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About Mitt’s Promises

Mitt Romney – is he to be believed?

Romney promised to reduce all income tax rates by 20%, very impressive. He added that your deductions would be reduced so that the government’s operating deficit would not increase. Romney is saying your tax payments will not decrease and might actually increase. As a result, some will pay higher taxes when they lose more in deductions than they save due to the rate change. Think about losing your home mortgage interest deduction and your charitable gift deduction. When the public rebels against losing popular deductions, a president Romney and Congress will be forced to drop that plan but the 20% rate reduction will remain, reducing revenues significantly. Our budget deficit and our national debt will rise as a result of reduced tax revenues.

Mr. Romney will repeal the Affordable Care Act, doing away with the law that is already helping tens of millions of American who have pre-existing conditions or simply can’t afford health insurance. His proposal makes drastic cuts in Medicaid. This would deny essential health care to millions more Americans including the elderly who need long term care. Romney’s view that these people can get medical care in the emergency room is not the solution. What was your last ER visit like? And an ER visit by an uninsured person is paid for by higher rates for those who do buy insurance. This type of health care puts an additional burden on every person who has health care coverage.

And Romney says PBS will not be federally funded when he is president. He will get rid of Big Bird! Ninety percent of U.S. homes view PBS. Each day 80 percent of all children between ages of 2 – 8 tune into PBS according to the New York Times. PBS is a national treasure. PBS news gives viewers a chance to hear both sides of issues, unlike the partisan programs too often masquerading as news. And PBS includes high quality nature, music, and educational programs. And finally, eliminating funding for PBS provides an insignificant savings in the national budget. Romney will have to do better, a lot better.

Some believe that a president who is an experienced businessman will promote recovery of our economy. But businessman Romney insisted the government should let GM and Chrysler go bankrupt when they struggled during the 2007-8 Great Recession. That reflects the ruthless attitude of a successful business leader. President Obama leads our nation, not just our businesses. His extraordinary effort to pump federal funds into the auto industry and save up to one million jobs worked beautifully and today our auto manufacturers are alive and well and have paid back the Federal loan. We need a president with that kind of vision.

Vote for Jake Williams for CO House District 12

This fall, voters living in Colorado House District 12 will be faced with a difficult decision as two outstanding Democratic candidates, Jake Williams and Matt Jones, are running for the opportunity to serve as their representative. I have met both candidates and I respect each immensely, however, I would encourage voters in HD12 to vote for Jake Williams.

Jake Williams, a graduate of the University of Michigan and The London School of Economics, has actively served his community, as well as the state of Colorado, in a variety of capacities. As a past campaign leader working on behalf of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Jake worked tirelessly to ensure the passage of crucial state legislation designed to provide whistleblower protection for Colorado’s nurses and to establish hospital infection reporting, benefitting patients throughout the state. Such accomplishments could not have been achieved without Jake’s unique ability to form effective bi-partisan coalitions which included a variety of business, medical and consumer advocate professionals.

Jake’s work in grassroots activism provided him with the experience necessary to organize and drive successful campaigns centered around environmental protection, labor union issues and health care reform. As grassroots funding director for the Democratic National Committee, Jake was responsible for establishing his regional DNC office as the top rated office in the nation. Simply put, this is a guy who knows what it takes to drive necessary efforts and legislation designed to benefit all of us.

Locally, Jake has worked with the City of Lafayette’s Waste Reduction Advisory Committee to improve environmental conditions and waste disposal practices in his hometown. Growing up in Colorado, Jake has developed a deep attachment for his state and community and has vowed to actively work for the betterment of his fellow citizens on the local and state level.

Currently, Jake is employed by the Western Conservation Foundation, serving as an advocate for the improvement and enactment of environmental public policy while working to ensure that public officials are held accountable for actions which serve to degrade our state’s natural resources.

I first met Jake last year at a function held in my home and, after speaking with him for several minutes and discussing his positions on a variety of critical issues, I determined that I would not only support Jake for HD12, but that I would support him for any office for which he chose to run moving forward. Why? Because I believe in Jake and I believe that Jake will work hard for the citizens of his district and for the state of Colorado. Jake possesses the energy and drive to succeed, the experience necessary for effectively establishing crucial bi-partisan relationships and the passion required to fight for what is best for the citizens of Colorado.

Vote for Jake Williams for Colorado House District 12.