‘Compromise’ shouldn’t 
be dirty word in politics

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RE your last paragraph:  Scott Tipton would not be one of those candidates.  Time for the Sentinel to call for his resignation.

Kudos to the Sentinel for editorially rejecting (“’Compromise’ shouldn’t be dirty word in politics”) the central tenet of the “Tea Party’s” perversion of “conservative principles”.

Despite paying obligatory lip-service to the false equivalency between the purported “brinkmanship” of Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), the Sentinel (and Reid) aptly noted that – in crafting the bill ending the “government shutdown” (until January 15, 2014) and avoiding “debt limit” default (until February 13, 2014) passed late last night – McConnell faced-down “uncompromising and unrealistic members of his party” (which heretofore included Congressman Scott Tipton), whose irresponsible antics wasted at least $24 billion.

For his troubles, McConnell obtained $3 billion for his home state – funding an Army Corps of Engineers navigability project on the lower Ohio River.

Similarly, Colorado’s Democratic Senators Bennet and Udall – diligently working behind-the-scenes—garnered $450 million “earmarked” for Colorado flood relief, along with $636 million for nationwide wildland fire suppression activities. 

Local veterans should be pleased that the bill also authorized an additional $294 million to continue reducing the backlog of benefit claims at the VA.

As the AP reports (“Congress narrowly avoids default”), Representative Hal Rogers (R-Ky), House Appropriations Committee Chairman (and the only GOP House member to speak in favor of the bill), emerged as the lone Republican voice of sanity.  Contrary to his Republican colleagues, Rogers (like Democrats) insists that current “sequestration” spending levels are far below what are actually needed to run the government. 
The lengthiest – and procedurally most significant – section of the bill is appropriately titled the “Default Prevention Act of 2013”, which codifies McConnell’s 2011 proposal to avoid the next “debt ceiling” crisis by authorizing (until February 7, 2014) President Obama to unilaterally “suspend” (raise) the debt ceiling, subject to Congressional acquiescence or rejection.
 
Tipton – perhaps responding to growing calls for his resignation—voted “AYE”.



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