Raw footage for the award-winning series The 90's. Eddie Tape #77. This tape features video recorded inside a banquet celebrating the 30th congressional baseball game between Democrats and Republicans; a tour inside Jose Rodriguez's "Politically Correct Clothing" t-shirt store; the inside of the Pacifica Radio press booth covering the congressional nomination hearing for Robert Gates as director of the CIA; a long interview with Congressman Calvin Dooley; a presentation on technology from Professor Rustum Roy; an interview with the director of Citizens Against PACs; and a tour inside the "Political Americana" memorabilia shop.
0:06Copy video clip URL Open to a group of people standing around a television. They take pictures of themselves.
1:29Copy video clip URL A man explains the 30th Congressional Democrat vs. Republican baseball game.
4:37Copy video clip URL Two hold a $25,000 check to the Children’s Hospital.
6:07Copy video clip URL Congressman Tim Romer from Indiana talks about higher education and sports. Some heavy video artifacts. He talks about the importance of cooperation, team spirit, and his work in congress.
12:22Copy video clip URL Cut to a waiting room with various congressional staff members. Congressmen chat with each other. They watch a baseball game on television.
17:33Copy video clip URL Tape stopped to clean heads.
17:44Copy video clip URL Resume tape. The party continues to mingle. A congressman talks about being pushed to run for president.
21:37Copy video clip URL Cut to outside a storefront. Jose Rodriguez introduces his store, “Politically Correct Clothing,” and then tours the store with Eddie Becker. Rodriguez displays various politically themed t-shirts. Other t-shirt themes include environmentalism, peace, feminism, and animal rights.
28:00Copy video clip URL Rodriguez shows buttons for sale. He discusses the “Question Authority” button.
32:42Copy video clip URL Rodriguez shows bumper stickers for sale. They discuss bumper sticker collectors and then they discuss how Rodriguez began as a t-shirt collector.
34:51Copy video clip URL Cut to inside the press booth for a congressional hearing about confirming George Bush’s nomination of Robert Gates for director of the CIA. David Corn of The Nation walks into the booth. He talks with Pacifica Radio correspondent Maya Flynn about Mel Goodman’s performance during the hearing.
41:01Copy video clip URL Cut to Calvin Dooley, freshman congressman for the central part of California. He talks about his district and the qualities of a good president for the country. He thinks John Kerry and Bill Clinton could run. He talks about his background as a farmer in California and his experiences as a freshman congressman.
46:29Copy video clip URL He mentions that the three biggest issues facing his constituents are: “Water, water, and water.” He talks about the impact of drought on California’s agriculture economy and his Drought Relief Act. He also refers to his skill set as a farmer on the Agriculture Committee.
53:13Copy video clip URL Becker asks Dooley about specific compromises he has had to make. He names the sustainable timber harvest in the Sequoia National Forest. The camera pans around his office. They talk about his furnishings and then discuss how committees and lobbyists function in congress and how it’s important for public servants to be accountable to their constituents.
1:05:06Copy video clip URL Dooley talks about campaign finance contributions from lobbyists and political action committees. Becker asks him how much time he dedicates to running his campaign and how much time he dedicates to legislating. Dooley replies that campaigning is something that’s always in the back of his mind, but that it’s necessary to keep a balance.
1:11:16Copy video clip URL Dooley’s beeper goes off to remind him that he has a vote in ten minutes. He continues to talk about campaign finance reform. Becker asks him how “exportable” our form of (finance-based) democracy is. Dooley reiterates the need for campaign finance reform. They single out Rick Santorum as a good grassroots organizer.
1:17:39Copy video clip URL Cut to inside a dark classroom. Professor Rustum Roy talks about how U.S. technology has been destroyed by competing markets in Japan and Germany. He refers to several overhead projector slides which show the trade deficits for several technologies. The U.S. is only doing well in airplane and chemical technologies. Roy suggests that high technology is a poor alternative to smoke-stack technologies and that globalization of trade has hurt the U.S. economy. He emphasizes the need for a large savings pool so as to reinvest in new manufacturing plants.
1:23:30Copy video clip URL Roy says that the next president will have to face a morass in technology and that public funds toward science should promote the public good. He attempts his presentation several times.
1:30:06Copy video clip URL Encoder paused to clean tape heads.
1:30:21Copy video clip URL Return to Roy’s presentation.
1:30:53Copy video clip URL Cut to the director of Citizens Against PACs. Becker asks him to explain the role of political action committees (PACs) and wealthy individuals in government: “It places money power over people power.” He describes how money influences politics and then turns to the capital gains tax.
1:36:24Copy video clip URL They discuss the first round of campaign finance reform after the Watergate Scandal in 1974. He believes the most important element of PACs is that each one has its own self-interest, and these self-interests “Balkanizes the American political system and makes it almost impossible to pass legislation in the general public interest.”
1:42:15Copy video clip URL He talks about corruption: “Another poisonous effect I think the PACs have–or the present campaign finance system has–is that it invites wholesale corruption of the congress…” They move onto a discussion of contributions from savings and loan companies.
1:46:53Copy video clip URL Cut to inside a political memorabilia and numismatics shop. The owner watches a John F. Kennedy speech on television.
1:47:39Copy video clip URL Cut to inside a shopping mall. Jim Moreland, owner of Political Americana, tours the shop for Becker. Moreland notes that younger people tend to collect Nixon memorabilia. He displays several other presidential memorabilia.
1:58:36Copy video clip URL Cut to a recording of a presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
1:59:54Copy video clip URL Cut back to inside Political Americana. Moreland and another staff member show a satiric newspaper about Dan Quayle. They talk about Quayle and show a Bush-Quayle poster.
2:03:43Copy video clip URL End of tape.