Reasons Hawaii Cannot Afford Neil Abercrombie #10
Abercrombie Has No Crowning Achievement with Twenty Years as Congressman
In many of this year’s races, you’ve heard about a candidate’s achievements in political office. Neil Abercrombie has been silent on his work as U.S. Congressman for nearly two decades. All we hear is a promise of “change” and “a new day.” That is because Neil Abercrombie has no crowning achievement or landmark legislation in his twenty years in Congress.
While there’s little to point to in the way of achievement, there are plenty of questionable, out-of-touch and downright expensive legislative votes he’s made in his two decades as U.S. Representative, including votes in favor of:
- Striping workers of their right to a secret ballot when voting to unionize (Vote 118, 3/1/07).
- Troubled Asset Relief Program bill (TARP) used up $700 billion to bailout banks, insurance and auto companies and two years later, the New York Times reports over $150 has not been allocated and may not be used at all. (Vote 681, 2008)
- Auto Bail Out bill provided $14 billion to bail out American car companies (Vote 690, 2008). Though the bill passed the House, it failed to pass the Senate, which led President Bush to extend the use of TARP funds to include auto companies.
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill, also known as the "Stimulus Bill" (Vote 70, 2009) allocated $787 billion designed to stimulate the nation’s economy. Some argue that this was not a bailout, however a the Government Accountability Office found that 90 percent of the allocated money was being used to bailout state government.
- $250 billion in new taxes in a SINGLE bill (Vote 199, 5/27/93)
- Increased federal motor fuel taxes by 30 percent (Vote 406, 8/5/93)
- Increased tax burden on businesses by $7.5 million (Vote 746, 7/26/07)
- Increased taxes by $2 billion on home sales (Vote 947, 10/04/07)
- Imposed a tax on U.S. foreign military sales threatening defense jobs (Vote 662, 9/14/95)
- Imposed the 2nd highest corporate tax rates in the world (Vote 199, 5/27/93)
Judging by this record, Hawaii cannot afford Neil Abercrombie. Abercrombie’s empty promises to make wide sweeping changes for the state of Hawaii in four years as governor are falling on deaf ears. His career in Congress speaks for itself. Hawaii can expect more of the same with Neil Abercrombie…absolutely nothing.