Letters to the Editor

Tea party candidates owe us some answers

I read with great interest the Oct. 10 story "Tea partiers question government abilities." Might I add a few questions?

  • Tea partiers decry the Bush administration's TARP bailout and the Obama administration's stimulus package as government overreach. However, without government intervention, we would likely be in a second Great Depression, with unemployment of 20 percent or more. Some tea party candidates believe that unemployment insurance is unconstitutional. How would the average American worker be better off under a tea party government?
  • Republican and tea party candidates have pledged to "repeal and replace" the health care reform law. After repealing legislation that, however imperfect, reduces the deficit, ends pre-existing conditions and insures tens of millions of additional Americans, what exactly do they plan to replace it with?
  • Medicare spending is the single biggest threat to our nation's fiscal future. President Barack Obama and the Democrats are working to slow Medicare spending. How does the tea party plan to do so? Do they intend to turn it into a voucher program, as Paul Ryan has suggested, to institute a $2,000 deductible, as Rand Paul suggests, or to phase it out completely, as Sharron Angle proposes?
  • Tea partiers and, indeed, all Americans deserve some answers.

    Cheryl LongshoreBluffton