Tipton: Senate, Obama must negotiate now

Rep. Scott Tipton



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Rep. Scott Tipton

The federal government shutdown over, it’s now up to the Senate and President Barack Obama to negotiate with House Republicans, said U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo.

Conceding he was “a bit battered and bruised” by the 16-day federal shutdown that came to an end Wednesday, Tipton said in a telephone interview that the Democrat-dominated Senate and Obama had refused to negotiate during a shutdown.

Now that federal employees are back to work, it’s time to put the promise of negotiations to the test, Tipton said.

The agreement that ended the shutdown will expire in January. Until then, the House will continue to pass legislation in hopes the Senate will take them up.

“I guarantee you we will have a series of bills flowing out and we will see if they are good to their word” in the Senate, Tipton said. “We’ve given them a temporary extension to see if they’re true to their word.”

The coming months will allow the focus to shift from the shutdown to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, also called “Obamacare,” Tipton said.

Republicans surrendered on their calls for changes to the Affordable Care Act, from a yearlong delay in implementing the law to a demand that Congress and the administration be required to participate in exchanges, or online marketplaces. They also agreed to an increase in the debt ceiling until January.

The Republican-run House passed multiple measures that would have reopened various parts of the federal government, from national parks to benefits for wounded veterans.

“They’re all sitting on the doorstep of the Senate and yet there was no national clamor for the Senate to act,” Tipton said.

Among the plans being worked on by the House are plans that Rep. Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, said will balance the budget in eight years, Tipton said.

The shutdown, however “is not something anybody is going to jump up and down about,” Tipton said. “The ACA was not stopped” and the tourism industry of the Western Slope suffered, he said.

He and other Republicans are frustrated, Tipton said.

“We have the intellectual high ground in terms of real numbers and real impacts,” Tipton said. “Politically, this is where we are until 2016. All we heard was ‘No.’ ”



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By now, sentient Sentinel reader (and editors) should be weary of Congressman Scott Tipton’s continuing efforts – as dutifully reported by Gary Harmon (“Tipton:  Senate, Obama must negotiate now”)—to evade “personal responsibility” for his actions.

Since 2011, Tipton has been an enthusiastic participant in the “Tea Party” Repugnicans’  deliberate efforts to “deny President Obama a second term” and sabotage his presidency by effecting “gridlock”.  As widely reported yesterday, their “strategy” has thus far cost our economy some $300 billion and 900,000 jobs.  “Good job, Scotty!”

On October 1, 2013, Tipton voted for the anti-democratic rule change that guaranteed a prolonged shutdown.  Only after local economic impacts within the 3rd Congressional District prompted calls for his resignation did Tipton vote for the Reid-McConnell bill that both ended the shutdown and avoided default.  Meanwhile, those 16 days of Tipton-encouraged shutdown cost the national economy (i.e., wasted) at least $24 billion. 

From March 23, 2013 (when the Senate passed a budget resolution differing from the House version, thereby requiring a conference committee) through September 30, 2013,  Speaker Boehner – on twenty separate occasions—refused to appoint conferees, while Senate Republicans filibustered Majority Leader Reid’s appointments.  Thus, for six months, House Republicans “refused to negotiate” – fecklessly hoping to extort the repeal of ObamaCare by threatening shutdown and/or default. 

On October 1, 2013, with the shutdown then underway, Boehner finally appointed House conferees and staged a cynical “photo op” with an empty conference table – because, as President Obama warned for two years and Leader Reid confirmed, Democrats rightly “refused to negotiate during a shutdown” and/or under threat of default.

On October 16, 2013, the Reid-McConnell bill required what Repugnicans had refused to do – “negotiate” and resolve budgetary differences by December 13, 2013.

Tipton persistently proves how contemptibly low his “intellectual high ground” really is.

Bill H. expressed the situation quite well. S.T.’s statement of “intellectual high ground” capped a satire of writing by Harmon. The teabaggers still promote “supply side” or trickle down policies of enriching a few and killing the economy for everyone else. They support deregulation that caused ordinary people to lose homes, retirement plans and put them on the street. They would “kill” SSI and Medicare and turn the country over to corporations in the name of “privatization”. Now compare this history with definition of Facism (Hitler and Mussolini) by Emilio Gentile who describes fascism within ten constituent elements (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism ):
(edited to fit)
1.a mass movement with multiclass membership in which ... believes itself invested with a mission of national regeneration, considers itself in a state of war against political adversaries and aims at conquering a monopoly of political power by using terror, parliamentary politics, and deals with leading groups, to create a new regime that destroys parliamentary democracy;
2. an ‘anti-ideological’ and pragmatic ideology that proclaims itself antimaterialist, anti-individualist, antiliberal, antidemocratic, anti-Marxist, is populist ... and expresses itself ... by means of a new political style and by myths, rites, and symbols as a lay religion designed to acculturate, socialize, and integrate the faith of the masses with the goal of creating a ‘new man’;
3.a culture founded on mystical thought and the tragic and activist sense of life conceived ... militarization of politics as the model of life and collective activity;
4. a totalitarian conception of the primacy of politics, conceived of as an integrating experience to carry out the fusion of the individual and the masses ... in an ethnic and moral community, adopting measures of discrimination and persecution against those considered to be outside ... as ... members of races considered to be inferior or otherwise dangerous for the integrity of the nation;
5. a civil ethic founded on total dedication to the national community, on discipline, virility, comradeship, and the warrior spirit;
6.a single state party that has the task of providing for the armed defense of the regime… and faith;
7. a police apparatus that prevents, controls, and represses dissidence and opposition, even by using organized terror;
8. a political system organized by hierarchy of functions named from the top and crowned by the figure of the ‘leader,’ invested with a sacred charisma, who commands, directs, and coordinates the activities of the party and the regime;
9. CORPORATIVE ORGANIZATION OF THE ECONOMY that suppresses trade union liberty, broadens the sphere of state intervention, ... yet preserving private property and class divisions;
10.a foreign policy inspired by the myth of national power and greatness, with the goal of imperialist expansion.
Sound like tea party?

Bill H. expressed the situation quite well.  S.T.’s statement of “intellectual high ground” capped a satire of writing by Harmon. The T-Per’s still promote “supply side” or trickle down policies of enriching a few and killing the economy for everyone else. They support deregulation that caused ordinary people to lose homes, retirement plans and put them on the street. They would “kill” SSI and Medicare and turn the country over to corporations in the name of “privatization”. Now compare this history with definition of Facism (Hitler and Mussolini) by Emilio Gentile who describes fascism within ten constituent elements (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism ):
(edited to fit)
1.a mass movement with multiclass membership in which ... believes itself invested with a mission of national regeneration, considers itself in a state of war against political adversaries and aims at conquering a monopoly of political power by using terror, parliamentary politics, and deals with leading groups, to create a new regime that destroys parliamentary democracy;
2. an ‘anti-ideological’ and pragmatic ideology that proclaims itself antimaterialist, anti-individualist, antiliberal, antidemocratic, anti-Marxist, is populist ... and expresses itself ... by means of a new political style and by myths, rites, and symbols as a lay religion designed to acculturate, socialize, and integrate the faith of the masses with the goal of creating a ‘new man’;
3.a culture founded on mystical thought and the tragic and activist sense of life conceived ... militarization of politics as the model of life and collective activity;
4. a totalitarian conception of the primacy of politics, conceived of as an integrating experience to carry out the fusion of the individual and the masses ... in an ethnic and moral community, adopting measures of discrimination and persecution against those considered to be outside ... as ... members of races considered to be inferior or otherwise dangerous for the integrity of the nation;
5. a civil ethic founded on total dedication to the national community, on discipline, virility, comradeship, and the warrior spirit;
6.a single state party that has the task of providing for the armed defense of the regime… and faith;
7. a police apparatus that prevents, controls, and represses dissidence and opposition, even by using organized terror;
8. a political system organized by hierarchy of functions named from the top and crowned by the figure of the ‘leader,’ invested with a sacred charisma, who commands, directs, and coordinates the activities of the party and the regime;
9. CORPORATIVE ORGANIZATION OF THE ECONOMY that suppresses trade union liberty, broadens the sphere of state intervention, ... yet preserving private property and class divisions;
10.a foreign policy inspired by the myth of national power and greatness, with the goal of imperialist expansion.
Sound like tea party?

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