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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Editorial Sampler: Pile on Mitt Edition ...

American tragedy: Romney seems clueless, heartless — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

This is nothing short of tragic. For Mitt Romney and for America.

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Until a few days ago, there was reason to believe that the presidential election would be more than a referendum on the economic successes and failures of the incumbent, President Barack Obama. There was hope that the voters were being offered, as a reasonable alternative, a sharp-minded, data-driven turnaround artist who could dive deep into the numbers and find ways to address not only the short-term matters of economic decline but also the longer-term threats of unsustainable entitlement programs.

Now we find out that that alternative is clueless at best and, at worst, heartless.

A leaked video of Romney’s supposedly closed-door chat-up with some high-roller political donors back in May hit the Internet this week. It revealed the Republican nominee to be even more out of touch with the average American than the rich-man caricatures had ever suggested. [Read the rest ...]

Thurston Howell Romney — David Brooks | The New York Times/The Salt Lake Tribune

Is Romney one of the 47 percent? — Gwynne Dyer | for The Salt Lake Tribune

Romney’s "47 percent" comment was no gaffe — Denver Post Editorial

... Not only was the GOP presidential nominee astonishingly arrogant, he was wrong on substance, too. ...

What about those 47 percent Mitt Romney says pay no income tax? — Jay Evensen | The Deseret News

Romney’s ‘47 percent’ shows his world view — San Jose Mercury News Editorial

Mitt Romney explains the worthlessness of Obama voters — David Sarasohn | The Oregonian

Romney parrots Netanyahu on Mideast policy — Sacramento Bee Editorial

America’s 47 percent: An enduring myth — Charlotte Observer Editorial

Fact vs. Mitt Romney’s fiction on income taxes — Kansas City Star Editorial

Romney’s revelation — Chicago Tribune Editorial

Mr. Romney’s ‘47 percent’ fantasy — Washington Post Editorial

Romney’s ‘47 percent’ speech is 100 percent offensive — Philadelphia Daily News Editorial

How’s that again, Mitt? That’s what we thought — Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Editorial

Behind Romney’s words: Stereotypes and assumptions — Boston Globe Editorial

Romney’s 47 percent solution can’t be a casual write-off — Cleveland Plain Dealer Editorial

What Mitt Romney Doesn’t Get About Responsibility — Ezra Klein | Bloomberg Views

... The working poor haven’t abdicated responsibility for their lives. They’re drowning in it. ...

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