“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL … endowed … with certain UNALIENABLE RIGHTS … LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.” – Declaration of Independence.
“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, ESTABLISH JUSTICE, ENSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY … PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE …” – Preamble to the United States Constitution.
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands … with LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.” – Pledge of Allegiance.
Judging from his votes, it appears that Mr. Tim Walberg missed civics class. He also must have been absent from class at the Moody Bible Institute when they covered Luke 6:31 – DO TO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO TO YOU.
It appears that Mr. Walberg does not want liberty and justice for all or to promote the general welfare of citizens nor their pursuit of happiness. Nor do his votes indicate that he understands Luke 6:31, the Golden Rule. Does he really represent the best interests of the people of the 7th district?
I checked his voting record at Vote Smart (https://justfacts.votesmart.org/). I looked only at his current term. He voted “NO” 72% of the time. The vast majority of these “no” votes were against the equal treatment of his constituents, against their health, against their welfare, and against their financial stability. A closer look:
Equal Treatment: Walberg consistently votes to deny equal treatment for all people. He voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act which would require men and women to receive equal pay for equal work. He voted against the Equality Act which would prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas such as education, employment, and housing. He voted against the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. He voted against a bill that would amend the violence against women act to expand protections for survivors of domestic violence.
Health and Welfare: Walberg voted against bills meant to make healthcare available and affordable to all. He voted against the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 which would authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate the prices of prescription drugs, something the Veterans Health Administration already does. He voted against a bill that would require health insurance companies to cover individuals with pre-existing conditions. He voted against enhanced background checks for the transfer of firearms. He is not looking out for the health and welfare of his constituents.
Financial Stability: Walberg voted against offering emergency rental assistance and the extension of the eviction and foreclosure moratorium during COVID-19. He voted against strengthening the National Labor Relations Act and related labor laws to extend protections to labor union workers. He voted against raising the Federal minimum wage as well as pay raises for Federal civilian workers. He is not looking out for the general welfare or financial stability of his constituents.
He does not vote according to ideals stated in the Declaration of Independence, Preamble to the United States Constitution, or Pledge of Allegiance. What about the Golden Rule? Would he like to be discriminated against the way his votes discriminate against women, gays, older workers, and survivors of domestic violence? Does he want his health insurance not to cover his pre-existing conditions? Does he want to live at the Federal minimum wage? Does he not want lower drug costs?
Tim Walberg’s votes since he has been in office go against the well-being of most of his constituents. His votes support big business, big pharma, corporate farms, and the ultra-wealthy, not the average citizen. It is time for a change.
Hank Cetola is a Professor Emeritus at Adrian College and the founder of Lenawee Indivisible. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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