Ron Pagano: Salisbury’s Loony Occupy Leader Who Spouts Lies

A Letter to the editor:

Everyone leaves a legacy. When you die, you’re remembered, perhaps, for how you tried to make a better world for your children and grandchildren. Rep. Andy Harris’ legacy will be one of “lies, misleading distortions and half-truths” resulting in a less-safe, less-healthy world for women, children and the chronically ill.

The Republican playbook in 2012 includes taking credit for other people’s work. Romney tried to take “a lot of credit” for the auto industry recovery. Bogus is the nicest word I can muster on that claim.

Not to be outdone, Harris issued a news release last week claiming credit for keeping the U.S. Postal Service from closing facilities or offices. Can anyone tell me what Harris did? Anyone familiar with this issue — including hundreds of postal workers on the Eastern Shore — know it was Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin who led that fight. Mikulski even sent letters to Harris seeking his support to save these jobs — without even a response. Chalk one up for lies.

Polls show how most women feel about the lack of Republican support on issues ranging from health insurance to equal pay for equal work. Harris and his extremist cohorts have failed to support women’s issues. Of course, it should be different when it comes to violence against women, right?

Wrong. Last month, Harris and other right-wing radicals refused to extend the Violence Against Women Act, which has reduced domestic violence by 58 percent since 1994. Last week, in an attempt to fool women everywhere, Harris voted for a gutted version. The purpose was to muddy the waters and by confusing people, to appear to care about women.

What is it about the treatment of women in the 1800s that is so appealing to Harris? Here’s one for the misleading distortions column.

Now, for half-truths.

Truth: Harris talks big on making America energy independent. So why do we sell America’s oil and natural gas abroad? Why hasn’t Harris supported research into alternative energy sources that could reduce traditional energy costs? Why is he so intent on supporting fracking? The answers: Harris’ contributors want bigger profits. Fracking is being suspended by other countries and across the United States, because of health and pollution dangers.

Will it create jobs here on the Eastern Shore? No. But Harris gets lots of money from the Koch brothers and other out-of-state supporters in the oil industry. Harris has even voted to take away all powers of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to control greenhouse gas emissions, which affect our health and the environment.

These are just a few issues that affect Harris’ legacy. Ask yourself: Is this a legacy I would be proud to leave my children and grandchildren? I sure wouldn’t.

Ron Pagano is a retired attorney, entrepreneur and disability activist.

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The lies just keep coming from the left. Are they capable of telling the truth or being moral at all? I do not think so.