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There is no argument, the U.S. Constitution says Government is created to promote the "general welfare" of its citizens.  Our well being is government's first purpose, not the conflicting purpose of promoting the growth of great wealth and power for the very rich.

This wealth seeks its own increase.  Seeking its own gain it spreads propaganda denying governments roll in promoting all our well being.  It's working.  The middle and working class do not seem to realize the Republican party is owned by big money.  Republican policies are transferring wealth upward by reducing taxes on the rich while extracting a greater sacrifice from those below.   Employee benefits like Social Security or Medicare are attacked for the benefit of corporate stock holders.  Republicans are trying, in the name of "small government," to make government ineffective by starving it of revenue, by shutting it down, by obstructing legislation, judicial appointments, ambassador appointments, and cabinet appointments.  Republican intentions are evidenced by Bush-Cheney and Romney-Ryan proposals ending Social Security and Medicare as we know them. The billionaire class is now awash in so much money they hardly know where to put it all while the middle class vanishes.

During passage of the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies and their Republican servants in congress waged a propaganda campaign demonizing government.  They play on the fears of conservative reactionaries who feel threatened by any expansion of government, even when that expansion makes their lives and the lives of ordinary citizens better and more secure.

Contrary to Republican propaganda about the Affordable Care Act, Paul Krugman of the New York Times points out "the news on health reform keeps coming in, and it keeps being more favorable than even the supporters expected. We already knew that the number of Americans without insurance is dropping fast, even as the growth in health care costs moderates. Now we have evidence that the number of Americans experiencing financial distress due to medical expenses is also dropping fast.  All this is utterly at odds with dire predictions that reform would lead to declining coverage and soaring costs."

Will those law makers and corporations be held accountable for misleading the public about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before they can undercut a range of other programs?  Will any of the people claiming that Obamacare is doomed to utter failure revise their position? You know the answer.

Having succeeded at structurally undermining the US budget (Bush tax cuts for the rich during war time), Republicans have armed themselves with arguments for ending Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as we know them.  Republican budget proposals make their intentions clear as do cutbacks in food stamps, government funding for cancer research, the control of infectious disease, the denial of Medicade expansion, and the promise to eliminate Affordable Health Care, the ACA.

During President Obama's time, Republican obstructionism demonstrates a willingness to harm the US economy as a whole for political gain. Republicans have discovered, "that obstructionism bordering on sabotage is a winning political strategy. From Day 1 of the Obama administration, Mr. McConnell and his colleagues have done everything they could to undermine effective policy, in particular blocking every effort to do the obvious thing — boost infrastructure spending — in a time of low interest rates and high unemployment. As Krugman wrote before the 2012 election, "Think of it as a two-part strategy. First, obstruct any and all efforts to strengthen the economy, then exploit the economy’s weakness for political gain. If this strategy sounds cynical, that’s because it is. ... This was, it turned out, bad for America but good for Republicans."

One big regret leaving South Carolina in December 2015 is that I could not mount my political campaign in the SC Congressional 1st District opposing Republican Mark “Appalachian Trail” Sanford. He had no Democratic opponent in the 2014 election in his unwinnable (by a Democrat) Gerrymandered district. However, win or lose I wanted to call out the scorched earth obstruction Sanford’s Republican party executed during Obama’s Presidency resulting in our dysfunctional Congress.

If useful to your campaign, please feel free to use material from my campaign site: In my opinion, Trump voters seem intent on smashing the system that is broken by the Republican Tea Party faction and the Republican establishment’s devotion to its wealthy contributors, not its voters. Ironically, Trump voters wrongly chose a fraudster and con-artist who cares only about himself, thinking he will work for them. Unwittingly, these voters will be the ones badly hurt by Republican intentions to use Trump for dismantling the Affordable Care Act, Social Security, Medicare. Republican advisors, like transition leader Gov Mike Pence, have already succeeded persuading Trump to nominate three Cabinet Secretaries to lead departments whose mission they oppose.

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