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.