26 to Go: What Republicans have done, Part I

Here’s a (partial) list of things Republicans have done over the last four years, despite the fact that they continue to ask that you vote for them. (And for those who are supposedly on our side, but who insist that Democrats are “just as bad,” I would note that “the Democrats” haven’t initiated anything near as odious as these…)

    • In October  2013, they shut down the government for 17 days, and claimed they were doing it to get Democrats to repeal Obamacare, which could not happen because signups had already begun. In addition, this stunt by these “fiscal conservatives” cost taxpayers $24 billion. (Source) When the vote to reopen the government was held, 144 Republicans voted to keep it closed, even though everyone would be paid everything they were owed. (Source)
    • That same 144 House Republicans who voted to keep the government closed also voted to default on the national debt, which would have ruined the credit of the United States. This is not just bad fiscal policy, but also a violation of the Constitution they swore to uphold. (Source, includes a list of names, most of whom want to be reelected.)
    • They cut funding for Benghazi security. which more than likely led to the security problems that these same Republicans have been using as a political football for two years, in a lame attempt to blame Obama. (Source)
    • The only possible reason we may have a more difficult time fighting the Ebola virus is because Republicans have cut more than $600 million from the budgets of federal health agencies, especially the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For example, in 2011, the GOP cur $156 million from the CDC’s budget for immunization and respiratory diseases. (Source) Overall, the CDC’s budget, which was $6.467 billion for fiscal year 2010, had dropped to $5.432  billion for fiscal year 2013, post-sequester, before the first budget to pass in more than five years restored some of the cuts, to $5.882 billion. (Source)
    • Republicans also attempted to cut funding to fight Ebola a months ago. (Source) Thankfully, the level of funding was later restored.
    • Republicans have also rejected several Surgeon General nominees, so we have no Surgeon General as we start seeing Ebola cases and we head into flu season. (Source)
    • Many (certainly not all) of the problems the Secret Service has experienced in recent years can be lain at the feet of Republicans, whose sequester cuts have forced the agency to cut staff by 550 in recent years, thus leaving it below “optimum levels.” (Source)
    • At the same time they campaign on a claim that we haven’t recovered from the Great Recession, which they caused, Republicans cut $39 billion from Food Stamps. (Source)
    • The number of outbreaks of incidences of foodborne illness have increased precipitously in recent years, and one of the main reasons is the massive cutting by Republicans, including massive cuts to the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), as well as the FDA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which takes a strong role in testing ocean waters for safety, especially in the wake of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (Source)

This is (part)) of their record. At what point do we make voters understand that a vote for these people is a vote for these types of policies. This and my article detailing what they’ve done to the states they’re in charge of point to the entire party being a disaster. There is no way these people should be winning. And make no mistake; they don’t win because so many people vote for them, they win because too many people stay home.

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