House Republicans’ budget to nowhere

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If 3d C.D. Congressman Scott Tipton was quoted correctly in Saturday’s Sentinel (“GOP:  Keep government open, hit ‘Obamacare’”), then he’s a bald-faced liar – as well as voting 43 wasted times to repeal it (see: “House Republicans’ budget to nowhere”).

Tipton reportedly asserts that “ever-increasing government spending, not lack of revenue, is growing our national debt, and Obamacare continues to play a major role in adding to that spending”.  Every element of Tipton’s assertion is demonstrably false.

First, government spending continues to increase as a result of both population growth and the near-depression inherited by President Obama.

Second, whether or not government spending is “ever-increasing”, only deficit spending actually contributes to the national debt.  As the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (“CBO”) reported last Tuesday, the current federal budget deficit has shrunk to its lowest level since 2008 – and will soon be only 2% of GDP.

Third, since 1980, federal deficit spending has consistently been much more profligate under Republican administrations than Democratic presidents – despite Republicans’ disingenuous claim of being “fiscal conservatives”.

Fourth, every nonpartisan analysis concludes that “lack of revenue” – not Tipton’s “ever-increasing government spending”—is the primary driver of our “growing national debt”.  Indeed,, had the Bush Tax Cuts not been enacted, the entire national debt could have been paid off by 2011.

Fifth, the CBO also calculates that 72% of the $11.7 trillion increase in the end-of-2011 national debt over what it had projected in 2001 resulted from legislated tax cuts and spending increases – 37% of which was attributable to the recession, 33% to the Bush tax cuts and war-spending, 20% to Bush policies reluctantly extended by President Obama, and only 10% to policies initiated since 2009.

Sixth, every nonpartisan report concludes that ObamaCare will decrease deficits, restrain future Medicare costs, and create millions of new jobs – yet Tipton wants to repeal it.

Thus, “Tea Partier” Tipton is deliberately and dishonestly misleading his constituency.

Kudo’s to the Daily Sentinel for its continuing efforts to provide “fair and balanced” chronicling of the ongoing debate over the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) by printing competing editorials, articles, columns, and letters relating to “ObamaCare”.

Three items in Sunday’s edition merit particular attention:  the timely editorial, “House Republicans’ budget to nowhere”; Gail Collins’ column, “Contradictory arguments drive the GOP’s fight against Obamacare”, and Dr. Larry D. Tice’s letter, “Repeal Obamacare, pass affordable plan”.

The Sentinel’s editors correctly chastise Republicans (impliedly including our own 3rd C.D. Congressman Scott Tipton) for wasting three years of purely symbolic votes and admittedly false promises—and now threatening to “shut down the government” and/or wreck the world economy – instead of working to improve what was originally their own idea.

Given the mountains of false propaganda dispensed by ObamaCare’s partisan detractors – cynically intended to obfuscate its “good aspects” (acknowledged by the Sentinel)—it is entirely understandable that “millions of Americans” (including Dr. Tice) “worry about what it will do to businesses, individuals and the U.S. economy”, not to mention our oxymoronic health care “system”.

However, contrary to the Sentinel’s conclusion, the way to alleviate those concerns “is by electing more people to Congress and the White House who will [improve] the law” (not mindlessly “attack” it) and fewer people (like Scott Tipton) who knowingly lie about it and deliberately mislead their constituencies as to viable “replacement” alternatives.

Moreover, as Collins suggests, Republican extremists are not crusading against the ACA because they honestly believe it will fail (the “train wreck” they are actively seeking to cause), but because they fear it will succeed and – like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid – rather than “wreaking havoc on American families” and “ruining their lives”, will be appreciated so much that American voters will reject its Republican saboteurs.

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