I received an e-mail update from Rep. Scott Tipton last week: Debate went late into the night this week as Republicans continue the fight to cut spending by $100 billion and beyond. The Democrats are meeting us with opposition every step of the way, but with the American people firmly on our side, our resolve to restore fiscal responsibility to Washington remains strong.
It seems that Tipton needs a civics refresher. In a democracy, the citizens choose their leaders, however, elected representatives do not choose their constituents. Suggesting that Democrats are not Americans may play to his tea party base, but the nearly 50 percent of us who did not vote for Tipton find it insulting.
Why is it that Republicans worry only about fiscal responsibility when a Democrat is in the White House? During the George W. Bush administration (with six years of a Republican Congress), the federal debt increased 85 percent from $5.8 trillion to $10.4 trillion. On a dollar basis, that pales in comparison to President Reagans record of increasing the debt from just less than $1 trillion to $2.8 trillion 170 percent. President Reagan at least had the honesty to raise taxes 11 times to partially offset his spending increases.
Perhaps a better role model for Republicans would be President Clinton, under whom the debt increased by only 22 percent in his eight years.
My fear is that while Tipton finds ways to cut spending, he will do so by rejecting the concerns of the nearly one-half of Americans who also are Democrats. My letters to him now will include copies of my birth certificate to prove that I am, indeed, an American. While I am proud to have a jackass as my partys mascot, Id prefer not to have one in Washington representing me.
Mark Stetz, Durango