Tipton in hot seat at chamber event

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As Charles Ashby chronicled (“Tipton in hot seat at chamber event”), Scott (“Tea Party”) Tipton is right where he belongs – on the “hot seat” kindled by his contradictory policy pronouncements (which both defy common sense and threaten the best interests of his constituents) and enflamed by his rhetorical pandering to extremists.

House Repugnicans deliberately contrived to manufacture the “government shutdown” and threaten default – apparently in irresponsible ignorance that the former would have adverse economic impacts (totaling $24 billion) on businesses in their constituencies.

Tipton voted for both – apparently sharing the belief expressed by “others” that “it might have been better had the federal government gone bankrupt”, despite the fact that 70% of his constituents (which depends on various federal “transfer payments”) and thus 99+% of local businesses (which depend on that purchasing power) would have been devastated by such an inanely stupid self-inflicted suicidal wound.

Tipton has previously conceded that the effort to extort “some compromises on the health care act” was inherently futile, because the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) is self-funded (and thus couldn’t be “de-funded”) and House Repugnicans lacked the votes in the more responsible Senate (Cruz’s pompously psychopathic encouragement notwithstanding).

Tipton further misled his audience by conflating the House resolution to delay the ACA’s “individual mandate” for a whole year with recent Democratic initiatives to extend the “open enrollment” period for six (plus) weeks—while website difficulties are remedied.

Tipton disingenuously blamed the Senate for the debacle, when – after the Senate passed its budget resolution on March 23, 2013 (requiring a “conference committee”) – Boehner refused to appoint House conferees for six months (to precipitate the “shutdown” and threaten default), while Senate Republicans filibustered Reid’s appointees. 

Meanwhile, Tipton cynically cites distorted statistics to insist that “spending” – rather than historically low and demonstrably inadequate revenues – “is the problem”.

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