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Your Letter: Questions about the Tea Party

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Have you read the "Republican Tea Party Contract on America?"

You may want to do that. Read here the 10 platforms of that document and consider my questions.

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1. Repeal the Affordable Care Act (health insurance reform)

2. Privatize Social Security (or phase it out altogether)

3. End Medicare as it presently exists

4. Extend the Bush tax breaks for the wealthy and big oil

5. Repeal Wall Street reform

6. Protecting those responsible for environmental catastrophes

7. Abolish the Department of Education

8. Abolish the Department of Energy

9. Abolish the Environmental Protection Agency

10. Repeal the 17th Amendment

Questions

1. To repeal this measure will prevent college age youth coverage under their parents' policies and deny health protection to those with pre-existing conditions. Is that what you want?

2. Do you really want your future retirement income based on the stock market?

3. Should we end a program that benefits more than 40 million Americans replacing it with a voucher system resulting in higher premiums and fewer services?

4. Giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and big oil companies amounting to $700 billion yearly. What's wrong with this picture?

5. Weren't Wall Street practices one of the main reasons we are in financial chaos today?

6. Should American taxpayers pay for environmental disasters caused by private companies? (Think BP.)

7. Isn't the answer one of "reform," not "abolishment?"

8. Does our dependence on foreign oil concern you? Do we need increased research and development of our natural energy?

9. Can private industry be trusted to save our environment from disaster? How have they done in the past?

10. Is the right to choose your own senator something you wish to surrender?

Reform is not the goal of current Republican/Tea Party thinking. They are angry, but their answer to problems is one of destruction rather than reform. Is that what the majority of Republicans favor? Is that what you favor? Such negative proposals threaten to destroy not only responsible conservative thinking, but the future of our entire nation wants as well? Radical thinking exists on both sides of the political fence. Is such extremism what you want for our future as a nation?

Think about it. You may want to vote for Democratic candidates.

Rod Broding

Battle Lake

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