The West Views of Sept. 13 about Mike Crapo veering to the right portrayed me as an ultraconservative. The author’s comment is far off-base.
Established media tags and stereotypes assign anyone associated with the Tea Party as extreme right. My radio personality name “Tea Party Bob” has nothing to do with where I stand politically on issues. I endeavor to be a voice of reason both on the radio and in my newsletter/blog to bring forward the truth and offer ideas for solving problems in our state.
I stood against the state health care exchange bill, predicting it as a means for insurance companies to double premiums and fees in the next few years, which happened. I organized the only debate on the health exchange that drew over 300 people and included prestigious panelists from both sides of the issue, something establishment media barely noticed. I raised concerns over large campaign donations from insurance and health care organizations that could influence voting. I testified before Idaho House and Senate committees on tax reform to eliminate the grocery tax and decrease income taxes. Before you stereotype someone “ultra-conservative,” check the definition. I’m just a conservative looking to preserve our liberties.
Bob Neugebauer, Meridian