June 20, 2018 Editorial, Press More:

Letter: Tedra Cobb is eager to protect constituents

This June 26, the 21st Congressional District primary will determine the challenger to incumbent Elise Stefanik for the November election. Tedra Cobb is the candidate who can defeat Stefanik.


This June 26, the 21st Congressional District primary will determine the challenger to incumbent Elise Stefanik for the November election. Tedra Cobb is the candidate who can defeat Stefanik. Despite a few symbolic “moderate” votes in Congress, Stefanik has been a loyal supporter of President Trump and GOP Congressional leadership and would continue on this path. The outcome of the November election will have significant national and regional consequences. It is urgent for citizens to vote.

Nationally, the Republican Party has become the party of Donald Trump. Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will continue to come under intense pressure to support him, side with him and put the president first and foremost, not the voters. The Republican mission to protect the president will continue. The question is, to protect him from what and at what cost to our region and country?

The House’s actions will include a continued rubber-stamping of policies that President Trump has branded as his own. They include, but are not limited to, blocking immigration with a costly build-the-wall campaign and ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals while continuing to threaten deportation with ICE raids on immigrant families, breaking up families and costing the U.S. financially by losing valuable labor resources, leaving children parentless thus causing increased dependence on social services such as foster care. Another Trump brand is to gut environmental regulations including many that date back to President Nixon. These environmental programs, enjoying broad bipartisan support, have helped preserve the natural resources and beauty of the north country.

The Trump brand also includes cutting taxes primarily impacting the top 1 percent while threatening such programs as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps, affecting the most vulnerable including women, children and the elderly as a way of paying for the increased deficit caused by the tax cuts. The Trump brand also clearly favors private over public education as represented by the policies of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The president’s gutting of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, clearly favoring the banks and credit card companies over ordinary consumers also adversely affects our region.

With a population heavily dependent on such programs and protections, Stefanik has not broken with her party to protect her constituents. Tedra Cobb will.

Christopher N. Breiseth

Ticonderoga

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