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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Washington can't afford Mike McGavick

It's becoming more and more apparent to Americans that the destructive policies of the Bush administration and its rubber stamp Republican Congress are slowly wreaking havoc on America's health and sustainable future.

Our country's finances are in shambles. We're deep in debt, while at the same time, Republicans are rewarding mega conglomerates and wealthy individuals with huge tax cuts. We're mired in an endless quagmire in Iraq - a country we preemptively invaded for no good reason. Our country's national resources are being auctioned off to the highest bidder. Federal laws are being rewritten to favor big corporations, like the entertainment industry and the credit card companies. And all the while, Republicans are trying to wipe out funding for everything from Pell Grants to PBS.

Voters will have a choice this November to decide what they think of the administration and its cronies in Congress.

Every day it becomes plainly evident to more citizens that the Republicans running Washington D.C. are a disaster. The turning point for many was Hurricane Katrina last year. For others, it was the indictment of Scooter Libby.

There is only one way to stop the downward slide we're in, and that is to start changing the leadership in Congress. In order for that to happen, we need to retake the House of Representatives and the Senate away from the corrupt Republicans. We accomplish this by defeating Republican incumbents and defending Democratic ones.

There are Democrats in Congress who stand up to the administration every day and are fighting hard to hold Bush accountable.

Maria Cantwell is one of those Democrats. Washington can either return her to the Senate - or, it can send another Republican to D.C. who will simply vote in lockstep with George W. Bush.

The stakes are high and the consequences are huge. The choices we make now will have a big impact on the future.

What does a vote for Mike McGavick mean? Here's an idea:
  • A vote for Mike McGavick is a vote for fiscal irresponsibility, because Mike supports the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and the administration's misguided fiscal policies, at the expense of hardworking families.
  • A vote for Mike McGavick is a vote to weaken our public education system. McGavick supports Bush's "Every Child Left Behind" legislation, and has previously suggested privatizing public universities - an alarming, radical proposal designed to create a tiered education system - one for the haves, and one for the have nots.
  • A vote for Mike McGavick is a vote for a Constitutional amendment (proposed by Bush and the right wing) to ban gay marriage and make inequality the supreme law of the land. McGavick has said he supports the amendment.
  • A vote for Mike McGavick is a vote to let oil companies like Exxon Mobil (which are writing checks to the McGavick campaign) off the hook.
  • A vote for Mike McGavick is a vote in support of the administration's shady domestic spying programs, which Mike has voiced support for.
As Representative Jay Inslee likes to say, Americans have had "a bellyful" of this administration and its disastrous policies. All they're offering is "stay the course" - and that's not an acceptable option.

The direction of this nation cannot be changed if more Bush cronies are elected to the U.S. Congress.

And that's why Washington just can't afford Mike McGavick.

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