Email letters, Nov. 30, 2012

Tipton urged to rethink his fidelity to Norquist

Scott Tipton is a participating obstructionist member of the 112th Congress whose strategy failed to regain the White House. I am concerned about his possible continued fidelity to lobbyist Grover Norquist and the extreme right of his party in the upcoming budget negotiations.

I have been a blue-collar worker in the 3rd Congressional District for many years. Unlike a slim majority here, I voted my economic interests and did not support Tipton in the election. I feel the idea of taxing dividends and capital gains at a lower rate than the money I have to earn by the strength of my back and the sweat of my brow is repugnant.

I also suspect that many of my fellow rednecks who did support Tipton might come to feel the same way. The argument that the top 2 percent are job creators and thus deserving of privilege is not winnable, as this past election has so demonstrated.

The political pendulum that started swinging to the right in 1976 with the defeat of Jimmy Carter is going back the other way. Given the magnitude of corruption and excess, two failed wars and the colossal failure to regulate the financial industry, it seems to have a ways to go. I wouldn’t want to be in front of it.

Glenwood Springs

Tipton puts oath of office ahead of pledge to Norquist

I saw a story on the news a few nights ago about the “fiscal cliff,” what Congress is doing to prevent that, and how our Colorado representatives plan to vote on the crisis facing our country.

Congressman Scott Tipton is the only Republican from our state who said that he is willing to consider all options in order to get our country’s fiscal house in order.  I was relieved to see that Tipton puts his oath of office before any pledge to Grover Norquist or any other extremist.

I ask Tipton to please continue to listen to his constituents and consider that letting the Bush tax cuts expire for the richest 2 percent is the best choice for the middle class and for the country.  I believe he understands that Mesa County needs solutions and not extremism. We’re relying on him to get the job done.


Exempt job incentive ventures inside nation, R&D from taxes

Those who reject the idea of taxes in principle are economic traitors. Even churches suggest percentages, as well as racketeers.

On taxes: Tax breaks for millionaires? Are we subsidizing the egos of the poor little rich? Are they so lame that they need such incentives? Are we referring to disposable income? Is this systemic genocide of the rich? Is it a socialist plot to damn capitalism?

The better question is: Who is behind the belief that taxes are bad and stifle growth? It is a privilege to pay taxes on disposable income; however, investments that generate that income should be tax-free. That’s where the incentives are.

All new business and research and development, all job incentives kept inside the U.S. and any new business (large or small) should be tax-free.

Does Grover Norquist keep company that far from anti-American interests? He sure has a lot of power over half the Congress.

Grand Junction

Making wealthiest pony up more just one way of raising revenue

The “fiscal cliff” would allow taxes to go up an average of $2,200 per family of four and would pose an additional hardship on middle-class families who have already suffered through the Great Recession (caused by the policies of George Bush, Jr.) and its aftermath.

The fairest way to address the current fiscal situation, promote economic growth and protect middle-class families is to extend tax cuts for the middle class and allow cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent to expire.
Everyone who isn’t wealthy should support a deal that allows the Bush-era tax cuts to expire for the wealthiest 2 percent and extends tax cuts for those earning under $250,000.

There are other ways to get more revenue such as raising the inheritance tax, cutting back on the money paid to the military industrial complex, stopping the flow of subsidies into the very profitable oil industry, taxing CEOs (et al.), and making seven-digit incomes at a 90 percent tax rate like they did when I started paying income tax 50 years ago.  There are many more. 

It’s time to stop letting the “big boys” off the hook by making them pay their fair share.  This Congress can go down in history as the one that stopped this country’s slide into a two-class society.



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