Column intent was disguised

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Dear Editor,
 
On Nov. 30, 2017, The Plaindealer published an advertisement by Scott Tipton, disguised as an article. This advertisement espoused lies and omission of information about the Tax Plan that the government can't get passed fast enough, to the extent that many members haven't even read the whole thing: The Tax Plan is 429 pages long, and those voting on it were given just five days to read it prior to voting. Even they know it's not a good plan, but they are so determined to have something by Trump Christmas that they will pass anything through, even if it hurts the people.
Don't be fooled by an advertisement that was disguised as a news article. This tax plan hurts the people.
I am disappointed and saddened that The Plaindealer is complicit in the spreading of lies. Did you fact-check Tipton's advertisement (the one presented as if it was an actual story with real facts and information?) That article is full of lies that have helped pass a Tax Plan that will increase the deficit by $1 trillion (The Washington Post, The Hill).
Here is another way in which the plan will hurt Americans. The tax breaks for the corporations are permanent; for the middle class and the poor: eight years. What happens then? No mention in Tipton’s ad.
The false promise that the trickle down theory will help us is another lie. That theory of economics stopped working effectively years ago. Just look at Kansas, one of the "laboratories" for testing government policy. For five years, Kansas’s Republican governor conducted an exercise in trickle-down economics — a “real-live experiment,” he called it. He and the GOP-controlled legislature slashed the state’s already-low tax rates, eliminated state income tax for most owner-operated businesses and sharply reduced vital government services. This was supposed to deliver “a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy,” Brownback said. It ended up being a shot of poison. Growth rates lagged behind those in neighboring states and the nation as a whole. Deficits mounted to unsustainable levels. Services withered" (The Washington Post, June 2017).
We can see what has happened with the Trickle Down Theory: sure there are jobs, but the majority of them don't pay a living wage. The minimum wage has not been raised federally since 2009, sadly lacking behind inflation.
So, take a journalism lesson from this: the Tipton column was not news: it was an advertorial which is a sneaky advertisement in the form of editorial content. The term "advertorial" is a blend (portmanteau) of the words "advertisement" and "editorial." The word dates back to 1946.
Plaindealer, there's no excuse for printing advertisements that look like an article, especially if it is from the government. On this one, unless I learn otherwise, The Plaindealer helped Tipton lie to the people.
Nova Wolf
Ouray

Editor's note: the submission by Rep. Tipton was one of many commonly submitted columns we receive from elected officials who represent our communities. We ran it in the same manner in which we have always run submissions from elected officials. In the same issue, we also ran a submission by a Colorado Congressional candidate who is running against Tipton, which refuted assertions Tipton made in his submission.