Printed letters, April 8, 2010

I am writing in reference to Rick Wagner’s March 25 column. I am a 56-year-old man whose friends routinely chide him about his liberal political leanings. It is in good fun, and there is generally more humor than rancor in our conversations. Thank goodness.

What is hard to explain to those who give me a bad time is the silliness of this “get government out of my life” mantra. We Americans are addicted to entitlements (e.g., Social Security, Medicare, welfare) just as we are to sugary soda. As the great cartoonist Walt Kelly said, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

I agree with Wagner about the pomp surrounding the passage of health care reform, and the signing of that legislation. It is unseemly, and rivals the end-zone dance of some overpaid professional athlete.

But, the Democrats have some reason to rejoice. They moved forward with a much-needed piece of legislation. Great legislation? Probably not. Too many concessions to powerful players that created the problem.

The power of this piece remains to be seen, but Wagner himself can’t deny the need for reform. This is where the Grand Old Party has dealt itself a huge blow.

Where he says the Democrats will have to live with the fallout of this legislation becoming law, he is right. The Democratic Party will, in history’s eyes, be forever seen as the forward-thinking party of the people.

The Republicans squandered all their political energy, not to further better legislation, but to stymie incomplete law that needed their input. This was a huge disservice, and a tremendous failure of our system of representative government.

Get one thing straight, folks, as you rail against Barack Obama or George Bush: Government was, is and always will be. It is you! It is on your streets, in your pocket, and coddles you from birth to death.

The fix for America is so much more than political. It is moral and deeply ethical, and it involves personal responsibility and participation, not obstruction and intransigence. And, oh yeah, maybe just a small dose of humor at the end of the day.

DAVID HOFFMAN

Grand Junction

Tea party is opposed to what Dems support

In the interest of full disclosure, I have not attended a tea party. But I have watched them on TV, read about them in The Daily Sentinel and listened to them on the radio, so I feel I have a good idea what they are about.

I find it odd that after every tea party in Grand Junction, the local media charge over to Martelle Daniels, the head of the local Democratic Party, to get a response from her. She always gives the same responses to the tea party: “What are they about?” “What do they stand for?” “What are they trying to accomplish?”

With all the media venues that are available to her for information, one can only conclude Daniels chooses to be ignorant about the tea party.

I’m just a simple guy, just another “Joe” in the crowd. I own a business, take care of my family, go to church, pay my tithes, pay my taxes and watch lots of high school sports. I feel that being simple, I could give Daniels a simple answer to her questions about the tea party.

The Democrats are for high taxes, taxes without representation, passing bills they don’t read, telling us they need to pass the bill so we can find out what is in the bill, paying out hundreds of billions of dollars to buy votes to pass a socialist health care bill. So, to simply answer Daniels’ questions about the tea party, the tea party is for the total opposite of what the Democrats support and that is it.

I hope this answers all of Daniels’ questions about the tea party.

SCOTT BOOHER

Clifton



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