Why the midterms matter for the GOP

High prices, crime, open borders. This is what we get with the current Democrat controlled Congress. 

Facing these circumstances, it’s important that Americans send a message to the current administration by voting for Republican candidates on Tuesday.

In March of 2021, President Biden and Congressional Democrats passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. According to Politifact, economists Jason Furman and Dean Baker, the spending from this bill overheated the economy and increased inflation. The consequences of this inflationary spending have been higher prices for everything from milk and meat to gas and clothing.

Even with economists in consensus that the American Rescue Plan increased inflation, Democrats in Congress and the Biden administration decided to pass another inflationary bill, the dishonestly-named Inflation Reduction Act. The Tax Foundation’s analysis of the law found it to actually worsen inflation. 

The reason is because government spending increases the consumer demand for goods and services by pumping money into the economy, meaning too much demand will cause prices to rise.

Republicans have consistently voted against these inflationary proposals, and have been at the forefront of fighting against the Biden administration’s reckless spending, according to NPR. When elected, the Republican majority will not pass more spending bills that will raise the price of essential goods and services. 

Republicans have voted against inflationary bills like the Inflation Reduction Act, the American Rescue Plan, and Build Back Better. The Republicans’ record is clear — government fueled inflation will not be an issue with a Republican Congress. 

Violent crime also increased by over 4.2 percent from Jan. 1 to June 30 this year, according to a survey by the Major Cities Chiefs Association, an organization of police executives. Many major cities such as Atlanta and New Orleans have seen 20 percent and 40 percent jumps in homicide rates respectively. 

Despite these increases, Brian C. Smith, senior vice president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, said in an interview with Axios that police around the country don’t have enough officers. Even as police budgets increase across the country, they have not been sufficient for handling America’s current crime crisis.

A vast majority of large American cities have Democrat mayors and Democrat city councils, according to Ballotpedia. Cities are getting much more dangerous because of Democrat policies and inaction to sufficiently fund police. 

For example, in 2021, the Democrat dominated Minneapolis city council pledged to abolish the city’s police department; this effort failed after Minneapolis voters voted against it, according to The New York Times. Democrat politicians like Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez support defunding the police, according to Newsweek.

 We have seen governors such as Oregon’s Kate Brown and California’s Gavin Newsom ignore the crime crises in their respective states, according to KGW8 in Portland and FOX11 in Los Angeles. By ignoring these crime crises, they are in effect defunding their police departments.

A University of Massachusetts poll conducted in May shows defunding the police only has 31 percent support amongst Americans. While Democrats stay weak on crime, Republicans have shown initiative on the issues of crime and police. 

Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has pledged $100 million to deal with rising crime in the state of Georgia, according to WRDW_TV in Georgia. Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a law to penalize localities for defunding their police departments according to Kut, Austin’s NPR station. 

Republicans have been firm on protecting communities, which is why we have to elect Republicans into executive and federal positions to fund our police and keep America safe.

The United States had nearly 2.76 million illegal border crossings, the largest number of illegal border crossings ever recorded in American history according to The Hill. President Biden and the Democrat-controlled Congress have done literally nothing about this crisis. 

Furthermore, the Customs and Border Patrol reported that nearly 10,000 pounds of fentanyl have been seized at the border this year, over 1066 percent more than the previous year and an incredible increase from 2019, in which only 668 pounds of fentanyl was seized, according to The Washington Post

In 2021, over 100,000 Americans died from fentanyl overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

The National Review reported that governors such as Abbott have been calling on President Biden for more support and security at the border, but the call has fallen on deaf ears. Instead of trying to secure America’s borders and make sure Americans are safe, we are dealing with a border that is wide open for thousands to cross every day, as reported by the Washington Office on Latin America

We need to elect a Congress that will protect our vulnerable communities from drug overdose and crime by securing our borders.

These failed policies of the Biden administration can be remedied by electing Republicans into office this election.