Margie Van Me­ter

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - PERSPECTIVE -

Saratoga Springs

GOP poli­cies fa­vor rich over the work­ing class

Most of the Repub­li­cans I know are hard-work­ing Amer­i­cans who make their liv­ing through what they earn in a pay­check or as small busi­ness own­ers. I am a farmer and busi­ness owner. I be­lieve in fis­cal con­ser­vatism. I am call­ing out the Repub­li­can lead­er­ship in Congress, which pre­tends to of­fer fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity, while driv­ing the coun­try into debt.

For the last 35 years, Repub­li­can tax pol­icy ef­fec­tively re­dis­tributed wealth from the pock­ets of the work­ing class into the cof­fers of the wealthy. The Repub­li­cans cre­ate mas­sive debt by pro­vid­ing huge tax breaks for the wealth­i­est Amer­i­cans. That debt will need to be paid and it will come from our pock­ets; money we should be in­vest­ing in our fu­ture. The wealthy will in­vest their tax sav­ings for their own en­rich­ment. They will not be in­vest­ing to re­pair roads, im­prove hos­pi­tals and schools, or any of those things Amer­ica needs to help build a bet­ter fu­ture for our chil­dren. Re­pay­ment of

All elec­torate should be ‘health care voter’

Health care is a top con­cern of vot­ers this year. Much is at stake in this elec­tion, es­pe­cially for those of us with pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions or whose loved ones have pre­ex­ist­ing con­di­tions. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ac­tions on health care, and con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans’ vows to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act en­dan­ger our cov­er­age and drive up costs for fam­i­lies across the coun­try. They could put mil­lions across the coun­try at risk for los­ing their cov­er­age.

Like other mem­bers of Moms Ris­ing, I en­cour­age every­one to be a health care voter. We all need to hold our lead­ers ac­count­able for the ac­tions they’ve taken to try to roll back health care. We need to vote for can­di­dates who will pro­tect the gains we’ve made in cov­er­age and who will work to make sure that every­one has ac­cess to qual­ity, af­ford­able health care cov­er­age. No one should be fooled by Repub­li­can politi­cians who are now try­ing to dis­tance them­selves from the ac­tions they took to

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