Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Opinion

July 8, 2014

We the People: American women, be informed and vote

CROSSVILLE — Voting for today’s Republican Party and its Tea Party members, means you are voting against more than most realize.  This is especially true for women.

For their own questionable reasons, the Republicans in the House of Representatives, (which is supposed to represent all voters) have recently voted to reduce Veteran’s benefits, including those of disabled vets. This at the same time many Republicans' are pushing for more war. They want to go back to Iraq, but are also aiming for Syria, Iran, North Korea and even Russia! These elected Congressional folks never send their children off to die in some foreign land, and somehow manage to become millionaires by investing in wars they helped plan.

Dick Cheney's Halliburton is said to have made $38 billion from our invasion of Iraq. If we had a decent and working Congress, Halliburton and other war profiteers would be taxed at 75 percent, with the proceeds going to the Veteran's Administration to aid all veterans past and present.

Voting Republican today (today's GOP is not your dad's) means voting for many Tea Party members who think anything that helps the working class is wasteful. They vote against jobs, climate protections, health care coverage, educating kids, rebuilding bridges, roads, piers, etc. They also think Social Security, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, prisons, unemployment compensation, the post office and public education are wasteful social programs and want to privatize them all.

The few respectable Republicans in the House refuse to stand up to the Tea Party, regardless of the good it would do for the working class. They even vote against raising the minimum wage,  knowing the average $8 wage earner today cannot possibly support themselves, let alone a family, without Government programs of one type or another to help. All the while many corporations who hire and pay these low wage workers make billions in profits.

Forty-one senators who are (roughly) paid $172 an hour voted that American workers are not worth at least $10.10 an hour!

And, ladies, what about women's rights? Every single Republican in teh Senate voted against equal pay for women. Every single one. These Republicans intend to put women back in their "place," namely 1850's style, in every way possible, including wages.
Distain for women? No equal pay for same jobs, nor the right to "choose," even if impregnated by rape or by incest, even if the victim is a child only 10 years old.

And now, Hobby Lobby. The recent Supreme Court decision by Republican-appointed judges (5-4) takes aim at birth control methods for women. There will be no right to receive employer-provided health care benefits as birth control while male Hobby Lobby workers receive Viagra and vasectomies. Anything pertaining to women's health or reproduction rights should not be in the power of a man, any man! The Supreme Court should reflect the population of our country. There ought to be five women on the Court.

The "War against Women" is, truly, America's longest war. It will continue indefinitely, affecting your daughters and granddaughters, unless women decide to stop sending people to Washington who want to limit their basic human rights. They can only do that by actually voting this November (and again in 2016).

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This column represents alternative thoughts to other published columns in the Crossville Chronicle. "We the People" is published each Wednesday. Opinions expressed in "We the People" columns are not necessarily those of the Crossville Chronicle publisher, editor or staff. For more information, contact John Wund, coordinator, at jwund@frontiernet.net.

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