E-mail letters, December 3, 2010

Republicans don’t appear
truly concerned on economy

If it were truly the intent of the Republican leadership in their actions the past week to create jobs and promote prosperity within this nation, to lead us forward with visionary resolutions to reduce our debt and to make our nation sustainable long into the future, then they should be applauded for their absolute refusal to compromise in any way on the extension of tax
cuts.

But I do not think these are their motives. Why would this wise group, given the leadership of this nation, full knowing that they have to make hard choices to resolve the debt, not immediately pounce upon an opportunity to resolve some portion of that debt? Why, full knowing that billions of dollars are being taken from our economy by financial groups, and other large corporations and deposited without any plan to return those dollars to our economy, or create jobs, would they not want to create incentives to return of a portion of those funds to use within the economic stream and resolve critical budget shortages? Why this blockade from reasonable actions?

If you want to stimulate jobs by reducing taxes, then do so. That is what President Obama as been pushing forward with Small Business Tax Relief.

It is very clear if you look at the overall picture that the Republicans motives are to protect those who have accumulated massive wealth and destroy the power of the president, not to lead this nation from the critical mass we now find ourselves.

It is long past time to think about their motives. That should have happened before the election. But it is never too late to begin to think about the solutions.
Fred Pittenger
Grand Junction


Republicans rejected measure
that would have saved us money

It has been a month now since the elections. The newly elected Republican Guard has not taken office, yet the current Republican minority unanimously voted for the largest tax increase in my lifetime.

I guess what I’m getting at is this. They are called the Bush Tax Cuts for a reason. The reason Republican lawmakers voted against extending a part of the Bush Tax Cuts, a measure they authored, is so they wouldn’t be on record agreeing with Democrats.

In other words, we may pay more in taxes so John Boehner can get more face time. Republicans have wasted years and trillions of our dollars trying to obstruct a legally elected government instead of governing.

Republicans are having a hard time melding a radical ideology with harsh reality. Democratic leadership then has to govern alone. Therefore, it takes longer to get less done. But the record will show the “tax and spend liberals” fought hard for tax relief while the “radical obstructionists” betrayed their own beliefs. And their constituents.

So, I guess it is no surprise when I read in the paper how some local Republicans are not fit to govern. They can’t even agree among themselves. Maybe more “failed stimulus” money will turn their frown upside down.
John A. Ijams
Grand Junction



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