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Extremist Republicans Ignore Our Needs and Values

It is easy to identify what extremist Republicans, including U.S. Congressmen David Rouzer and Ted Budd, are against. The list is long and shameful.

They voted AGAINST these popular measures: 1) Access to Baby Formula Act, 2) Affordable Insulin Now Act, 3) Enhanced Background Checks Act, 4) Honoring Our PACT Act to provide medical assistance to veterans exposed to toxins, and 5) Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act. They are masters at pointing out problems Americans are facing. But enacting real solutions to help us? That’s a hard NO.

Rouzer and Budd also voted against certifying the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election, against a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection, and against protecting voting rights. They consistently choose party over county, minority rule over majority wants, and money and power over their constituents’ needs.

So, what are extremist Republicans FOR? Raising taxes on millions of working class Americans! See Rick Scott’s plan to “Rescue America.” (Scott runs the National Republican Senatorial Committee.) The plan sunsets Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as well. Republicans also favor controlling women’s personal healthcare decisions, banning books, and making it harder to vote.

Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly, such as Representative Frank Iler, are in lock-step with the national GOP. They are notorious for underfunding the health care and educational needs of their electorate, while doling out tax cuts to wealthy corporations.

We can stop the Republican Party’s obstructionism and neglect; its march toward authoritarianism and minority rule. Let’s vote for people who will work to pass meaningful legislation that represents their constituents’ needs and interests. Cheri Beasley for U.S. Senate, Charles Graham for U.S. House of Representatives, and Eric Terashima for NC General Assembly are committed to doing just that.

Shelley Allen

Holden Beach


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