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Published November 6, 2013 11:52 am

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New today on The Salt Lake Tribune's online opinion page - How a thriving economy can kill people, why Obamacare isn't working, dissing Uncle Joe and the feeling of being watched:

China gets too big to breathe — Thomas L. Friedman | The New York Times

"... Indeed, what good is it having all those sparkling new buildings if you're trapped inside them? What good is it if China's rapid growth has enabled 4 million people in Beijing to own cars, but the traffic never moves? What good is it if China's per capita incomes have risen to a level affording tens of millions of once-poor peasants diets rich in milk and meat, but they can't trust the labels? What good is all that rising GDP, if there is no clean air to breathe? ..."

Obama, like Bush, suffers in the bubble — Dana Milbank | The Washington Post

"... No, the Obamacare pratfall is not Obama's Iraq: The magnitude is entirely different, and the problems — website malfunctions and a wave of policy cancellations — are fixable. But the decision-making is disturbingly similar: In both cases, insular administrations, staffed by loyalists and obsessed with secrecy, participated in group-think and let the president hear only what they thought he wanted to hear. ..."

Obama did not 'misspeak' about ACA — Kathleen Parker | The Washington Post

"... There's a reason the ACA implemented the popular aspects of the bill first — allowing parents to cover their children until age 26 and eliminating their children's pre-existing condition barrier to insurance coverage — before the 2012 election and postponed the nasty news until enough people were hooked on Obamacare's sugar. And, of course, after the president was re-elected. This is what Republicans were referring to when they wanted to impede the law before the rollout because people might like it. Sugar is addictive after all. ..."

Biden gets no respect in Obama White House — Maureen Dowd | The New York Times

"... It's fair to say that Joe Biden has not been given the respect he deserves in the White House. It's the story of the ultimate team player who has not been treated that way himself. ..."

— Feel like you are being watched? Maybe you are — Leonard Pitts Jr. | The Miami Herald

"... But an odd thing happened when I went online last week: I found myself hesitating. I wondered what secret watch list this would put me on. I tried to guess how long it would take after I typed "bomb building" into Google before men in FBI jackets started banging at my door. Or maybe they'd forgo such formalities and simply rappel down from helicopters and come in through the windows. ..."