Printed letters, October 19, 2012

Congressman Scott Tipton’s ad about Sal Pace fools few. Fact checkers know that the $715 billion President Obama “took out of Medicare” was a savings used to fill the donut hole and extend the life of Medicare another eight years.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act would put Medicare in trouble in 2016 instead of 2024. Perhaps, like his cohorts, Tipton wants Medicare to be privatized while he pretends to support it.

It is understandable that Tipton needs to deceive because he has done little to produce jobs. The CBO says that passing Obama’s job bill would produce 2 1/2 million jobs, but the president might get credit. He prefers to spend his time jousting with windmills that have no chance of becoming law.

Tipton believes in trickle-down economics instead of increasing jobs and demand. Equal pay for women is a bridge too far, as is fixing the one down the road. When the country needed solutions, he provided only ideology.

The real conundrum Tipton wants us to believe is that decreasing taxes for the wealthy, and thereby increasing our national debt by trillions, is somehow being financially conservative.

If he supports Gov. Mitt Romney’s idea to increase the defense budget by more trillions without a real cause, we have to wonder how it will all be paid for. Doubtless programs and taxes affecting the middle class will be hit the hardest. Getting rid of Big Bird will not do it.

They want to put Social Security on vouchers, let Medicare explode in 2016 and perhaps drop the mortgage tax deduction, thereby killing the struggling housing industry. This ideology just does not work.

HARRY MCDONALD

Grand Junction

Medicare cuts are mythical, 
$16 trillion debt all too real

Poor old Bill Grant would like you to believe that Sal Pace’s position on health care is similar to Mitt Romney’s. This is an easy statement to debunk by asking Pace if he will vote to repeal Obamacare.

Clearly, someone who favors a single- payer, government-controlled system as Pace does will side with Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the liberal politicians back in Washington, D.C.

This $716 billion that Grant rants about is a mythical number in the first place. It is the amount of money to be saved, according to the Congressional Budget Office in a letter it sent to John Boehner, detailing the budget impact of repealing Obamacare. According to the CBO, if Congress overturned the law, “spending on Medicare would increase by an estimated $716 billion over the 2013-2022 period.”

How this number is arrived at involves cutting back on reimbursement rates to hospitals and insurance companies, among other things to which the law of unknown consequences will apply. The important point here is that the $716 billion is a projected number and has not occurred.

Here are some facts, however. The United States is more than $16 trillion in debt. Medicare, as we have it now, is headed for insolvency by 2024 by most estimates. Would not this $716 billion be put to better use within Medicare to make it more solvent rather than paying for a new entitlement most people did not want at the expense of the obligations that have been made to our seniors?

Finally, Grant resorts to calling Scott Tipton and Mitt Romney liars. How many people would like to know the truth about what happened to our ambassador to Libya and the cover-up that followed?

MICHAEL HIGGINS

Grand Junction

 

Do homework thoroughly 
in order to vote intelligently

Nov. 6 is Election Day. Just think about the power we have that day. Our votes could change the course of history, not only in America, but worldwide. What we do at the polls should not be taken lightly.

I wonder how many voters give a lot of serious thought to their vote. Are you a sheep, a person who follows the flock and assumes the leader knows what he is doing? Or are you your own person and realize the importance of your vote?

You would not sign a contract without reading it in its entirety, would you? So, doesn’t it make sense to do your own research on the candidates? You need to be objective by looking at each individual’s accomplishments and failures. The debates have been an excellent way to really see how the candidates behave under pressure.

The accuracy and quality of their responses can show you what kind of leaders they would be. Don’t go by everything the media or the polls tell you. Take your own poll by talking to your immediate family and circle of friends, people you trust and respect. Ask them about their feelings on major issues and the candidates. You might be amazed what you learn from them. I know I was.

Being a Democrat or a Republican really doesn’t matter. What matters is that your vote is made in good conscience. You have done your homework, and to the best of your knowledge your vote was the right vote in helping to make America the best that it can be.

CYNTHIA WHITE

Grand Junction


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