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“To say we’re all being played by House and Senate Republicans and the Trump administration when it comes to the deficit is my polite way of saying that the GOP is operating the federal equivalent of a huge budget bunco game.“
By now, nobody should be surprised when the Republican Party violates its claims of fiscal rectitude. Increasing the deficit — through big tax cuts, mostly for the rich — has been the defining feature of the party’s economic policy for decades. When Paul Ryan and other Republicans call themselves fiscal conservatives, they’re basically doing a version of the old Marx Brothers bit: “Who ya gonna believe, me or your own eyes?”
House Speaker Paul Ryan downplayed the need for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force for a military strike on Syria, repeating his longstanding position that he thinks President Donald Trump "has the authority under the existing AUMF" from 2001.
Ohio’s delegation to the U.S. Congress began reacting Friday night on social media to President Trump’s announcement of coordinated airstrikes in Syria.
The Eighth District of Ohio has been represented in Washington by Republicans for the last 80 years. Our cities are crumbling, while jobs and industry move overseas. But the Republican Party is now the Party of Trump – they have sacrificed their principles and credibility to toady for an autocrat. Mr. Trump has neither the knowledge, experience, nor the temperament to be president of the United States. He flouts our democratic norms and traditions, denigrates the rule of law and debases our standing in the world on a daily basis.
Republicans in Congress are expected to fulfill their oversight responsibility as a check on the tendencies of an imperial president. Instead, they have been willing accomplices in Trump's attacks on the Justice Department and the FBI. They are engaged in a misguided attempt to distract attention and delegitimize the efforts of the Special Counsel, who is building the case against Trump & Co.
As long as quislings like Warren Davidson hold a majority in Congress, Trump will continue to enrich himself, his family and his associates at the public trough. He will rule as a king who believes the government must serve his personal interests and grudges, instead of the rule of law and the American people. The damage he and others are doing will affect our national alliances and prestige on the world stage for generations to come.
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As a catholic, I find abortion abhorrent on religious and ethical grounds. We should do everything in our power to make abortion rare, including free contraception and sex education. Currently, 90% of all abortions in the US are performed within the first trimester. Only 1.3% of all abortions are performed after 20 weeks and Ohio does not permit abortion after that point unless the life of the mother is in danger. Virtually all abortions past 24 weeks are performed for very severe birth defects. I support existing Ohio law and would vote accordingly at the federal level, if elected.
Political posturing and Pie-in-the-Sky tax cuts are bringing back the cycle of boom and bust, so painfully familiar under Republican control. We must get our fiscal house in order and lay the foundation for sustainable prosperity through investments in our crumbling roads, power grid, airports and other federally funded infrastructure.
Our natural environment and public resources, including the National Parks, are part of our American heritage. The only entities powerful enough to stand up to private developers are state and federal governments. We must protect our aquifers, clean air and the environmental patrimony bequeathed to the citizens of Ohio and the United States.
Neither the state of Ohio nor the federal government can deny rights to one group of citizens which another group enjoys, without a legitimate and very pressing reason. This concept is enshrined in the Equal Protection clause of the US Constitution. Our Founding documents guarantee life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to all, yet denied these rights to slaves. An estimated 30% of the laborers who built the Capitol were African American, an ethnic group which went on to participate in every war, important era and step forward in our history. The federal government must be color blind in all its endeavors and operations in order to fulfill our nation's promise of liberty and justice for all.
Crime is at its lowest level in decades because technology has made it easier to apprehend and convict criminals. However, drug addiction is soaring. It's an indictment of the inequality and lack of opportunity for too many members of society. We ought to support treatment and sobriety for those who are ready for a change and a better life.
At the same time, we must protect our neighborhoods and families from the lawlessness and violence which are endemic to addiction.
An estimated 22% of gun sales do not involve a background check because they are sold privately from one person to another, on the internet or at a gun show. I don’t believe that the gun owners of Ohio would knowingly sell one of their firearms to someone with mental problems or a violent past. We ought to formalize this common sense with legislation. Let’s make background checks for gun sales universal and let's renew the Brady ban on assault weapons and magazines over 10 rounds.
We must strengthen and stabilize Medicaid and the ACA exchanges, upon which millions depend for healthcare. We should maintain portability of coverage, care for pre-existing conditions, elimination of lifetime and annual limits on coverage, and the requirement that private insurers spend at minimum 85% of premiums on health care.
We ought to also provide a viable Public Option as an alternative to high priced private insurance.
We are a nation of immigrants and we are stronger and more talented because of the immigrants who have fought and made tremendous sacrifice to get to our shores. We must ensure a path to citizenship for Dreamers who were brought here as children, followed the rules, and know no other nation as their home. But we are also a nation of laws. We must enforce our immigration laws and deport undocumented immigrants who commit serious crimes.
Veterans have made sacrifices many of us cannot even imagine. They deserve our loyalty and gratitude for their efforts on behalf of the nation. The Dayton VA, originally known as the Central Branch, was the preeminent veteran’s care facility in the nation; created to deal with veterans’ issues after the Civil war. We must make the Dayton VA perform at the cutting edge of technology, outcomes and satisfaction among veterans.
The workers of Ohio can beat any competitor in a fair competition. Investors historically put money to work in the United States because of political and economic stability. They knew their factories and mines were not going to be nationalized or destroyed in a revolution or coup d’etat. But beginning in the early 1970s, the US and Ohio in particular, saw much of our manufacturing base move overseas. Our military has been used to make the entire world safe for investment and industrial production. Multinationals reap the benefits of producing in countries with low wages, cheap raw materials, and lax regulation; making the American taxpayer shoulder the cost of their global security. This is an investor’s dream: reap the benefits and let someone else pay the cost. It's the ultimate ”Corporate welfare.”
Tony Benn once wrote that “All war represents a failure of diplomacy.” Disputes can be substantially reduced by including all stakeholders in negotiations. Defense and diplomacy work hand in hand and allow our nation to negotiate from a position of strength. But this strength comes at a cost: Defense makes up 18% of our budget, the largest portion of discretionary spending. By comparison, foreign aid is just 1% and this modest amount goes a long way toward fostering national alliances and projecting American influence. We must spend wisely to respond appropriately to new realities. Currently, we maintain a military empire which subsidizes multinational corporations; many of which pay no US taxes. Religious and ethnic terrorism will continue to challenge us into the foreseeable future and attacks like 9/11 highlight how dangerous the world really is. We must remain vigilant, effectively utilizing our vast Intelligence capability. Russia's attacks on our last election and their proven potential to cripple infrastructure highlight the importance of Cyber security in a dangerous new world where threats come not only by ship or air, but also over the internet. I propose increasing cyber defense capability at military installations like Wright Patterson.
Warren Davidson is a protégé of Jim Jordan, with whose help he was elected after John Boehner retired. These men are anarchists and would like nothing better than to shrink the government to a size where it can be “drowned in a bathtub.” They promote Trickle-Down, "Supply Side" economic policies, which put money in the pockets of millionaires and Big Business in the form of tax cuts and preferential treatment; hoping that they will invest here, creating jobs and economic growth. But these corporations and wealthy individuals have time and again invested their money overseas; creating jobs and growth in China, India and other low-wage countries. According to the Office of Management and Budget, in 1950 corporations paid $3 in taxes for every $1 paid by a worker. Today they pay 22 cents for every $1 paid by a worker. We need to create policies which tax fairly and invest in our middle class, because when they do well, everyone benefits. The most recent tax cut continues the Republican strategy of "helping" the middle class by cutting their benefits and giving more to those at the very top. Our tax code has been rigged to help the wealthy, who need help the least. It makes sense to ask those who have received all the benefits of the growth of the last 45 years to pay their fair share.
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