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September 30, 2012

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Why Richard Mourdock fails

The current Republican tea party candidate running for a U.S. Senate seat is flawed on more than one aspect and not someone that should be sent to D.C. as a representative for Indiana. While some are filled with glee of a possible Mourdock victory in November, those same people will begrudge the facts regarding their cherished tea party candidate.

Let’s take a look at some true aspects of Richard Mourdock shall we, you know, the parts that his ads are not going to tell you.

Mr. Mourdock is opposed to the Affordable Health Care Act, something that is in fact paid for and working to the benefit of millions and is also very popular and supported; unlike the Iraq and Afghanistan “wars” that were not paid for or popular nor was there ever a plan to pay for them; they were conveniently left out of budgets during Bush’s terms.

Mourdock stands with private enterprise and their bottom line and to the point that he agrees that a company has the right to not cover a major illness like cancer: “Does that employer have the right to do it? I would say yes they do if they want to keep their health care costs down, but it also means it’s less likely you’re going to want to work here. If that employer wants to get the best employees coming in the door he’s going to offer the best insurance possible.”

Mourdock likes to appear as something he is not in his ads, a down home good-ol’ boy who “cares” about people and who wants to work for us. Well, that could not be further from the truth and in a brass display of honesty, he let us know exactly how he really feels, which is like a dictator:

“I certainly think bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view. … If we [win the House, Senate, and White House], bipartisanship means they have to come our way, and if we’re successful in getting the numbers, we’ll work towards that.”

Earlier in the year he was busy trying to distance himself from the tea party, the vary base that helped him beat Lugar. I am sure you all know how the adage of “lipstick on a pig” goes, so I don’t think I need to explain it. His devotion to tea party ideologies runs deep. Here is a guy that questions the constitutionality of Social Security, Medicare and has spent millions in taxpayer dollars on a lawsuit that could have cost Indiana 100,000 jobs and, if elected, will do nothing in the Senate but be another dead-beat Republican.

Richard may have an ad stating that he does not have it out for Social Security, basically saying “Look, here are my parents on Social Security and Medicare, well why would I do such a thing??!!” Ads say one thing while his actions say another. Paul Ryan, (you know, the guy with the plan to end Social Security and Medicare along with other social programs) recently came through Indianapolis and endorsed as well as fundraised for none other than Richard Mourdock. Republicans and their tea party base have their sights set on all social programs, and if given a chance would gut those services to nonexistence. In Republican-tea party eyes, corporate welfare trumps social welfare.

Among other things, Mourdock opposed the automotive industry rescue, which if not helped would have had disastrous consequences. Mourdock also wanted to go to court to block the Chrysler bankruptcy as well.

Mourdock has a laundry list of out-of-touch and out-of-date ideals; some are just foolish and others display blatant ignorance and irrationality. Richard Mourdock holds a hard right and reckless ideology which is also held by Larry Bucshon, Mike Pence and Dan Coats (a former lobbyist, no less). Mindsets that have no place in any government office, be it local or federal.

Conservatism fails us all, and the people who call themselves Republicans today are not the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower or Hoover.

— Rob Everhart

Terre Haute

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