More On Priorities



Many well-meaning folks are Tea Party members. It’s not my intent to denigrate anyone, including those with differing opinions about the solutions to the problems now facing America.

However, as we’ve learned from the Payson Roundup regarding Rim Country water issues, if we’re not even on the same page — or book — or planet, it becomes extremely difficult to reach consensus on any proposed solution.

Fiscal conservatism is often said to be the top grassroots Tea Party priority, but a 2013 Harvard University study didn’t find this to be true. As the authors of the study concluded, “Dismantling Obamacare, crackdowns on immigrants, fierce opposition to Democrats, and cuts in spending for the young were the overriding priorities heard from volunteer Tea Partiers, who are often, themselves, collecting costly Social Security, Medicare, and veterans’ benefits to which they feel fully entitled as Americans who have ‘paid their dues’ in lifetimes of hard work.”

Sound familiar?

The recent letter writer who commented on my lament about the misplaced priorities of the Tea Party Republicans in the U.S. House may be living elsewhere.

The idea that it’s OK for 95 percent of all profits over the past decade to go to the top 1 percent of Americans makes you wonder if the writer is living in America.

It’s certainly not the America I’ve grown to know and love.

The assertion that U.S. corporations have their employees’ best interests at heart and that it is the Democrats’ fault that 20 million Americans are unable to find full-time employment sounds like something from another planet.

The assertion that the minimum wage shouldn’t be raised because then the bottom 20 percent of the economy would have less money to spend could only be made by someone living in a distant galaxy.

The writer agrees that something must be done to help the 50 million Americans who can’t see a doctor when they’re sick.

However, the assertion that “market competition will make health affordable to all” leaves one scratching their head. Isn’t that the precise situation that has caused this problem? Something like this could only be heard in an alternate universe.

Rather than insist on “my way or the highway,” why not table that radical rhetoric and make it a priority to work together to solve the problems America faces? Who knows? Maybe we could actually accomplish something.

Larry Brophy


don evans 2 years, 11 months ago

Please advise all of us where in the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Federalist papers, anyone is guaranteed health care paid for by someone else, a job, or a certain wage for the work being performed? Big government has historically blocked the private insurance market from multi state competition rates. And, as for my way or the highway politics, one only need look at the unelected Obama policy czars and his executive orders trying to bypass both houses of Congress.


Mel Mevis 2 years, 11 months ago


So you want to talk Constitution. Then explain why our State Legislature keep trying to circumvent Article 11, Sections 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the State Constitution in the name of fiscal responsibility.


Donald Cline 2 years, 11 months ago

If the State Constitution requires it, how am I supposed to explain why it isn't being obeyed, if in fact it isn't? (And I wouldn't be surprised to find that it isn't, since government hasn't obeyed the rule of law established by the document that created it almost since before the ink was dry. And both parties are equally guilty, with the Democrats pouring on the coal as we head down the mountain toward the precipice, while the RINOs pretend to pull on the brake lever to make themselves look good.) When we do get Republicans (or even Democrats) who understand the rule of law and believe they are honor-bound to obey their oaths of office, they get shunted aside by the party leadership and find themselves unable to get anything passed.


Donald Cline 2 years, 11 months ago

Given that the economic report you cited came from a Marxist economist at that bastion of Marxist economics and politics, the University of California at Berkeley, one has to consider the source. Besides, the report did not claim “over the last decade”; it claimed the period of 2009-2012: Three years.

Larry, you might want to consider the fact that the Tea Party, the members of which he claims are collecting all that Social Security, Medicare, and Veteran’s Benefits, weren’t around in 1935 when FDR, a Democrat, signed Socialist Security into existence in violation of the U.S. Constitution, creating a socialist Ponzi con-game that robs young Peter to pay retiring Paul.

Indeed, the Tea Party wasn’t around in 1965 when Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, signed Medicare into existence in violation of the U.S. Constitution, creating yet another socialist Ponzi con-game robbing the youthful taxpayer of his hard-earned wages to pay for the medical needs of an aging Paul – which he can’t pay for himself because of all the Democratic robbery he suffered throughout his career.

Sure Tea Party members collect Social Security, Medicare, and Veteran’s Benefits: We want our money back! We'd be happy as can be if government would suddenly turn honest, suddenly show enough integrity to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution as each member is sworn to do as a condition of his job, and give us our money back. We wouldn't even demand the interest owed us, because printing the worthless paper fiat money to pay it would cause inflation worse than the humongous amount we are paying now.

As Margaret Thatcher said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money”: Social Security and Medicare are going broke because the Democrats are running out of our hard-earned money, so what to do, quick, before the whole scam goes belly up?

Why, simple! Pretend to elect ANOTHER Democrat con-man, this one against all the rules, and let him ram through ANOTHER socialist Ponzi con-game we know colloquially as “ObamaCare” after its chief huckster, though he didn’t write it, doesn’t know what’s in it, lies about it every time he opens his mouth, and still expects the American people to fawn over him like some kind of Messiah.

Because of this socialist con-game monstrosity that Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, said would have to be passed before we could read it, six million people have lost their healthcare, the insurance industry is in a shambles, younger people are bright enough to not go near it, 16,000 new IRS agents have been hired to ram it down our throats at the point of a gun, and Larry Brophy claims the Tea Party is off in some alternate universe?

I don’t think so.


Larry Brophy 2 years, 11 months ago

You are one sad human being. Unhappy, too. Is there ANYTHING good in your life? Reading all of your online comments, it appears doubtful.


Larry Brophy 2 years, 11 months ago

Sorry for the frustration vent. I've requested removal.


Rex Hinshaw 2 years, 11 months ago

Nancy Peloisi said " we have to pass it to before we could read it" Obama said" if you like your doctor,you can keep him.....if you like your insurance,you can keep it". How is that working out? I certainly hope the American people are paying attention.


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