At a 4th Congressional District candidate forum, Cory Gardner bragged that he could compromise with Democrats and pointed to one instance of not voting lock-step with Republicans. One report said he voted the party line 93 percent of the time. I couldn’t verify that but I know this: Cory kneels at Grover Norquist’s “No Tax Increase” throne, precluding any meaningful budget compromise. Last year, tea party fanatics, led by Michele Bachmann, worked furiously to drive us into default over the debt increase. Cory voted with them until it was too late to salvage our credit rating.
He voted every time, 33, to deny health care to the poor and unemployed while enjoying his lush government plan. He voted twice for the Ryan budget to destroy Medicare with vouchers and “cut, cap and balance,” which is Ryan on steroids.
He voted down every attempt to reduce corporate welfare, especially oil’s $4 billion subsidy, where he gets much of his money. At the same time he voted for every attempt to cut safety net funding for the disabled, poor and elderly.
He voted for every bill to restrict aid for women’s health, such as birth control and preventative tests. He also voted for numerous anti-abortion bills, including one that would authorize hospital emergency rooms to refuse treatment for women suffering from abortions.
His voting record says he is much like the guy from Indiana who said his idea of compromise was for Democrats to accept all Republican ideas.
For this we pay Cory $174,000 a year plus perks, including a $21,000 car. He gets a week off for every two weeks worked. So far we have paid him $304,500 for 259 days in session. That comes to $1,175/day or $211/hour. What has he done for regular people? Not much.