Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
I find it interesting that Barb Coddington, who from prior letters claims be a regular reader of the New York Times, accuses U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton of being obstructionist in her Aug. 29 letter.
Apparently she and the New York Times (not surprising for the latter) are completely unaware of the do-nothing Senate under the “leadership” of Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. The Senate has not passed a budget in over three years, it has not acted on over 30 jobs bills passed by the House, nor has it held hearings on Attorney General Holder’s involvement in Operation Fast and Furious, which resulted in the death of Border Agent Brian Terry, to name just a few.
For those readers who only get their news from MSNBC or the New York Times, there was a similar operation under President Bush, which was done with the full knowledge of the Mexican government and was stopped in 2007. Fast and Furious did not have the approval or knowledge of the Mexican government, nor was it a continuation of the Bush program.
In summary, we elected a senator, Michael Bennet, who stated that Washington was broken and he was going to help fix it. I say he is part of the problem since he is voting with Sen. Reid to do nothing, unlike Scott Tipton, who is part of a House of Representatives that at least is carrying out its constitutional duties. What is Sen. Reid so afraid of to not even have votes on jobs bills or a budget?
Mitt Romney is perhaps the most sophisticated, classy guy to run for president since Franklin Roosevelt. He just doesn’t have the pipes or magnetism to seal his conviction.
Basically, the Republican Party is the party of “now.” These are people used to having their own way in the world and they have successfully used some of the disenfranchised poor, who see true inequities.
Gov. Romney was wise to choose Paul Ryan, whose ideology is fixed and unrealistic. If he can convince Rep. Ryan that the world doesn’t work his way, perhaps he can convince others of his ilk, the Tea Partiers. Tea Party is not true Republican.
Otherwise, I’ll vote for Barack Obama.
It appears Republicans were a bit disingenuous when they announced their platform at the convention. I’m sure what they meant to say on various issues is as follows:
Voter integrity: As long as you are young, old, low-income, educated, progressive, or have skin of color, you shouldn’t vote.
Abortion: OK, ladies, we don’t care if you were raped by a space alien, you are having that kid. However, after that little fellow is born, don’t bother us with problems like education, health care, or food stamps. You had him, so you feed him.
Energy: Drill Baby Drill. We don’t need no stinking solar, electric or hybrid cars blocking our SUVs.
Gun control: Get rid of that pesky word “control.”
Taxes: Drop tax rates to zero for billionaires. See “jobs.”
Jobs: Drop taxes to zero for millionaires. See “taxes.”
Small business: Corporations are people too, my friend.
Foreign policy: If we don’t like you, we’re going to bomb the heck out of you. Iran, Syria and certain swing states that didn’t go our way, watch out.
It’s a platform even the Tea Party can understand.
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