming.

PRIOR GOVERNMENTAL EXPERIENCE: U.S. Army, 1966-1969; President, American Federation of Teachers local 2278, AFL-CIO, 1989-96.

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLE

"I am for socialism because I am for humanity," Eugene V. Debs, Railway Times, 1 Jan. 1897. Socialists wish to bring about fundamental changes in American society and in the workplace so we can increase the freedom people have over their daily lives. We believe we can accomplish this by changing our laws and institutions in ways that will expand the political, social, and economic equality that we need to make us free. We seek to make democracy a way of life rather than limiting it to the ballot box as the two major political parties wish.

WORKERS' RIGHTS

Socialists believe that democracy must be a fundamental part of the workplace and that all workers should participate fully in the management and operation of the firms in which they are employed. Congress should protect collective bargaining rights for all workers, including those in farm and service industries, should ban the importing of guest farm workers, and should support workers' rights of political expression. Congress should encourage more family wage jobs by refusing to subsidize the exporting of American jobs, by repealing GATT and NAFTA, and by increasing the hourly minimum wage to $10.

POLITICAL REFORM

"We have the best Congress money can buy," Will Rogers, The Autobiography of Will Rogers, 1949. We Americans need to take back our government from special interests and their high-paid lobbyists by:

1) limiting private and PAC contributions to $100;

2) instituting public funding of congressional campaigns;

3) banning private media advertising from campaigns;

4) amending the constitution for congressional term limits.

TAXATION

We need a more equitable and progressive federal tax system that eliminates loopholes for corporations and the wealthy while providing meaningful relief for persons of average incomes. We oppose gimmicks that create illusions of tax relief but which only protect the privileges of the few. Individuals should be able to deduct their Social Security and Medicare taxes from their federal income taxes.

HEALTH CARE

"HMO means Hand the Money Over," Michael Moore, The Big One, 1998. Americans believe in treating the sick with kindness and in leaving nothing undone to restore their health. As a people, we have sought to accomplish this through publicly funded medical schools, hospitals, research, and care for the elderly and poor. We increasingly find that our efforts are being undermined by the insatiable greed of the private health insurance industry and their profit-seeking HMO's. They deny people needed care, fail to insure millions of lower income people, refuse to pay for contraception, lower the take-home wages of workers and compromise the profits of small businesses. Socialists want a single payer universal health insurance program similar to Canada's to replace private insurance and to guarantee that quality care is available for everyone.

EDUCATION

We should have high quality public education in safe, well-equipped schools and universities staffed by appropriately compensated professionals. Socialists support increased funding for education from more progressive state and federal income taxes with less reliance on inequitable property taxes and excessively high tuitions. We oppose privatizing efforts designed to undermine public education.

HUMAN RIGHTS

"If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matter of opinion," U.S. Supreme Court, 319 U.S. 624 (1943). Socialists believe in vigorous defense of our constitutional rights of free expression, privacy, reproductive choices, due process of law, and equal protection for all persons regardless of their social class, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or immigrant status.

ENVIRONMENT

"Man is an imbalancer of nature mainly because he has always been battling nature," Jacques Cousteau, The Sea in Danger, 1975. Socialists believe that the same profit-seeking mechanisms that oppress people also destroy the environment. We all have a right to a safe and healthy environment, including clean air, clean water, open space, food and communities free from toxic chemicals, and to in all ways share in the common benefits of nature. Government policies and regulations should stop pollution before it happens, expand citizens' rights to information and involvement, ban clear-cutting, and guarantee protection for every citizen and community from the degrading of our environment.

(This information furnished by Socialist Party of Oregon.)

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