Tulsi--The Good, and the Bad
Well, as Battle of Blair Mountain posted below, Tulsi voted for an awful piece of non-binding legislation to curb the BDS movement against Israel. That doesn't sit well with me at all. But, at the same time, I really wonder if Bernie (would he be a Representative instead of a Senator) would have voted for it? I sent an email off to her campaign denouncing the move and telling them my support depends on Tulsi doing right. Supporting apartheid and limits to freedom of speech are not my thing.
In juxtaposition to that smelly turd, however, Tulsi has done a few things in this legislative session which are pretty damn good:
Tulsi Introduces the MORE Act, a bipartisan bill to legalize marijuana, expunge all prior arrest records, and introducing a tax on it to fund underpriviledged communities around the country. Take a look at it, it has some very nice goals.
Tulsi Co-Sponsor's Audit the Fed, Tulsi is one of the co-sponsors to audit the Federal Reserve banks.
She also introduced a Hold Wall Street Executives Accountable act, which makes executives defer some of their income into a 10 year holding to pay out fines. This may be a nothingburger, because I can't find *how much* of their income needs to be deferred (could be $1 for all I know). More clarity would be good here.
Things like this and the very visible support she showed for Puerto Rico this past week make this a really hard thing for me. I'm going to see if she addresses her turd vote in upcoming days and/or see if it comes up in the debates.
Nobody is going to perfectly align with my views--I get that. But if Tulsi insists on stomping on Freedom of Speech and supporting apartheid actions of a foreign entity, that might be too much for me to take. Gonna let it play out for another week or so. Damn--it's like nobody can take the obvious moral stance on all issues. I had such high hopes!
Tulsi just got 2% in the latest Economist/YouGov national poll (not qualifying for debates 3 and 4), and she is now around 106,000 unique donors.