Jun 14, 2012
You Simply Can’t Trust Flip Flopping Congressman Crawford
Notorious flip flopping Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01) has proven repeatedly that he will say anything to mislead Arkansas voters, but Congressman Crawford cannot change his record on voting for massive cuts in Medicare and agriculture in order to provide tax breaks to millionaires and companies that ship jobs overseas. By voting lockstep with a Republican agenda that caves to Washington special interests and corporate outsourcers, Congressman Crawford has made clear he’s against hardworking Arkansans.
“No matter how many times Congressman Rick Crawford changes his position on key issues, one thing could not be more clear: Congressman Crawford has voted for massive cuts in Medicare that force seniors to pay more for their health care, in order to give more tax breaks to millionaires and companies shipping jobs to China and India,” said Stephanie Formas of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “With his growing list of broken campaign promises and flop flops, Arkansans have learned not to trust Congressman Crawford, and in November, hardworking Arkansas families, seniors and farmers will reject Congressman Crawford’s failed record in Washington.”
AARP has warned that the House Republicans’ Medicare “proposal is likely to simply increase costs for beneficiaries while removing Medicare’s promise of secure health coverage,” while the Tax Policy Center showed that people making over $1 million per year would get an average tax cut of $394,000.
Congressman Crawford Voted to Slash Medicare, Crop Insurance, Give Tax Breaks for Millionaires, Encourage Companies to Ship Jobs Overseas. On March 29, 2012, Congressman Rick Crawford supported a budget that would end Medicare’s guaranteed benefit and cut crop insurance subsidies by $30 billion over 10 years. The plan also would provide people earning more than $1 million a year with an average tax cut of $394,000, and would provide incentives for corporations to shift profits and jobs overseas. [H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; New York Times Editorial, 3/20/12; Reuters, 3/20/12 ; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 4/12/12 ; Tax Policy Center, Table T12-0078 and T10-0132; Citizens for Tax Justice, 3/22/12]
AARP: Ryan’s Plan Would Increase Health Care Costs for Older Americans. AARP CEO Addison Barry Rand wrote to Members of Congress on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget resolution. In the letter, Rand wrote: “this proposal simply shifts these high and growing costs onto Medicare beneficiaries, and it then shifts even higher costs of increased uninsured care onto everyone else. […] By creating a ‘premium support’ system for future Medicare beneficiaries, the proposal is likely to simply increase costs for beneficiaries while removing Medicare’s promise of secure health coverage -- a guarantee that future seniors have contributed to through a lifetime of hard work.” [AARP Letter, 3/21/12]