Bill Lucas
Why should I ever vote Republican again?
The Republicans held both houses from 1994 through 2006. From 2001 through 2006, they held all three branches of government. During their reign of incompetence, they lied this country into a war in Iraq costing us 4,408 precious military lives and costing $1.9 trillion dollars. The results were no weapons of mass destruction, no relevance to 9/11, and no democracy. On March 7, 2010 parliamentary elections were held in Iraq where the current prime minister Nouri al-Maliki lost. Yet, he refused to give up power, stalled the formation of a legitimate government, and forced a comprise to remain in power. Now he is busy eliminating his political enemies. So we replaced Saddam Hussein with another Saddam Hussein — only this one with political and cultural ties to Iran. Way to go, Republicans.
The Republican enacted the largest tax cut in history in 2001. Nothing wrong with that, but they did not cut spending correspondingly. This is like a corporation paying a dividend to its stockholders then turning around and borrowing money to pay for it. The old canard that cutting taxes pays for itself has proven to be false. So much for trickledown economics. Rather than trickle down, the wealth of this country has concentrated to the top 1 percent.
“From 2002-2007, the income of the top 1 percent grew 10 times faster the income of the bottom 90 percent,” according to “Wealth, Income, and Power” by G. William Domhoff.
When the rich get richer and spend millions lobbying congress and financing political races to rig the system in their favor — that is income redistribution.
The Republicans ran this economy into the ditch from 2006 to 2008. As late as the summer of 2008, both President Bush and candidate John McCain were claiming the fundamentals of this economy were good. By the fall, everyone in the world knew that was another lie and over 80,000 jobs were being lost per month. The bankers and Wall Street executives who are 99 percent Republican and 100 percent free marketers suddenly and temporarily became socialists begging to be bailed out by the taxpayers. The government they did not want to regulate them was now their sugar daddy.
The Republican party of today is dominated by right wing extremists who pursue policies to concentrate power in big business and take power away from private citizens. The Republican nomination process and debates are nothing more than circuses but only with clowns for acts. How can any sane person want these people back in power?
So what has President Obama done?
He stopped a recession from becoming a great depression.
He absolutely did not listen to the Republicans; instead he saved the American automobile industry and millions of downstream jobs associated with the automobile industry.
He absolutely did not take the Republican recommended Hoover approach toward our banking system.  He did the right thing to save the banks; but failed to extract concessions to prevent them from tanking the economy again.
We have had 24 months of private sector job creation.  More jobs than the Republicans created from 2001 to 2008.
The long term unemployed are resuming their job hunt.
Insurance companies can no longer deny you access to health care because of pre-existing conditions.
Children can remain on their parents’ health insurance until age 26.
Insurance companies can no longer kick you off their rolls because you get sick.
Insurance companies can no longer put lifetime caps on payouts.
He has decimated the Al Qaeda command and control with persistent drone strikes.  He strikes them in Yemen, Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan and where ever he finds them.
He killed Osama bin laden.
He cleaned up the mess the Republicans left him in Iraq and  is doing the same in Afghanistan.
His ignoring Republican calls to bomb, bomb, bomb Iran and Syria.
He has never lied this country into a war.
He has and will never put women’s healthcare in jeopardy.
We still have a long way to go.  But I will never give my vote to a Republican again because “past is prologue” and “repeating the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.”