Printed Letters: March 21, 2014

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Having been prompted by Will Eidson’s hyperbolic letter (“Grant’s venomous opinion of Tipton is mind-boggling”) to re-read Bill Grant’s recent Sentinel column (“ACA could be Tipton’s Achilles heel”), I found it truly “mind-boggling” that Eidson found anything remotely resembling “venomous . . . name–calling” therein.

Grant’s column was more about the growing and under-reported success (both locally and nationally) of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) than about “Teapublican” Tipton, who has cast some 51 votes to repeal, replace, and/or de-fund the ACA – even as it benefits millions of previously uninsured Americans nationwide and hundreds locally).

For the record, I have met Congressman Scott Tipton – and found him to be just another dishonest politician more willing to pander to gullible and uninformed sources of support rather than lead his constituency to understand the real issues facing this country.

For example, at the “Town Meeting” Tipton held in Grand Junction on October 25, 2013, Tipton lied to attendees about having not voted to “shut down” the government – which cost our economy some $28 billion – then justified his vote to reopen the government by explaining that his chosen tactic never had any chance of success anyway!

As Gary Harmon aptly reported (“Rep. Tipton takes hits right and left over shutdown, Obamacare”), Tipton admitted that – for six months—the Republican-controlled House had refused to appoint a conference committee take up the Senate-passed budget, but blamed the Senate for refusing to consider Republicans’ ridiculous “repeal” bills (disingenuously evading what Tipton knew – that it was all part of Republicans’ long-standing, Tipton-supported, but ill-conceived strategy to “shut down” the Government).

Moreover, at that same “Town Hall” meeting, Tipton distributed a “handout” which dishonestly combined the CBO’s ten year budget projections with Republicans’ unsubstantiated out-year projections to scare gullible locals into believing that the Republican-produced National Debt is out-of-control and that “spending is the problem” – when every objective analysis concludes that Republican-imposed austerity and anti-government and anti-tax ideological constraints on revenue is the real problem.

Perhaps Eidson should reread Grant’s column too.

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