Q: Mark writes – Two questions. First, would you actively work for and support repealing the Hyde amendment that prohibits federal dollars from being used for most abortion services? Lastly, do you support the construction of the proposed Riverview Energy coal to diesel plant that is planned for Dale, Indiana?
Regarding the coal to diesel plant, no, I do not support the construction of that or any other extremely toxic, cancer causing polluting facility. The long term economic costs of those types of fossil fuel based cancer factories far outweigh any short term economic benefits.
No, as Congressman, I would do everything possible to create the foundations for a prosperous future, not build on the crumbling ruins of the economic dead-end that is fossil fuel conversion. Clean energy jobs already outnumber coal jobs and that gap is going to increase rapidly in the coming years. We need to ensure that Southwestern Indiana is at the forefront of job creation, not part of some welfare state for dead-end industries that cost far more than they are worth. I would do everything possible to bring clean energy jobs to the district. Imagine solar panels on every home and business feeding the grid. Imagine all the blue collar jobs that would create. And if we could bring the R & D and manufacturing here as well, we could be among the nation’s leaders in good job creation. It would save everyone a lot of money on energy costs as well.
Regarding the Hyde Amendment, I would support repealing it, and vote appropriately, but it’s not something I would actively work on. There are already plenty of people focused on abortion issues.
No, as your Congressman, my concentration would be entirely on helping the majority of people in the district through more and better jobs, decent health care, affordable education, community corrections, and other issues to get us through the coming bad times.
Our democracy and American way of life are under siege by the national Republicans who have abandoned all by the flimsiest pretense, if that, of caring about the Constitution or the health and well-being of normal Americans. We Democrats and genuinely patriotic Republicans have got to put aside any kind of single issue litmus tests and come together as a people to get us through the coming crisis, restore everything that is good about our constitutional government, and build the foundations for a good and prosperous future.