The Stump Speech I’m Waiting to Hear

Cross Posted from Retire Garrett

This country is not for sale.  Despite actions by Republicans like Scott Garrett, this country is not for sale.  Since the inception of our Republic, special interests have attempted to curry favor with decision-makers in the political arena.  I can say now without fear of contradiction that like no time before, the stakes have never been higher, and the playing field has never been more tilted in their favor.

The combination of Citizens United and career politicians like Scott Garrett have created in Washington a situation in which the foxes are truly guarding the hen-house.  Representatives are sent to Washington to protect the interests of their constituents.  Many of these constituents have business interests that need protecting as well.  However, when the balance between protecting the interests of business and the needs of the people shifts so dramatically against the people, we cannot afford to remain silent.

This country was founded by a band of underdogs seeking freedom; Freedom from a monarch not interested in protecting his subjects, but rather using them as a source of revenue to be tapped into whenever necessary.  After almost 250 years, we have come full-circle.  The names and titles have changed, but the game remains the same.   The King has been replaced by the corporation; Colonial Governors are now Members of Congress.  The lot of the people however remains the same  – without a real say in the way in which we are governed.

Time and time again, Scott Garrett has sided with the needs of corporations over the needs of his constituents.  When Scott Garrett voted against The Affordable Care Act he was putting the interests of corporations ahead of the needs of his constituents.   The Affordable Care Act requires health insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions.  It requires that 80% of all health insurance premiums go to providing health care and not marketing, lobbying or paying bonuses to executives.  It allows children under the age of 26 to remain on their parents health care policy.   It closes the “donut hole” that keeps prescription medication for some seniors out of reach.  To cap it off, The Affordable Care Act actually reduces the deficit by $220 billion over ten years.

Scott Garrett is not looking for ways to make sure you and your family have access to affordable health care coverage.  He seeks to maintain the large profit-margin of the health insurance industry at our expense.

Scott Garrett opposes Wall Street Reform and as a chairman of a Financial Services Subcommittee has passed legislation to try to roll back consumer protections in order to maintain the maximum profitability of Wall Street.  Scott Garrett is supposed to protect Main Street from Wall Street.  Instead, he leaves us exposed to their exploitation.

Americans are hurting.  We need good paying jobs.  Instead of working with the administration to create these jobs through stimulus spending, he rails against deficits telling anyone who will listen that we need to get our financial house in order.  I ask you Mr. Garrett why weren’t you concerned with deficits when you voted for unpaid for wars, unpaid for tax breaks geared to the top 1 percent and voted for an unpaid for senior prescription drug benefit?  I say to Scott Garrett “stop playing political games with American jobs.  Fight for us, not the special interests.”

Scott Garrett would have you believe that tax cuts pay for themselves because money left in the hands of wealthy “job creators” will lead to an expanding economy and will thus through a broaden our economic base and bring more money into the Treasury.  In fact, the opposite has happened.  Both tax cuts during the Bush years widened our annual deficit.  Even Republican economists have finally admitted the truth.  Tax cuts do not pay for themselves.

Alan D. Viard, a former Bush Jr. White House economist said “Federal revenue is lower today than it would have been without the tax cuts. There’s really no dispute among economists about that.” “It’s logically possible” that a tax cut could spur sufficient economic growth to pay for itself, but there’s no evidence that these tax cuts would come anywhere close to that.”

Scott Garrett is not looking out for the interests of the average American taxpayer, unless the average American taxpayer earns more than $1 million per year.

The list is long and inglorious.   Whether it’s off-shore drilling, emergency health care benefits for 9/11 rescue workers, the proposed auto bailout, campaign finance reform, relief aid for hurricane victims or making education affordable, Scott Garrett always seems to side against the interests of the average American while protecting the interests of the large corporations that provide the funds to keep him in Congress.

Mr. Garrett, I say to you that “protecting the general welfare” does not just apply to corporate America.   Americans are hurting and you are not helping.  We have asked for your assistance and instead you have closed the door and shut us out.  No more, Mr. Garrett.  You are sent to Washington to represent us and you have clearly failed in this endeavor.

Ladies and gentlemen, I ask for your vote because we need a new voice and vision in this district.  We need a vision of possibility.  We need a voice seeking to protect us all.  We need a Congressman working to make all of our lives a little better, not just the people and corporations who contribute to Mr. Garrett’s political campaign.  I seek to be that voice.  Thank you.

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