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.”
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.