By Chris O’Brien
Every two years we reflect upon our elected representative’s records to see if they deserve to be re-elected for another two years. It is difficult to find reasons why Rep. Elizabeth Esty deserves a contract renewal.
Early in her first term, while acknowledging that the law is imperfect, she trumpeted the benefits of Obamacare. As many of us are forced to change the health insurance and low premiums we used to have, I have never heard of a single attempt by Rep. Esty to improve the law. What happened? To date, we know of no proposals to improve the law. Mark Greenberg, has proposals on his website that will reduce insurance premiums.
I was hopeful when she held several forums to hear concerns about the terrible situation in Syria. I went to one of these forums with a newspaper article describing the capabilities of some organizations we could support and we had a good conversation for a few minutes discussing our options. As ISIS has grown into a world threat, she continues to say that “something must be done” about the terror organization, but only says what she won’t do. She won’t commit ground troops. She won’t approve money to support opposition rebels. She won’t push Turkey to take a role or our own President to do what’s necessary. There’s no question that our nation is war-weary and that our current military infrastructure relies too heavily on reservists. However, as time moves on – we have seen that ISIS is consuming the Middle East, threatens our allies in Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, and the Egyptian government, and will soon attack Western nations. She has acknowledged a dangerous threat to our national security but has become the representative of “no”. No solutions. We need a leader willing to take a risk here for our own safety.
When it comes to domestic policy, I’ve never heard her propose changes to our tax policies that drivenbusinesses overseas. We all know that Social Security will go broke in a few years yet she hasn’t seem to have any drive to fix that either. I’m 35 years old and know it won’t be around if I or my peers need it when we retire. I’m also old enough to remember that the eligibility age was once raised without hurting seniors who were eligible.
In contrast, I’m impressed that Mark Greenberg is willing to tackle these very difficult challenges. He may not have all the answers but as an experienced entrepreneur he seeks out input for the best solutions. He is willing to find a solution to Social Security and as a man with five young children will have his eyes set on improving our nation for the future.
Ms. Esty has proven herself an adept politician, but she is not a leader. While he is not as polished a politician, Mark Greenberg is the leader we need for the challenges America faces today. He will have my vote on Election Day and deserves your’s.