Cory Gardner won’t easily escape his 
record on personhood and abortion

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Bill Grant’s latest column – “Cory Gardner won’t easily escape his record on personhood and abortion”—focuses on one significant aspect of Gardner’s extremist record in Congress.  However, Gary Harmon’s report – “Senate hopeful gets earful on Russia policies” (April 26, 2010) – revealed even more about Gardner’s fatuous policy positions.

First, while “jobs have been at stake in western Colorado” since Democratic President Obama’s successful “Stimulus” initiatives expired in 2010, House “TeaPublicans” – including Gardner – still refuse to even vote on the “American Jobs Act of 2011” (and 2013), wasting their time on 51+ votes to repeal “ReaganCare”, to twice threaten default on the National Debt, and to shut down the government in a fit of ideological pique.

Second, Gardner seems to blame “Obama’s lack of good policies” for the risks posed to Reynolds Polymer’s profits by economic sanctions imposed on Russia, when the need for sanctions was precipitated by Vladimir Putin – with whom Reynolds 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.

Third, Gardner opined that – eventually—“sanctions could be a necessity” because “people are dying in Ukraine”, suggesting that the already-imposed and ratcheting-up sanctions are premature (because they could disrupt Reynolds’ export profits). 

Meanwhile, President Obama has deployed 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 possible military action in Ukraine.

Thus, while Republicans like Gardner criticize President Obama’s foreign policy as “naïve” and “weak”, they conveniently forget that Republican President George Bush “looked into Putin’s eyes” in 2001 and “knew he could be trusted”, but did nothing – not even threaten to impose sanctions – when Putin invaded Georgia in 2008.

Apparently, Gardner also supports allowing U.S. companies to continue avoiding paying U.S. taxes on profits left offshore, but opposes closing the tax code loophole that allows U.S. companies shipping American jobs overseas to expense the entire cost of doing so.

Gardner’s only policy recommendation is to accelerate American natural gas exports – which will take three to five years to reduce Europe’s dependency on Russian supplies.

Therefore, Gardner is wholly unqualified to represent Colorado as a U.S. Senator.

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