, Salem, MA

October 2, 2012

Letter: Tisei, GOP have the wrong priorities

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

It seems that Richard Tisei lines up with his party’s vice presidential pick, Paul Ryan, and his budget plan for Medicare that would leave seniors at the mercy of private insurers with a voucher and offer zero protection with regard to preexisting medical conditions; all the while making sure to give more tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires. I think Tisei and Republicans have the wrong priorities.

This Tisei-Ryan plan isn’t a serious solution. It is a return to the Bush years. Here in Massachusetts we don’t support ideologues or their agendas. We take the lead on issues — just like we did with health care. Whether Richard Tisei, Paul Ryan or Mitt Romney (really, you can insert any Republican here) wants to admit it, health care reform is working and helping our state.

If we elect leaders driven by a rigid ideology, they will try to force-feed their agenda on the American people and there are only two possible results. One, they’ll be successful and middle-class families will be left holding the bag. The second is that we will stay stuck with the same gridlock we’ve experienced for the past couple years.

Richard Tisei will be nothing more than a foot soldier for the Republican agenda. I, on the other hand, think there is a third way. One in which we elect leaders, like John Tierney, who believe in solutions that bring us out of this mess and move our country forward. I don’t think I’m alone.

Lucille Grant