Gore vs. Bush Foreign Policy CHINA Bush would like to redefine the relationship between China and the United States to become one of competitors, not partners. Both Bush and Gore feel that the free market will most likely produce more individual freedom in China and he also supports increased trade with them. They also agree on defending Taiwan against aggression from the mainland, supporting the One-China Policy that has defined our relationship with them for a number of years. Gore believes that china should be encouraged to be a prosperous society by inducting them into various international institutions. He also feels that the U.

S. should be a mediator between China and Taiwan. O RUSSIA Bush opposes any further monetary assistance to Russia from the International Monetary Fund because he says he fears that government officials will pocket the money. Gore says he supports providing financial assistance to the Russian government so that they can become a free market democracy. He feels that both Russia's and China's threat to the U. S.

is in their weaknesses, not their strength. Richard Nixon also argued this point. O MIDDLE EAST / ISRAEL Gore and Bush both agree that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process needs to be moved forward. Bush says that the U. S. embassy should be moved from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem and he wants to work at re-establishing weapons inspection in Iraq.

Gore vows to keep working with U. S. allies so Saddam Hussein isolated and to eventually get him out of power. He also said he would use military forces against Iraq if it ever became necessary. O AFRICA Both Bush and Gore feel that free trade will aid in building democracy and economic development in struggling Third World Countries. Gore supports debt forgiveness to the poorest of these nations and Western aid to help in stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS in Central and Southern Africa.

O OTHER Both Bush and Gore support the Good Friday Accord in Northern Ireland, which calls for both sides to lay down arms. Gore wants to assist dialogue between North Korea and South Korea, and India and Pakistan. Bush wants to increase trade and investment with India making it a secure force in Asia and aid Australia with its peacekeeping efforts in east Timor. Military Both candidates are in favor of increasing the pay for military personal and also for increasing benefits. Gore wants to enhance military readiness by maintaining a strong force, which will result from increased training. Bush feels that morale is low in the military.

Medicare Drug Plans COSTBush's Medicare Drug Plan will cost him roughly $ 158 billion over the next ten years. Gore's plan will cost him $ 253 billion over the next ten years. O LOW INCOME SENIORS Both Bush's and Gore's plans for low-income seniors will take effect immediately. Bush's plan includes free prescription drugs for seniors that earn up to 135% of the poverty level, or $11300 for a single person. He will give partial coverage for seniors that earn up to 175% of the poverty level, or $14600 for a single person. Gore's plans for free prescription drugs are the same as Bush's.

However, Gore will give partial coverage for seniors that earn up to 150% of the poverty level, or $12450 for a single person. O MAIN MEDICARE PLANSBush's plan would not take effect for several years; it would let seniors choose from a government and private Medicare plans, all with a prescription drug option. However, Bush's plan would create incentives for healthier seniors to move to cheaper plans, leaving the sick in traditional Medicare and driving up its costs. Gore's plan would take effect immediately, adding a prescription drug program to the two existing Medicare programs for doctors and hospitals.

His plan will, however, offer no options and would use more tax money that bush's proposed plan. Education LOCAL CONTROL Both gore and Bush want the federal government to take a more active role in education, but Bush would like to put more stress on local control. He wants to strengthen local control by establishing a $500 million fund to reward states and schools that improve performance. Gore wants to invest $115 billion in education over the next ten years. O SCHOOL CHOICE Both favor greater choice. The difference is that Gore wants to keep the options within the public school system, while Bush favors partial privatization.

Bush would like to create a voucher program that would let families use public money to send their children to private schools. Gore strongly opposes this saying that vouchers draw recourses from the public schools. Both candidates would like to increase the number of charter schools. O TEACHERS Both Bush and Gore call for higher standards for teachers.

Gore will use part of his proposed $115 billion to provide for raises, he will offer $10 000 bonuses to those who go to college to become teachers and those that switch careers to teaching. Bush would expand loan forgiveness for math and science majors who commit to teach in high-need schools for five years. He would also create a $400 tax deduction for teachers that spend their own money for schoolroom supplies.