LETTER: Another perspective on GOP statements
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Now that local political conventions have started and we are into the primary campaign season, I look forward to engaging in freedoms that make our country great – free speech and freedom of the press – and debating the issues in a civil non-threatening manner.
So, let's start with the GOP column in the May 4 Enterprise. Space doesn't allow addressing all their statements, so I will look at several of their talking points and provide another perspective, based on facts and not opinions.
GOP statement: “We Republicans are focused on improving lives and preserving liberty.”
Fact: Called to action by Trump, thousands of his supporters gathered in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 5 and 6 to support his false claim that the 2020 election had been "stolen by emboldened radical-left Democrats" and to demand that Vice President Mike Pence and Congress reject Biden's victory.
After bringing some 60 lawsuits, many judged by Trump-appointed judges and elections overseen by GOP election officials, Mr. Trump and his allies failed to prove any case of illegal voting.
A bipartisan Senate report found that at least seven people had lost their lives in connection with the Jan. 6 attack. And reports by police officials indicated that about 140 officers were injured.
To this day, Kevin McCarthy and Republican leaders try to ignore and even lie about the events of that day.
GOP statement: “Government was not created to provide people with health care, housing, jobs, etc. That is the job of a free market economy.”
Fact: A “free market” economy? The GOP has no problem handing out corporate welfare to multimillion-dollar companies. Consider the fossil fuel industry, one of the most profitable and privileged sectors of the economy. Every year, oil companies get to deduct millions of dollars from their tax bills for the cost of new wells, oil exploration, and other drilling and mining expenses. It's been estimated that repealing these special tax breaks would save taxpayers $39 billion over 10 years.
But when it comes to extending the child tax credit for low- and middle-income families, or providing health insurance tax credits for low income individuals, or subsidized housing for people working two jobs or minimum wage jobs, the GOP rejects the idea as “adding to the deficit.”
GOP statement: “Price ceilings, business restrictions in the name of questionable climate change are not in the interest of a strong economy.”
Fact: The science is unmistakable. Climate change is real and no longer “questionable.” The facts are undeniable.
I am of the age that I will not suffer the real pains of climate change. But I am thinking of my kids and grandkids.
We cannot always make decisions based on business concerns and the economy. If gas at $4 a gallon leads us to make decisions to reduce and eliminate fossil fuels in favor of green energy, then it has to be worth it. We cannot keep pushing the can down the road, we have to start now.
GOP statement: “Republicans are focused on improving peoples’ lives. We want you to join us in that mission. Vote red in 2022.”
Fact: If you truly want to improve peoples' lives, like past Democratic programs have – Social Security, Medicare, Affordable Care Act, Federal Highway Act, national parks – then vote in your best self-interest and help Democrats protect these programs for you, your children and grandchildren. Vote blue in '22.