Re-elect Scott Tipton

State Rep. Sal Pace has based his campaign against incumbent Congressman Scott Tipton largely on the notion that he, Pace, will do more to buck his own Democratic Party leadership and work…




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Hal Mason’s Sunday guest column – “Politicians Aren’t telling the full story of our national debt”—raises legitimate questions about our fiscal future, particularly when considered in the context of the related AP story in Sunday’s Sentinel—“Numbers laid out by Obama, Romney fail to fill deficit-reduction gap”, and Ruth Marcus’s column – “Democrats’ plan to tax the wealthy won’t fix our debt-deficit problem”.

Clearly, the reason “politicians aren’t telling the full story of our national debt” is that none can offer immediately effective solutions to problems that have been building for 30 years (and were central issues in the Reagan-Mondale presidential debates in 1984).

While Marcus’s headline asserts the obvious, what is also evident is that the Romney-Ryan “plan” (if any) would worsen the problem before even attempting to address it.

Accordingly, Mason properly points to the “all of the above” strategy of the Simpson-Bowles Commission – created by President Obama—whose proposals at least “begin to attack these issues”.

Practically speaking, voters cannot elect their remedies – only their political leaders.  Voters this year face a profoundly binary choice between Republicans – who created the problem in the first place, who obstructed President Obama’s efforts to mitigate it, who voted against the Simpson-Bowles recommendations, and whose “solutions” revert to the same failed policies that caused the problem, and an experienced incumbent President—who is now well-schooled in the policy alternatives and prepared to resume the “attack”.

In 1984, Americans re-elected Ronald Reagan despite his profligate deficit-debt building spending.  Today, the Sentinel endorsed Scott Tipton for re-election, despite the fact that he (like Paul Ryan) signed the bogus Taxpayers Protection Pledge that scuttled Simpson-Bowles, and despite Tipton’s affiliation with the Tea Party “knuckle-draggers” who mindlessly threatened to send the U.S. into “bankruptcy” in 2011.

That’s the real problem – it’s us.

Readers interested in better understanding these complex issues should try the “Federal Budget Challenge” exercise at http://federal.budgetchallenge.org/respondents/summary#.


                Bill Hugenberg

Didn’t Mr. Tipton promise to cut federal spending in half?

Peter:

You may have missed the point of Hal Mason’s column.

Politicians like Tipton can pander to the Tea Party and “promise the moon” (like “cutting federal spending in half”) without regard for the serious economic consequences of mindlessly doing so.

Better to examine how those politicians vote and what they do.  By signing the oxymoronic Taxpayer Protection Pledge, Scott Tipton virtually and Paul Ryan actually “voted” against the single most politically practicable way to eliminate deficits and begin paying down the national debt through a combination of (mostly)cuts in federal spending coupled with smaller but significant increases in federal revenues.

Because Tipton (and Romeny-Ryan)cannot demonstrate how and where they would “cut federal spending by 50%” and how doing so would affect deficits, debt, and growth, thay cannot be trusted to do so.

Bill Hugenberg

No Bill, I did not.  I merely want to know if that now Mr. Tipton has been there a couple of years if he can outline specifically where he would find that savings.

As you will note, I am not commenting on Mr. Mason’s article, I am commenting on this editorial.

My mistake.  Touche’.  We’ll both await his answer.

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