Thursday, January 26, 2017

Rokita Back At It With No Buffer This Time

Rep. Todd Rokita
Todd Rokita represents Indiana’s 4th Congressional District.

He looks and seems like a nice enough guy, and I give him credit in that he actually does appear in his district to talk to his constituents. He, or a member of his staff, will actually engage with people of all political beliefs on social media. He sets a good example in that way.

That’s where my praise for him ends
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Recently, Rokita has drawn attention for attempting to change the way federal employees can organize into unions and how they can be hired and fired. Essentially, if Rokita gets his way, a new federal employee can be fired with no cause and with no recourse.

Last year, Rokita took on school lunches. He wanted to change the formula for schools that qualify for 100 percent free lunch and breakfast for all students knocking schools across the United States off the free lunch and breakfast program. In Wayne Township alone, seven schools would have been affected.

There’s also his Moby Dick. What he calls entitlements.

Since almost his first day in office, Rokita has seemed to want to declare war on what he calls entitlements. He’s called senior citizens “piggish” and “un-American” for depending on government services. 

Thankfully, for most of Rokita’s term, there have been cooler heads in Congress or the Oval Office that have held him in check.  Now that Donald Trump is in place in the White House and other Republicans are in place across government, suddenly Rokita’s head shake inducing machinations may bear fruit, and he’s suddenly a leading voice in the fight to reform Medicare.

Rokita told Politico: “It’s unfair for the citizens of tomorrow to bear the burden through our debt load for the health care of today’s poor, and it’s especially not fair for them to pay for [able-bodied adults] who otherwise should be making their own way.”

What Todd Rokita said or did before was perhaps him just talking or trying to show his street cred amongst his base. Now, his words actually mean something because he’s a leader in the United States House with a Republican friend in the White House.
Serious times, folks.  Stay alert.

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