Senate hopeful gets earful on Russia policies

GJ firm stands to lose money over sanctions, Gardner told

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Gary Harmon’s timely report – “Senate hopeful gets earful on Russia policies” – exposes the fatuousness if Cory Gardner’s policy positions.

First, “jobs have been at stake in western Colorado” since President Obama’s “American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” (the “Stimulus”) expired in 2010.

Since then, House “TeaPublicans” – including Gardner – have refused to even vote on the “American Jobs Act of 2011” (and 2013), preferring to waste their time on 51+ votes to repeal “ObamaCare”, to twice threaten default on the National Debt, and to shut down the government in a fit of ideological pique.

Second, it is disingenuously cynical to blame “Obama’s lack of good policies” for the risk posed to Reynolds’ profits by economic sanctions imposed on Russia, when the need for sanctions was precipitated by Vladimir Putin – with whom Reynolds apparently still wants to do business, despite his aggression in the Crimea and Ukraine in violation of the United Nation’s charter and international norms established by two bloody World Wars.

To Gardner’s credit, he later opined that “sanctions could be a necessity” because “people are dying in Ukraine – perhaps hearkening to “NeoCons’” calls for military involvement, which could disrupt Reynolds’ exports even more than sanctions. 

President Obama has deployed elements of the 173 Airborne Brigade Combat Team to NATO allies Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, and sent additional naval assets to the Black Sea, while NATO is “ramping up” for military action in Ukraine.

Apparently, Gardner also supports allowing U.S. companies – like Reynolds – to avoid paying U.S. taxes on profits left offshore, while refusing to close the loophole that allows U.S. companies shipping American jobs overseas to expense the entire cost of doing so.

Meanwhile, it will take three to five years for American liquefied natural gas to reduce Europe’s dependency on Russian supplies.

Re-elect Mark Udall!



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