Titus, Porter not as cut and dry as they seem 


Both candidates for upcoming Congressional race have few attributes, many faults

Dina Titus has thrown her hat back into the ring, this time making a run for Jon Porter’s seat in the House of Representatives. After being defeated by Jim Gibbons in the gubernatorial

election in 2006, does she stand a chance against Jon Porter?

First, what has Titus done for Nevada as a member of the State Legislature?

She created the Nevada Check-up program,

which grants insurance

to children and is one of her most prized pieces of legislation.

If elected, Titus would use her Nevada Check-up program as a foundation for creating a universal health care policy nationwide.

Her argument is that by covering the uninsured,

medical costs will drop and the quality of services will improve. But the money that will be used to pay for the insurance

will come from taxes.

Increased tax revenue would put a greater strain on Americans during this difficult economic time.

Universal health care is not a pressing matter at the moment, as most Americans feel that the price of gas, the price of food, and the housing market are more important.

And don’t forget the quagmire in the Middle East.

Titus argues that the money being spent on the war in Iraq should be used for issues at home. Unfortunately,

it is far easier to say that money should be spent on American soil than it is to actually come up with a strategically sound way to get out of the Middle East.

To pull troops out of Iraq would take years. Titus needs to embrace the fact that we will be in Iraq and Afghanistan for a while.

When it comes to energy,

Titus believes in respecting the Arctic National

Wildlife Refuge and not drilling for oil. She thinks that by getting rid of the tax breaks enjoyed by oil companies, the increased

tax revenue could be used to research and develop alternative fuels. With record high profits being reported by the oil companies, perhaps it is time for such a plan to be implemented.

But what has Porter, the incumbent, done for Nevada?

Titus says that Porter

has stuck too closely to party lines and President George W. Bush. Are we to expect that she won’t go along party lines like Sen. Harry Reid has?

Reid, the current Senate

majority leader, seems to have forgotten the state he represents. Titus will undoubtedly follow in the footsteps of every partisan politician by sticking with her friends on the left.

Porter has held the seat for the Third District of Nevada since 2003. According

to The Washington

Post, Porter has voted along with the Republican Party 85 percent of the time, and has missed only 38 votes during the current

session of Congress. He has seats on the Budget

and Ways and Means committees.

Titus is a professor at UNLV and has an interesting

report card on ratemyprofessor.com. She has a reputation for being late, disorganized, biased, and unable to listen to different

points of view. Do we want such a person in one of our three seats in the House of Representatives?

Though Titus has entered

late in the race, the momentum she gained during the 2006 elections should carry over and help her rally supporters again. Porter, on the other hand, is the incumbent and has the money and supporters already.

Earlier in the year, Porter

wrote a letter in response

to an opinion article

written by Sharief Ali. In his letter he wrote, “To defend murder is reprehensible.”

Therefore any and all comments he has ever made in support of any military action resulting

in violence should be censored.

Porter also said that “language is a dangerous and powerful weapon, especially if it is misguided.”

As a politician, Porter

should know this all too well.

Last year at a rally against the budget cuts to Nevada’s higher education

system, Titus said that “cutting higher education

is a damn dumb thing to do.” A “damn dumb thing”? Is that the language of a professor?

Neither Titus nor Porter

has the qualities needed

to represent the Silver State in Congress. Both are simply politicians, and both have special interest

groups and their political parties hounding

them. As a result, both candidates will make for another disappointing Nevada election.

Are there any others willing to throw their hat in this late in the race? Nevada surely needs a better representative in Washington.