The Star Exponent’s July 27th editorial sums up what this election is all about: voters want new ideas and solutions, not more of the rehashed rhetoric that we have all seen before. Mr. Nick Freitas, who is Chairman of the Culpeper County Republican Committee, suggests in his August 21st Op-Ed, that for the Republican side, nothing has changed except for who is running.
The House of Representatives, led by the Republican Party, currently has the lowest ratings in its history. It has passed the least amount of legislation, addressed fewer of the country’s economic and business problems, installed the draconian Sequestration that is eroding the country’s military infrastructure and creating great holes in the Virginia budget, and continues to grandstand against the Affordable Care Act with more than 50 futile votes to repeal it.
Mr. Freitas rolls out the same old tired platitudes that we have heard for the last four years and fails to show us that the Republican candidate has any solutions to offer to this partisan deadlock. All Dave Brat offers is an endless repetition of conservative “greatest hits” and a promise of more partisanship. Partisanship is not the answer.
On health care issues, Mr. Freitas suggests the Republican candidate will vote to scrap ACA so that the public can return to being sold junk health insurance policies with lifetime limits, small coverages, and great profits for the industry. Meanwhile, $5 million dollars a day in taxes and fees that Virginians pay go to support health care in other states. We should appreciate the good health care Kentuckians and Californians are getting with Virginia money.
Mr. Freitas’ discussion of the most recent media coverage of immigration issues is misleading at best, if not downright false in its description of current efforts to solve our immigration problems. The Bush Administration’s “Trafficking in Victims Protection Act” of 2008, passed almost unanimously in the House, requires the Border Patrol to take child immigrants who aren’t from Mexico into custody, screen them, and transfer them to the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Mr. Freitas suggests the Republican candidate will gut protections for trafficking in children or certainly not pay for the requirements of the Bush Administration legislation. Does the candidate really agree with Mr. Freitas that the problem comes not from the Bush Administration law but has been manufactured by President Obama? No wait, he says these children are under the control of narco-cartels. Seriously?
And then there is the bow to limited constitutional government. Like the regulations the Republican Party wants to place between a woman and her health professional. With the support of the Supreme Court, limited constitutional government now allows a business to stand between a woman and her doctor. Both the Democratic and Libertarian candidates support the right of any woman to make her own health decisions with her doctor without interference by our elected politicians.
In contrast, Jack Trammell has dedicated his professional and personal life to solving problems. His ability to work well with others has resulted in the implementation of service learning programs. He has published several books and numerous professional works. In Orange, Louisa, and other counties, Jack has spoken about wanting to improve the economy by “… addressing not just employment rates, but the type of jobs and the type of life for people in the 7th District.” He also wants to see a “more commonsense transportation policy and initiative … in the 7th District to help with economic growth.”
Jack says that education of our children is a perennial issue, and that legislators need to address issues ranging from student loan reform to special education. In the case of loan reform, he supports improving disclosure and other “low-hanging fruit” that could be accomplished easily if it weren’t for an obstructionist Congress
Summarizing that … “what people in the district are most concerned about right now, it’s jobs, transportation and education … they want to see people in Congress who will look out for their interests and won’t obstruct the wheels of progress.”
Jack Trammell offers the people of the 7th District new ideas and approaches to solve our many problems and that is why he deserves your vote this November.
Culpeper County Democratic Committee