Printed letters, September 27, 2012

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Paul Didier is absolutely correct—but forgot to mention that our own 3d CD “representative” Scott Tipton (as well as Paul Ryan)signed the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge”, thereby subordinating his oath of office to abject loyalty to an unelected Grover Norwquist.

The “Taxpayers Protection Pledge” is also profoundly oxymoronic, as evidenced by its adverse impact on the revenue enhancement proposals put forth by the Simpson-Bowles Commission—intended to “protect” taxpayers from an impending national debt crisis.

Because Norquist defined both “closing tax loopholes” and “ending unnecessary subsidies” as equivalent to verboten “tax increases”, Norquist announced that voting for the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles Commission’s recommendations would violate “the pledge”.  As a result, Paul Ryan and all House Republicans on the commission voted no.  Now, Ryan claims that President Obama—not himself—“walked away” from Simpson-Bowles, thereby combining sedition with outright falsehoods.

Paul Didier’s letter (“Signing Taxpayer Protection Pledge verges on sedition”) aptly castigates the signatories – including Paul Ryan and our own “representative” Scott Tipton – of anti-tax extremist Grover Norquist’s “pledge”.

By subordinating his oath of office to an un-elected self-appointed lobbyist, by disloyally pledging his allegiance to a subversive Tea Party agenda rather than to the Constitution, and by voting accordingly, Tipton has disqualified himself for re-election in the 3d CD.

Moreover, not only is “the pledge” effectively seditious, it is also oxymoronic – because it fails to afford “taxpayer protection” against the mounting burden of our national debt and has had a pernicious delaying effect on bipartisan efforts to confront that issue.

In late 2009, the House passed legislation to create a bipartisan debt commission.  In January 2010, six Republicans sponsoring it in the Senate voted against their own bill – with another abstaining.  On February 18, 2010, President Obama created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform by executive order.  That “Simpson-Bowles Commission” – which included Paul Ryan – began deliberating in April 2010.

When the Commission announced that it was considering “revenue enhancements” (e.g., “closing loopholes”, “eliminating unneeded subsidies”, and/or “limiting deductions”) in addition to substantial budget cuts, Norquist proclaimed that all such “enhancements” would violate “the pledge” if they raised anyone’s taxes. 

In November 2010, the 111th Congress was elected – buoyed by the mindless “no tax” pledge.  On November 10, 2010, the Commission’s co-chairmen released their debt reduction recommendations.  On December 3, 2010, Ryan and all other signatories of “the pledge” irresponsibly voted against them – killing the bipartisan effort.

Ryan then falsely accused President Obama of “walking away” from the Commission’s proposals!

In fact, Republicans (like Scott Tipton)created the $16 trillion national debt and Republican signatories of “the pledge” (like Scott Tipton) have been obstructing all efforts to address the problem for two years now.

                Bill Hugenberg



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