Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Better than the election returns: U. S. Senate Candidate Sauerberg on Immigration, Free Trade and School Choice, Cable and Streaming

The "Public Affairs," show with U. S. Senate candidate Dr. Steve Sauerberg (R-Willowbrook) airs in 24 suburbs tonight at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 and 35 (Comcast); See below for a detailed airing schedule, by village or suburb.
The show with Republican U. S. Senate Candidate Sauerberg, taped on Feb. 17, 2008, is now available for viewing on your computer.
More about the show with Dr. Sauerberg, including a summary of topics covered and partial transcipts this episode of "Public Affairs,' is included here and here.
The show with State Rep. and possible gubernatorial candidate Hamos is now available for viewing on your computer .
Our show with State Rep. Hamos also airs this week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka. For more about this show, including a partial transcript of the show, go here.
A partial transcript of tonight's show with Republican U. S. Senate candidate Dr. Sauerberg is included, below:

Solutions to illegal immigration?

Jeff Berkowitz: What’s the key element to solving the illegal immigration problem?

Dr. Steve Sauerberg: I think to understand that the numbers have gotten out of control. And, that we need to give people reasons to leave this country on their own and see what it does to this nation in terms of our economics and everything. And, then hopefully maybe we’ll have a worker’s program, maybe we won’t. I don’t know. But, the people of this nation have asked very clearly for us to control our borders, decrease the number of illegal immigrants in this country and then see where we’re going from there. And, I support the public’s opinion on this one.

Jeff Berkowitz: …Have you decided, since you as a U. S. Senator will have a vote, whether you favor a fence across the southern border, for instance.

Dr. Steve Sauerberg: Well, I think the fence in many areas has been felt to be the best option and I would support that.

Jeff Berkowitz: Drones, too?

Dr. Steve Sauerberg: If that’s the best option in a certain location, [if] that’s what the experts feel, I will support that, as well.

Jeff Berkowitz: Raising penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants, would you do that?

Dr. Steve Sauerberg: Yes sir, Yes sir, I would.

Should we have more or less Free Trade?

Jeff Berkowitz: Should we have more or less free trade?

Dr. Steve Sauerberg: The same is fine.

Jeff Berkowitz: The current amount. You wouldn’t change it?

Dr. Steve Sauerberg: The current amount is reasonable, you bet.

Jeff Berkowitz: Would you view yourself as a free trader?

Dr. Steve Sauerberg: Yes.

School Vouchers, Charter Schools and school choice

Jeff Berkowitz: [Should we have] more or less parental choice in deciding where kids go to school?

Dr. Steve Sauerberg: I think if we don’t start doing better we’re going to need more parental choice and I think that’s probably the way to go here. I think we’ve seen various areas have variable degrees of success with school choice, charter schools, etc.

Jeff Berkowitz: Charter schools and school vouchers?

Dr. Steve Sauerberg: You bet. …it has been somewhat depending on where they’ve done it. But I think we need to continue to expand it and research it. I mean there is some science in this world that can be useful. This is something that can be researched. We can see how useful it is. Then we can move forward with some real documentation and evidence for our decisions. That’s what we need to do here; use a little science.

Jeff Berkowitz: But, there has been a lot of research done. Carolyn Hoxby at Harvard (with appointments in both the school of Economics and Dept. of Education) looked at a large number of studies and concluded school choice does work. There are people who argue against that but it does seem like the empirical evidence is (1) substantial and (2) leans, some would say, substantially on the side, with the notion, that parental involvement, school choice—whether it be charter schools, school vouchers—works pretty well. [Ed. Note: Hoxby has left Harvard and now is a Professor at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution; For additional empirical evidence of the efficacy of school vouchers and school choice, see Herbert Wahlberg’s book on Findings regarding School Choice].

Dr. Steve Sauerberg: I think it probably works more often than it doesn’t. And…you need to continue to study and prove your case up that this is really the way to go. I think it probably can be done but I think to continue to study this is the appropriate thing to do. If there is some controversy left in this, let’s resolve it. Let’s continue to study it as we go forward. And eventually, hopefully, we’ll have real strong answers for people so they know really what works for sure and then maybe everybody gets on board, whatever that answer is.
Tonight's regular suburban episode of Public Affairs with guest Dr. Steve Sauerberg (R-Willowbrook) airs in its regular Tuesday night time slot:

at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette

And at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview,Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search,
can be reached at JBCG@aol.com. You may watch "Public Affairs," shows with Presidential Candidates Obama and McCain-- and many other pols, as well as tonight's 24 suburb edition of Public Affairs with U. S. Senate Candidate Dr. Sauerberg, our show with Sen. Rauschenberger and our show with Crain's political columnist Greg Hinz at www.PublicAffairsTv.com
Recently posted shows on the Public Affairs Youtube page include, among others, our show with former Sen. Rauschenberger, assessing Barack Obama, tonight's show in 24 suburbs with Republican U.S. Senate nominee Dr. Steve Sauerberg, discussing his opponent--Senator Durbin-- and domestic, cultural and foreign policy issues, this week's show in ten North Shore suburbs featuring State Rep. Julie Hamos (D-Evanston,IL), discussing Barack Obama, as well as various Illinois Budget issues (spending, mass transit, capital budget, education, gaming and taxes) and possible 2010 Illinois gubernatorial candidates and 2010 U. S. Senate candidates (assuming Obama moves up to President in 2008) , a discussion with State's Attorney for Cook County Republican nominee Tony Peraica; and Anita Alvarez, Chief Deputy to current State's Attorney for Cook County Dick Devine and now the Democratic nominee for State's Attorney of Cook County.