Issues that should be addressed in 2014

mitch mcconnell
mitch mcconnell

So we are coming to another mid-term election cycle and my district, NY District 21, just lost our incumbent, Bill Owens. He has decided that he doesn’t want to run. The race is on!

The Republicans are promoting Elise Stefanik, a 29 year old Tea Partier extreme conservative. She was a Bush aide and was on the Paul Ryan “Joe Biden Beat Me Up” debate team. She is way more conservative than the people in this district!! People in this district are hurting. The economic downturn has really done harm to businesses and opportunities in northern New York. What should a candidate be pushing? Certainly not the dissolution of Social Security and Medicare that Paul Ryan, Elise Stefanik, et al are pushing. We should be pushing job creation.

I am always astounded that companies that outsource our jobs continue to get huge tax credits in this nation. Totally flummoxed by this. In my view, once you refuse to support American workers, you should lose any government breaks. On the other hand, tax credits should be created for companies that bring jobs back to our shores, especially if they locate their companies in areas that need employment, such an northern NY. The money from companies that have outsourced our workers in the form of fair taxes could be used to create job programs in areas and fields where there is need, and to help students work off their student loan debt. This is something that I think all north country residents could get behind. Who doesn’t resent corporations who send our jobs overseas, yet still get tax breaks. And why do they? Because they contribute to the campaigns of their Congressional representatives. Maybe we should have our Congress people wear the logos of those who have purchased their votes proudly, as NASCAR drivers wear the logos of their sponsors. Good idea? There is an online petition for this now.

NY 21 Congressional District – a 29 year old Tea Partier???

Elise Stefanik, 29 years old and the daughter of a local business person in the area, is aggressively running for Congress. Her claims to fame were being an aide in the Bush administration and being on the Paul Ryan debate team. I don’t know that I would mention the first, if I were in her shoes, and the second is laughingly embarrassing. Who doesn’t remember the humiliation of Paul Ryan’s VP debate?

I am continually amazed that Tea Partiers don’t realize that the majority of Americans do not want what they are offering. A large majority of Americans support Social Security and Medicare, two things the Tea Party extremists do not support. This district, while rural and somewhat conservative, is not extreme. This is not Alabama. Ms. Stefanik is supposed to be smart. She should know that. Two million dollars later, she will be crying in her tea, soundly defeated. We are not the Deep South here.