Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Schreibman Better on Women's Issues, Internet Infrastructure

I think the writer hits the nail on the head:
Social tensions have risen over time as power has skewed the distribution of wealth toward the top. The Clean Air Act has been undercut and weakened. Money-making Big Oil still gets tax break subsidies.

Incumbent Congressman Chris Gibson supported these changes. He also tries to depict Obamacare as a government takeover that will interfere with the doctor-patient relationship. That’s a distortion. It protects patient rights over insurance company rules that already interfere. Gibson invokes a boogieman image of government controlling us. But he voted to make Medicare a voucher program, and to defund Planned Parenthood to the detriment of women’s health care.

[. . .]

In contrast to such shell-game issues, Julian Schreibman is creatively involved in promoting healthy people and a healthy local economy. He opposes what more and more looks like Republican warfare on women’s issues.

Schreibman opposes federal subsidies for oil and gas. But Schreibman is fully focused on creative ways to support and grow local small business by investing more in our infrastructure. Significantly, this includes building up a network of broadband services throughout our rural area.
We already knew Schreibman is a strong supporter of women's issues, so that's nothing new.

But broadband internet is a huge issue in this area. I could never live somewhere in which broadband access was not available. Some local town governments have been doing a really good job in dealing with this issue by upgrading their infrastructure, while others have not. Broadband is going to be increasingly important as more and more people telecommute. And for seniors and others who lack mobility, access to the internet can really be a godsend. Conversely, communities with scant broadband access are at a serious disadvantage when it comes to the housing market. It's good to see that Schreibman fully understands this issue.

1 comment:

  1. Did you know that Gibson was the lead sponsor of an amendment that saved the Rural Broadband loan program that the Republican leadership tried to zero out last year? It's true. Gibson wrote the amendment to get the program put back into the budget, then got 97 Republican and 133 Democratic House representatives to vote for it. He is rightfully credited with saving the program. Just so you have all the facts here.