Tom McClintock’s Disdain for Government Does Us Harm

COVID-19 Outbreak

A government small enough to drown in the bathtub. That’s been the GOP’s goal for decades — to shrink the government so much that it plays no role in our lives. It’s been Tom McClintock’s goal for his entire political career, spanning nearly forty years.

And now we see clearly the failures of a government so small. We see who is harmed when the GOP is in charge. Tom McClintock’s 2019 “no” vote on HR 2740 tells us all we need to know about his priorities and the government he would build if he could. That Act funded vital government services, including the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. It rejected President Trump’s resolve to shrink those agencies by drastically cutting their funding, allocating additional money to both to ensure that they have the funds needed to do their work. As this article explains, H.R. 2740 “rejects the proposed slashing and outright elimination of critical programs in President Trump’s budget request and instead invests in important priorities like health care,” among other things.

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, we can clearly see the harm that policies like this do. The Trump administration — pursuing exactly the kind of government Tom McClintock long has fought to build — disbanded the pandemic response team that the Obama administration had built, firing some members and scattering others across government agencies. They were warned that it would be a catastrophic decision — that we would be unprepared for the next pandemic, which was inevitable — and they ignored those warnings.

And now we are paying the price. If the pandemic team had been in place — and if we’d chosen a government that heeded warnings, and listened to experts — we could have gotten ahead of COVID-19. We could have been like South Korea, and rapidly rolled out testing and quarantines. We could have limited the damage this virus will do. Instead, we gave the virus two full months to gain a foothold in this country. We waited two months to trigger the emergency processes that would ensure that health care workers have the PPE they need to protect themselves, and COVID-19 patients have the ventilators they need to survive. For two months, we did nothing. And now we’re scrambling to catch up to the wave that already is cresting in hospitals across the country. Now we are paying the price. Because politicians like Tom McClintock think government should be small enough to drown in a bathtub.

California’s 4th District deserves better. We deserve a representative who sees our challenges with clear eyes and takes meaningful action to fix them. We deserve a representative who truly cares about what happens in this District. We deserve a representative who will fight for us.

Join us, as we fight to send Tom McClintock back to his own District, and to finally stop him from selling us out, one vote at a time.

Because we know, as Margaret Mead said, that “a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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