We all know that there is a lot at stake in the elections next month. Right here in Virginia we are witnessing one of the tightest Senate races in the country. The recent debate in Richmond between the two former governors, Tim Kaine and George Allen, gave us a glimpse of what we can expect of the candidates if they are elected to office.
The looming sequestration cuts they both spoke of are just one example of an issue that requires bipartisan cooperation and swift action. After listening to both candidates speak about their plans to address this, Kaine's was clearly the better choice. He calls on Congress to let the Bush-era tax cuts expire on incomes over $500,000, repeal tax breaks for big oil and gas, and allow government to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices. The plan strikes me as straight forward and agreeable to both parties.
Unfortunately, I can't share many details on Allen's plan because he hasn't done so himself.
Allen did offer one suggestion: repeal the Affordable Care Act, an action that the Congressional Budget Office has said would actually raise the deficit. Other than that, he expressed that the government should make cuts in other areas, but wouldn't specify where.
On an issue this important to our nation, we need a senator who has a real strategy. Let's elect Tim Kaine to the U.S. Senate.
Suzanne H. Conrad