IS it just me, or are you also bored to tears with the third and
fourth set of Whitewater hearings that the Congress has held during
the past two years?
It has cost $25 million in taxpayer dollars to determine, so
far, that the president and Mrs. Clinton claimed a few thousand in
questionable tax deductions and did not pay as much attention to
their personal finances in Arkansas as they should have.
The foot soldiers in both the Republican and Democratic parties
on Capitol Hill are sparring and jousting in both banking
committees to score political points in a tedious display of
How Bill Clinton raised campaign contributions and handled (or
mishandled) his personal finances in Arkansas in 1985 may interest
die-hard opponents of the president, but I suspect most Americans
have more immediate concerns about themselves, their families, and
Enough is enough about Whitewater! The special prosecutor
remains hard at work, so the Congress should let him do his job. I
can think of scores of more important questions that should be
front and center in the Congress and on the public airwaves.
Questions such as:
Why is the gap between wealthy citizens on the one hand and
middle- and low-income citizens on the other hand wider and
increasing faster in the United States than in any other
Why are so many Americans working longer hours for less
take-home pay, despite official claims that the US economy is
rocking right along?
Why don't we have a plan to eliminate our nation's record-high
trade deficit in addition to a plan to eliminate the budget deficit?
Why do 5 million children go to bed hungry every night in
Perhaps more to the point, why not investigate the way
special-interest money from the financial industry in America is
thrown at virtually every member of the House and Senate Banking
Committees for their reelection campaigns?
The 51 members of the House Banking Committee received at least
$4.6 million in 1991-93 from political-action committees (PACS) and
individuals with financial interests overseen by the committee now
sitting in judgment of the Clintons. These special-interest
campaign contributions are flowing at an even faster clip this
Even worse, the corrosive influence of big money from special
interests with well-heeled lobbyists working the halls of the 104th
Congress has become epidemic. …