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September 18, 2012

Schreibman tops Chris Gibson on women's issues

As the time to vote draws near, we need to remember how money can run politics more than we can. Raising funds is a prominent (if not the dominant) task of getting elected. Raising issues is also crucial, but those efforts are subject to distortion and fear-mongering.

Social tensions have risen over time as power has skewed the distribution of wealth toward the top. The Clean Air Act has been undercut and weakened. Money-making Big Oil still gets tax break subsidies.

Incumbent Congressman Chris Gibson supported these changes. He also tries to depict Obamacare as a government takeover that will interfere with the doctor-patient relationship. That’s a distortion. It protects patient rights over insurance company rules that already interfere. Gibson invokes a boogieman image of government controlling us. But he voted to make Medicare a voucher program, and to defund Planned Parenthood to the detriment of women’s health care.

In contrast to such shell-game issues, Julian Schreibman is creatively involved in promoting healthy people and a healthy local economy. He opposes what more and more looks like Republican warfare on women’s issues.

Schreibman opposes federal subsidies for oil and gas. But Schreibman is fully focused on creative ways to support and grow local small business by investing more in our infrastructure. Significantly, this includes building up a network of broadband services throughout our rural area.

We all need to be aware and informed; aware that that there is a clear-thinking alternative to the fear-mongering of Chris Gibson. Schreibman is fully aware of the issues that will affect our community. Fracking is such an issue locally, and the consolidated input of corporate interests could potentially outgun the local voices of a scattered, if solid, opposition. Corporate money can buy a megaphone to loudly advocate a point of view, even if presented in a one-sided manner. That is why it is so important to note a candidate who is really tuned in.

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  • Schreibman tops Chris Gibson on women's issues

    As the time to vote draws near, we need to remember how money can run politics more than we can. Raising funds is a prominent (if not the dominant) task of getting elected. Raising issues is also crucial, but those efforts are subject to distortion and fear-mongering.

    September 18, 2012

  • Republicans feelentitled to allthey can garner

    An entitlement is a legal benefit available from the government to individuals who are within a defined category of recipients, such as needing insurance for unemployment or health services.

    September 4, 2012

  • Romney focuses on self; Obama emphasizes unity

    Mitt Romney criticizes President Obama for saying a person's success is rooted in his community, and is not all his alone. Romney belittles this with his belief in individual initiative. He is better at the put-down than the push-up.

    August 21, 2012

  • Romney shows little regard for common man

    The Republicans in Congress have voted over and over, 33 times, redundantly and uselessly, to rescind what they call Obamacare.

    August 7, 2012

  • Scouts' gay ban creates problem where none exists

    The Boy Scouts of America's "emphatic reaffirmation" of its vow to exclude any and all homosexuals from its hallowed ranks is ill-considered and pathetic, especially in view of its having reviewed the matter for two years.

    July 24, 2012

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