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Here Are 5 Important Issues Voters Are Likely to Be Furious About in November

There's a lot to be mad about under this administration.

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Although President Donald Trump has been boasting that Republicans will be increasing their majority in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives in the November midterms, not all Republicans share his optimism. Former Florida Rep. David Jolly and GOP strategists Alex Castellanos and Rick Tyler have been asserting that Democrats are likely to retake the House, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich has stressed that Democrats are “more energized than Republicans” going into November. The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol is especially bullish on Democrats, predicting that they will retake the Senate as well as the House. 

It remains to be seen what will happen in November. But clearly, when right-wingers like Jolly, Castellanos, Tyler and Kasich look outside the Fox News/AM talk radio bubble, they are seeing a lot of anger and frustration among voters. And in the Trump era, voters certainly have a lot to be angry and frustrated about. 

Here are five issues that many anti-Trump voters are likely to be furious about when they go to the polls on Tuesday, November 6.

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1. Soaring Healthcare Premiums

For all its flaws and shortcomings, the Affordable Care Act of 2010, a.k.a. Obamacare, has grown in popularity. In May, a Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 54% of Americans had a favorable opinion of Obamacare—which Trump and most Republicans in the Senate hoped to overturn and replace with the wildly unpopular American Health Care Act (a wretched bill that, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would have deprived a staggering 23 million Americans of health insurance by 2026). GOP efforts to overturn the ACA have created instability in the health insurance market, causing premiums to soar. And if voters blame Trump and Republicans in Congress for their insufferable healthcare costs, they are likely to remember that when they vote in the midterms. 

2. The U.S. Supreme Court

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, is faring badly in polls: Americans who would like to see him confirmed include 41% according to Pew Research, 41% according to Gallup and 38% according to Fox News. And there are many reasons to dislike him. Kavanaugh, a far-right “strict constructionist” and social conservative along the lines of Clarence Thomas and the late Antonin Scalia, not only has a long history of favoring corporate power over consumers—he would likely vote to overturn crucial rulings like 1973’s Roe v. Wade (which would mean the end of illegal abortion in many states) and 1965’s Griswold v. Connecticut (thus giving individual states the right to outlaw contraception). Kavanaugh would be terrible for the Supreme Court, and Republicans are hoping to ram his confirmation through the Senate without any real analysis or vetting.

3. Taxes

In February, a Politico survey found that only 37% of employed Americans had seen an increase in their paychecks since the GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 went into effect—while 53% had not experienced any change. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was a huge gift to corporations, whose rates were reduced from 35% to 21%. But while that change is permanent, the law’s increased standard deduction for average workers is only temporary. As economist Robert Reich noted, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is great for the 1% but a cruel joke for most Americans. And when they go to the polls in November, anti-Trump voters are likely to remember the way in which the bill was rammed through Congress. 

4. Corruption Upon Corruption 

Republican commentator Charlie Sykes, who is among Trump’s right-wing critics, has denounced the Trump era as one of “corruption and cruelty”—and Trump, to be sure, has turned out to be the most scandal-plagued president since Richard Nixon. Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security advisor, and George Papadopoulos (Trump’s former campaign advisor on foreign policy) both pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI. Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, is facing multiple federal charges of bank fraud and tax evasion—and the prosecution’s star witness in Manafort’s trial is former Trump campaign aid Rick Gates. When angry voters go to the polls in November, it will be obvious to them that Trump is hardly “draining the swamp” as he promised. 

5. Net Neutrality 

As much as modern-day Republicans like to paint themselves as lovers of competition and free-market capitalism, the fact is that their policies discourage competition and promote monopolies—and a glaring example is their opposition to Obama-era net neutrality rules, which were repealed by the FCC under the Trump administration. Under net neutrality, Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and Time Warner had to treat all online content equally; they could legally charge extra for faster connection speeds—which is perfectly legitimate—but they couldn’t charge customers extra for access to “premium sites” like, for example, YouTube. Net neutrality treated the Internet like a public resource, and the Trump-era FCC threw that protection out the window—which is yet another thing voters have to be furious about in November.

 

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Alex Henderson is a news writer at AlterNet and veteran political journalist. His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A. Weekly, MintPress News and many other publications. Follow him on Twitter @alexvhenderson.