Bob Dole 1996 On the Issues
Where Bob Dole
Stands on Drugs
Bill Clinton Has
Surrendered the War on Drugs
With Bill Clinton's lack of leadership, there are about 1 million more youths
involved in drugs than before he became President. Clinton has nearly
surrendered the War on Drugs:
- Days after taking office,
Clinton reduced the staff of the Drug Czar's Office from 146 people to
just 25. Then he cut their budget by 90 percent.
- Within his first year, the
National Security Council "dropped the drug war from one of three top
priorities to No. 29 on a list of 29." (Star Tribune, February 14,
- His former Surgeon General
thought the best way to combat drug use was to legalize them.
Even members of Clinton's own party agree that Clinton has given up the battle.
"Rep. Charles Rangel, a New York Democrat, said, "I've been in
Congress for over two decades, and I have never, never, never seen a president
who cares less about this issue."
Teen Drug Use is Skyrocketing
The results of this "Just Say Nothing" approach is horrifying:
- Marijuana use soared 141
percent from 1992 to 1995 among America's youth.
- Cocaine use by young people
rose 166 percent from 1994 to 1995.
- Heroin-related overdoses
increased to record levels, jumping from 48,003 in 1992 to 76,023 in 1995.
deaths have increased nationally by 145 percent over the past two years.
A Dole-Kemp Administration Will Cut Teen Drug
Use in Half by 2000
Bob Dole and Jack Kemp understand that drug use is a national problem that
cannot be solved by the federal government alone. The federal government must
work in partnership with state and local governments. As President, Bob Dole
- Use the Bully Pulpit of the
Presidency to teach America's youth that drug use is wrong and life-threatening.
He has already kicked off this campaign by speaking out against drugs and
unveiling his "Just Don't Do It" motto.
- Spearhead the creation of
1,000 new community-based antidrug coalitions, using federal seed money
- Encourage the movie,
television, and music industries to embrace a no-use, zero-tolerance
message in the products they create for America's youth.
- Ensure adequate funding and
staffing for the Drug Czar's Office and give the drug Czar the tools and
authority he or she needs to get the job done.
- Develop a National Drug
Strategy that establishes a set of concrete, measurable goals, including
a 50% reduction in teen drug use by the end of Dole's first term.
- Ensure that the funding for
the Republican Safe- and Drug-Free Schools Program is used for its
intended purpose - no-use drug prevention - and not diverted to unproven
- Enhance the antidrug role
of the National Guard, including the creation of a Southwest Border
Counter Drug Task Force, the reinvigoration of the National Guard's
marijuana eradication campaign, and the authorization of the National
Guard to provide "meth lab" cleanups.
- Reform the federal
treatment bureaucracy and promote effective drug treatment programs. Model
programs include the nationwide "Teen Challenge" program based
- Require drug testing at all
stages of the federal criminal justice system.
- Empower low-income families
to move out of drug-infested areas
by giving them housing vouchers.
- Encourage states to establish
pilot drug-testing programs for welfare beneficiaries who may use
government assistance to subsidize a drug habit.
- Work to greenline
distressed communities and encourage businesses and residents to reclaim
their neighborhoods by providing incentives for entrepreneurship and work.
A Better America
With Bob Dole as President, the United States will have a renewed commitment to
the War on Drugs. A Dole Administration will devote ample resources to fight
illegal drug use. There will be a strong Drug Czar. The United States will not
be afraid to get tough with countries that refuse to cooperate with our
anti-drug efforts. Most importantly, our President will provide the moral
leadership that we need to protect our children from illegal drugs by making it
clear that drug use is wrong and will not be tolerated.
Source: Bob Dole 1996 Official Campaign Web Site