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Heller High Water: How Dean Poses a Threat to Nevadans (OPINION)

By ThisIsReno

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.

By Adam Barrington

The political climate in the United States is shifting, drastically and excitingly in some ways, tediously and sluggishly in others. There are promising new movements and leaders emerging that have the potential to challenge the terrifying rightward shift we have all experienced over the past year or so, but the boring opportunists remain in both major political parties. One such boring opportunist, Nevada’s own Dean Heller, stands out among his peers as a coward, parasite, and out-of-touch buffoon.

Heller, who bragged on Twitter about helping write the recent tax bill that was a massive gift to the elite and a slap in the face to the rest of the country, got some heat from his fellow right-wingers when he voted against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. This was a prime example of his political opportunism. He attempts to appear moderate while continuing to be a loyal stooge for reactionary political forces and the wealthy donors who prop them up.

In response to a message I sent Heller regarding his shameful support of the economically illiterate tax bill, Dean sent me a letter, and was quick to acknowledge that “Nevadans are bringing home less money than they were 10 years ago,” and that “child care expenses continue to rise” in Nevada. How does he plan to fix these problems, among others? Why, give more money to those who need it the least, of course.

In the letter, Dean told me that the bill “does not shift the tax burden from higher-income households to lower-income households,” but this is precisely what it does. The money’s got to come from somewhere, and if the extremely wealthy aren’t paying, guess who has to foot the bill? Each time right-wing tax legislation is implemented, the working and middle classes suffer while the wealthy get a nice chunk of change from the government they bought long ago.

It’s also worth noting that Heller voted against net neutrality, and in favor of the corporate takeover of the internet. He received heaps of cash for his devotion. Heller’s horrendous voting record should be a clear indication to Nevadans that he hasn’t got the interests of working people in mind.

It should be common knowledge by now that Dean Heller is no novice when it comes to taking money from corporations and the elite, and he’s been their faithful lapdog for his entire career, serving their interests without much wavering. Called “the best senator Sheldon Adelson’s money can buy” by a 2012 Truthout article, Heller’s policies hurt the most marginalized and vulnerable people in Nevada while making sure his wealthy donors have got fat pockets and smiles on their faces.

The next financial crash is around the corner, and Nevada, Reno in particular, is in the midst of a housing crisis that cannot be fixed by right-wing legislation and lazy political opportunism like Heller’s. If we want to lessen the scope of the economic injury that is sure to result from the implementation of right-wing political policies, we must excise Dean Heller, like a malignant tumor, from any position of influence.

Adam BarringtonAdam Barrington is a labor organizer from Cleveland, Ohio.  He has worked with organizations such as Community Outreach Group and was an organizer for MoveOn.org’s United Against Hate campaign. During the RNC in Cleveland, Adam helped craft the public education platform for the People’s Justice and Peace Convention. He has a background in adolescent and young adult education and currently resides in Reno.



Paul Chiavini August 2, 2018 - 2:25 pm

Mr. Robins’ argument is both succinct and sound. Hurrah! Mr Barrington’s assertion that “the next financial crash is right around the corner” is neither supported by any economic indicators, nor is it grounded in any way. It is an over-broad statement that may be true sometime in the future, much as if I were to lick my finger, hold it in the wind, and pronounce “a storm is coming soon”.

Norm Robins August 2, 2018 - 12:16 pm

My goodness my goodness, on what planet does this young man live? He works with George Soros’s MoveOn.org that is the most hateful organization I know. This gentleman fits right into that mold. This essay shows that. And while I admire his ardor I question more than his wisdom. I question his sanity.

The trouble with self-styled intellectuals like this gentleman is that they never seem to pollute their thinking with valid empirical evidence. The beauty of their model is sufficient for them. For example, socialists like Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and this gentleman love to point to the Scandinavian countries as models where socialism exists and works. Horse feathers! These countries tried socialism in the 1970 and 1980s, and by the 1990s they rejected it as unworkable. They didn’t like how socialism was sapping the vitality out of their people. So the socialists point to countries that rejected socialism decades ago. Socialism promises heaven on earth. It has never delivered, and it never will because it is an intellectual construct and totally at variance with human nature and empirical evidence.

On the other hand, the socialist apologists completely ignore countries like North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and the now defunct Soviet Union, all of which are failures. But their leaders were and are made of sterner stuff than the Scandinavians. They know socialism can be implemented only at the point of a gun.

But what is even more galling about socialists than the surrealism of their position is the triumphalism with which they pronounce the future is here and it is socialist. To them I say the ancient Greeks had it right. They said those whom the gods would destroy they first make proud.

James Demestihas August 2, 2018 - 11:44 am

and now his ads say he fought for our veterans……yeah only in the last couple years! What about before that? Why now? Theres a snake in the grass!

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