As a Bernie supporter, I was disappointed that he didn’t win the nomination in the primaries. I have been encouraged that his candidacy brought much what he stood for into the Democratic Party Platform like campaign finance reform, clean energy to fight climate change, etc. So even if I feel somewhat lukewarm toward Hillary, I feel strongly about what can be accomplished by supporting her at the polls. I do realize that much of how I perceive her has been programmed into my brain through decades of right-wing attacks and endless “investigations” by the Republican Party. They created lots of smoke with very little fire.
Much good has come from the past eight years of Obama’s two terms in the White House. The one that has had the greatest impact on my family is Obamacare. We were getting hosed by the insurance industry for health coverage until we qualified for coverage through the Obamacare marketplace. According to her web site, Hillary plans to improve Obamacare by making it universal and affordable. Link: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/health-care/
In contrast, the Republicans have voted more than 60 times to repeal or defund Obamacare and replace it with either nothing or with worthless “vouchers” for Americans to purchase health coverage from an industry that is only interested in making money for shareholders and overpaid CEOs.
The GOP still believe in what Bush Sr. once called “Voodoo Economics.” Tax cuts for the extremely wealthy do NOT “Trickle Down” to the rest of us. They go to the politicians who passed them as “campaign contributions.” This is how those tax cuts affect the Middle Class … The Koch Brothers pay less taxes. The Feds have less money for public education and cuts funding for the states for education. The states now have less funding for public education, so they send less money to local school districts for educational programs and general upkeep. Local school boards have to raise property taxes to make up the difference. This is how the Middle Class ends up subsidising the Koch Brothers. Because of “Citizens United,” the Koch Brothers are free to purchase politicians with a portion of what they saved with their tax cuts.
Since I feel strongly that this is bigger than just who gets into the White House, I encourage you to pull the lever for ALL DEMOCRATS.
The Republicans have been obstructionists and even if Hillary Clinton wins, they have vowed to block everything, including a continuation of refusing to interview Supreme Court Justice nominees. On a local level, the Republicans have Gerrymandered themselves into permanent jobs. The district borders are built around their very narrow base.
Until enough of them are voted out, this will not change. Even if a “Yellow Dog” or “Pet Rock” is running against a GOP candidate, vote for the “Yellow Dog” or “Pet Rock.”
This is up to you!
— Ed Courrier