May 18, 2017

Meet your possible new president

He opposed President George W. Bush's Medicare prescription drug expansion.

In 2013, Pence signed a law blocking local governments in Indiana from requiring businesses to offer higher wages or benefits beyond those required by federal law. In 2015, Pence also repealed an Indiana law that required construction companies working on publicly funded projects to pay a prevailing wage.Indiana enacted right-to-work legislation under Pence's predecessor, Republican governor Mitch Daniels. Under Pence, the state successfully defended this legislation against a labor challenge.

In 2015, Pence secured significant increases in charter-school funding from the legislation, although he did not get everything he had proposed.[86] Legislation signed into law by Pence in 2013 greatly increased the number of students in Indiana who qualify for school vouchers, making it one of the largest voucher programs in the United States.

During Pence's term in office, the Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly "repeatedly tried to roll back renewable energy standards and successfully ended Indiana's energy efficiency efforts.

The Republican-controlled legislature and Pence defunded Planned March 2016 when Pence signed into law H.B. 1337, a bill that both banned certain abortion procedures and placed new restrictions on abortion providers. . .

As governor, Pence routinely used a personal AOL email account to conduct official business, according to public records. In 2016, Hackers compromised the account and used it to send fraudulent emails in an attempt to obtain money from Pence's contacts.

Pence has been a staunch opponent of efforts to expand LGBT civil rights. In 2000, Pence stated "Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexuals as a 'discrete and insular minority' entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities." He called for "an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus" and instead advocated for resources to be directed toward institutions "which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior"

Pence was a co-sponsor of H.J.Res.73, a 2011 spending limit amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This amendment would limit federal spending to "the average annual revenue collected in the three prior years, adjusted in proportion to changes in population and inflation"

In 2007, Pence voted against the raising of the federal minimum wage to $7.25 (from $5.15) an hour over two years, stating that it would "hurt the working poor"

Pence voted against the act that created Medicare Part D, a Medicare prescription-drug benefit.[32] Pence voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[217] In June 2012, after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act in NFIB v. Sebelius, Pence likened the ruling to the September 11 terrorist attacks in a closed-door meeting of the House Republican Conference. He immediately apologized for making the statement.

Pence supported President George W. Bush's unsuccessful 2005 proposal to partially privatize Social Security by allowing workers to invest part of their Social Security payroll taxes in private investment accounts and reduce the increase in benefits for high-income participants. Pence had previously proposed a similar but more aggressive reform plan than Bush's. When asked in 2010 if he would be willing to make cuts to Social Security, Pence answered, "I think everything has to be on the table."[When asked if he would raise the retirement age, he said, "I'm an all-of-the-above guy. We need look at everything on the menu."

Pence "does not accept the scientific consensus that human activity is the primary driver of climate change."[246] In 2001, Pence wrote in an op-ed that "global warming is a myth," saying that "the earth is actually cooler today than it was about 50 years ago".[247][248] In 2006 and 2009, Pence expressed the view that it was unclear whether climate change was driven by human activity, and in 2009 he told political commentator Chris Matthews that there was a "growing skepticism in the scientific community about global warming"... Pence holds a lifetime rating of 4% from the League of Conservation Voters

Pence praised the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission when it was announced.  

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Anonymous said...

Pence is a christian-right zionist with a particular theocratic bent, if you thought there was madness in store with the orange lunatic then really buckle up tight for you ain't seen nothin' yet should Pence gain the reins of power.
Trump is a self-possessed fool, Pence on the other hand is what might be termed a true believer, and there is nothing more potentially dangerous than a true believing ideologue.

Anonymous said...

Time to dig in Pence's past, and find the dirt, undoubtedly it's there. Then he can get the Agnew treatment. Get rid of Pence, then remove 45.

Most, if not all, Republicans will be awful, if they are installed in the Oval Office. The only advantage with a Republican who is actually a politician, is he will be less likely to accidentally blunder into a war, but that doesn't mean he won't lie his way to get into one.

Too bad at this point it's unlikely that Pence will be caught open mouthed with a male prostitute in an airport men's room.