Saturday, July 23, 2016

Tim Kaine's Economic Record

Tim Kaine

Here is a quick look at the economic record of Hillary Clinton's VP pick, Tim Kaine.

He's pretty much bad across the board.

He has very heavy big spending leanings:

  • He said Tea Party's reckless economic policies create uncertainty. (May 2012)
  • Opposed a constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment. (Oct 2012)

He's an energy planner:

  • Called for cut subsidies to big oil companies. (Oct 2012) Not clear what he means here, reducing tax breaks or real subsidies
  • In favor of setting goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
He's a protectionist:
  • Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices. (May 2013)
He wants more government financing of elections:

  • In favor of public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Feb 2015)

He is a supporter of Obamacare, but goon on religious exemption:

  • Opposed repealing ObamaCare. (Oct 2012)
  • Supported religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate. (Feb 2015)
On citizenship:

  • Seeks defined path to earned citizenship, plus DREAM Act. (Apr 2012)

He wants Social Security controlled by government:

  • Called for fight against any privatization proposals. (Oct 2012)
  • Lift the payroll tax cap. (Jun 2012)
  • No dangerous privatization schemes for Social Security. (Apr 2012)
  • Adamantly opposes privatization of Social Security. (Apr 2012

He's terrible on taxes, just hating tax cuts:

  • Keep Bush tax cuts except for the wealthy. (Oct 2012)
  • Open to some minimum income tax level for everyone. (Sep 2012)
  • No budget-busting tax cuts; we can't afford to try it again!. (Sep 2012)
  • No need for millionaire's tax: just let Bush cuts expire. (Dec 2011)
  • Supports increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)

He is a supporter of more government infrastructure projects:

  • Invest in communities--infrastructure makes us competitive. (Sep 2012)

He supported laws forcing retailers to collect taxes online:

  • Force online retailers to collect sales taxes. (Jun 2012)
  • Voted YES on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)
And then we have this confusion:
He strongly supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which expands workers' rights to sue in cases of gender pay discrimination.


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