The Truth and Ted Yoho

Like he did back during his Amway days, Ted Yoho will tell you what you want to hear in order to sell something, but the product he’s selling is often something different than he promised. Here are some examples of Yoho misrepresenting the truth…and us.

What Yoho said: “The national debt creates a climate of confusion and an environment of uncertainty for hardworking Americans, and it is a growing threat to our national security.”

And on Yoho’s website, you can find a National Debt Clock. So why on earth did he vote for a tax cut bill that will increase the debt by $1.5 trillion and whose benefits go mostly to the already rich? Maybe we just answered our own question. And tax cuts have never paid for themselves through increased tax revenue. Ever. They didn’t under Reagan. They didn’t under W. They won’t under Trump.

What Yoho said: “We’re not trying to kick anybody off healthcare.”

This was after Yoho voted for an awful Obamacare repeal bill, The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office disagreed, saying the bill would in fact result in 24 million less people having health insurance. 24 million? We would hate to see what would happen if he were trying to kick people off healthcare.

What Yoho said: “It’s been proven over and over again Medicaid has the worst outcomes in the industrialized world as far as the quality of healthcare.”

That one got a false from the fact-checkers at Politifact, and his staff had to walk his comments back. This all begs the question: if the truth is on his side, why does Yoho stretch it so often?

What Yoho said: “I ran on limited government, fiscal responsibility and free enterprise, but when you’ve got programs that have been in place and it’s the accepted norm, to just go in there and stop it would be detrimental to our sugar growers.”

Sugar growers? Sugar growers?! Like the billionaire Fanjul brothers of south Florida, who donation (pay off) to both parties, and who treated their migrant workers terribly and who are polluting the Everglades and refusing to chip in to help clean it up? Yep those guys. Meanwhile, in the same bill, Yoho tried to introduce an amendment to gut SNAP (formerly called Food Stamps) by twenty billion dollars. It ended up being cut by five billion dollars. Fun fact: Yoho and his wife used food stamps when they first married.

What Yoho said: “Main Street, not Wall Street, is the backbone of America.”

The bill Yoho was selling, called the CHOICE Act, would have shut down a consumer protection agency that has helped people recover money from banks that have ripped them and allowed banks to behave just as irresponsibly as they did before the Great Recession. Maybe he meant “Wall Street, not Main Street, is the backbone of America?” That must be it.

The Yoho Flip-Flop

by Mae Shields and Bill Radunovich and other volunteers of Indivisible Gainesville

Dizzy and disoriented by Trump’s daily attempts at gaslighting the American people, we admit we occasionally indulge in a moment of nostalgia for our pre-2016 lives.

Back in 2016, politics had a certain predictable feel. GOP congressional representatives could be counted on to rail against whatever President Obama was up to. And nowhere was this GOP opposition more feverish than when it was directed at budget deficits. Read more

Jennifer Sagan: I Support the Dream Act

I support the Dream Act. I am a second-generation Polish/Irish American, whose grandparents came legally into the U.S. in the 1920s as steel mill workers and domestic servants. A decade ago I viewed illegal immigrants with outrage and was unsupportive of their presence. Since then my view turned 180 degrees as I learned about the gross mismanagement of immigration policy and inability to provide living wages in our country that has resulted in illegal immigration. I now not only support the Dreamers but also their parents who came over illegally. Below I explain why. Read more

Stephanie Karst: Enough is enough with our divided politicians

One of the most talked about issues since the 2016 election is the deep division within our country. I think this false narrative is being perpetuated by our politicians for their own gains.

Take the recent government shutdown. Democrats wanted citizenship for Dreamers; Republicans wanted more money for border security. Polls say 80-90% of Americans support granting citizenship to Dreamers, and many Americans also support increased border security. With bipartisan support for both measures, why was it impossible for our elected representatives to reach a compromise? That is, after all, how you govern.

But instead of governing, our politicians would rather sow division. Read more

GOP Screws America: Welcome to the most regressive and repulsive tax bill to ever come out of the US Congress.

In the dead of night Saturday (at 1:36am, specifically), the Senate GOP passed the most regressive and repulsive tax bill to ever come out of the US Congress. Under the guise of “tax reform” the Republicans in the Senate (including Florida’s own Marco Rubio) approved a plan that increases our national debt by at least $1.5 trillion, raises the cost of college for middle-class Americans, and adds 13 million people to the ranks of the uninsured. All to cut taxes on corporations and allow the children of the wealthy to inherit billions tax-free.

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Indivisible Gainesville’s response to Ted Yoho’s Tax Reform Op-Ed, November 14th Gainesville Sun

Representative Yoho’s Op-Ed is full of omissions and outright lies. Below we will take apart his op-ed one paragraph at a time (his original text in bold, our response beneath), share with you how this latest Tax Bill (known as H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act) will actually affect you, and  demonstrate how your own elected leader is not only betraying you but also misleading you . Read more

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