Amid persistent and increasing questions about President Trump's health, Mike Pence remains a heartbeat away from the presidency. A right wing idealogue with a long history of trying to destroy programs important to middle class Americans, the possibility of a Mike Pence administration is too much of a risk for everyday Americans to take.
Extreme Right Wing Opponent Of Social Security And Medicar:e Pence built his career on tearing down programs like Social Security and Medicare, spending his time in in Washington pushing gambits designed to harm the systems. He supported the full privatization of Social Security, and even opposed President Bush's privatization plan because it didn't go far enough. Pence voted against adding prescription drug benefits to Medicare, calling it "socialized medicine". He sought to raise the Medicare elegibiilty age, and voted 7 times for budgets that would turn Medicare into a voucher system.
Pence Held Up Hurricane Katrina Funding To Push For Cuts To Medicare: Pence attempted to leverage the desperate need for relief funds to rebuild the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina to force cuts to Medicare and prescription drug benefits to seniors, while also suggesting cuts to Social Security.
🦠 Failed Leadership On Coronavirus: Pence's leadership during the coronavirus pandemic has been a costly failure. Even after the Administration knew of the threat of the virus, Pence continued to hold rallies and fundraisers. He oversaw a massive failure of coronavirus messaging that made the pandemic worse, pushed for the early reopening of schools, and disregarded public safety measures. Meanwhile, he praised China's response to the pandemic.
Corrupt Vice President: Wherever he felt he could get away with it, Pence engaged in corrupt activities to help his boss and his own political career. Pence was a key player in the Ukraine scandal that led to Trump's impeachment, and on multiple occasions he went out of his way to spend taxpayer dollars at his bosses properties.
Football Walkout Stunt: In a failed, expensive, and embarrassing political gambit, Pence planned to walk out of NFL game over protests involving kneeling for the national anthem. The stunt that cost taxpayers $325,000 and was widely panned in the media.
Indiana Performed Poorly Under Pence: Under Pence, Indiana lagged behind the nation and neighbors on per capita income, income inequality, and quality of life. The state was also ranked the worst water polluter in the nation and had high rates of obesity and diabetes while ranking 48th in the nation on public health funding.
State News: As Governor, Pence attempted to create a state-run news service, a ploy that was widely criticized as similar to state-run media in authoritarian countries. Pence was ultimately forced to back down under public pressure, after the scheme became a "national joke."
Knowingly Approved Funds For Pakistani Firm That Supplied Materials For Terrorist Bombs: As Governor of Indiana, Pence allowed federal subsidies over a billion dollars to flow a Pakistani firm cited by the Pentagon for failing to try to prevent the use of its products in bombs that killed American troops in Afghanistan.
War On Elected Control Of Schools: In a broadside against elected control of public school systems, Pence made an alternative agency of to bypass Indiana's elected superintendent of schools. When this agency was a failure and dissolved, Pence then attempted to bypass the elected superintendent of schools again, by pushing to have his own appointees choose the head of the state board of education.
Career Politician: For his entire career, Mike Pence embodied a “rigged” system that benefited Pence’s personal aspirations, his political donors and allies, and maintained a corrupt status quo.
Dirty and Unethical Campaigner: Donald Trump's xenophobic, racist, and corrupt campaign strategies were pioneered by Mike Pence. Pence famously hired an actor to dress in black robes and pretend to be middle eastern for an ad, benefited from straw donor schemes, ran his campaign as a for profit corporation, paid personal expenses from his campaign fund, and more.
Absentee Legislator: While Donald Trump is a part time president, Mike Pence served as a part time legislator, missing 63 percent of his committee hearings while on the hill.