Everyone leaves a legacy. When you die, you’re remembered for how you tried to make a better world for your children and grandchildren. In the case of Congressman Andy Harris, his legacy will be one of “lies, misleading distortions and half-truths”, resulting in a less safe & healthy world, for women, children and the chronically ill.
The Republican playbook in 2012 includes taking credit for other people’s work. Romney has taken “a lot of credit” for the auto industry recovery. “Bogus” is the nicest word I can muster on that claim. Not to be outdone, Harris sent a Press Release last Friday, claiming credit for keeping the USPS from closing facilities or offices. Can anyone tell me what Harris did? Anyone familiar with this issue, including 100s of postal workers on the Eastern Shore, know it was Sens. Mikulski and Cardin that led the fight. Mikulski even sent letters to Harris, seeking his support to save these jobs, without even a response! Chalk one up for “lies.”
Polls show how most women feel about the lack of Republican support on issues from health insurance to equal pay for equal work. Harris and his extremist cohorts have failed to support women’s issues. Of course, it should be different when it comes to violence against women, right? Wrong! Last month, Harris and the right-wing radicals refused to extend the Violence Against Women Act, which has reduced domestic violence by 58% since 1994. Last week, Harris, in an attempt to fool women everywhere, voted for a gutted version. The purpose was to muddy the waters, and by confusing people, to appear to care about women. What is it about the treatment of women in the 1800s that is so appealing to Harris? Here’s one for the “misleading distortions” column.
Now, for ”Half-truths.” Truth: Harris talks big on “making America energy independent.” But the “lie” asks: Why do we sell America’s oil and natural gas abroad? Why hasn’t Harris ever supported research into alternative energy sources that could reduce costs of traditional energy? Why is he so intent on supporting “fracking?” The answers all involve PROFIT and CONTRIBUTORS. Harris’ CONTRIBUTORS want bigger PROFITS! “Fracking” is being suspended by other
countries and across the US, because of health, pollution and earthquake dangers. Will it create jobs here on the Eastern Shore? No. But, Harris gets lots of money from the Koch brothers and other out-of-state supporters in the oil industry. Harris has even voted to take away all powers of the EPA to control “greenhouse gas emissions” which affect our health and the environment. Pollution of the 1900s, here we come…again!
These are just a few issues that affect Harris’ legacy. Ask yourself: Is this a legacy I would be proud to leave my children and grandchildren? I sure wouldn’t.