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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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This weekend’s column: Mitt’s class war ...

Romney’s class warfare — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune

...The conference call with donors and supporters that Romney had the other day made it clear that he — and, presumably, those who bankrolled his campaign — are the true class warriors in this country. They see nothing wrong with offering bribes and gifts to senior citizens, as in no changes to Social Security for those already on it, and to the idle rich, as in oil subsidies, lower capital gains and top tax rates.

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But when Obama promises something akin to 21st century health care coverage for all — which, by definition, includes contraception — or more progressive tax rates, then, Romney says, Obama is buying votes by offering "gifts" to those who got off the couch Nov. 6 to vote for him. ...

Mitt Romney’s ugly vision of politics — Ezra Klein | Wonkblog/Washington Post

... When Romney thinks he’s behind closed doors and he’s just telling other people like him how politics really works, the picture he paints is so ugly as to be bordering on dystopic. It’s not just about class, but about worth, and legitimacy. His voters are worth something to the economy — they’re producers — and they respond to legitimate appeals about how to best manage the country. The Democrats’ voters are drags on the economy — moochers — and they respond to crass pay-offs. ...

A Tale of Two Romneys: Losing Changes Everything — Elspeth Reeve | The Atlantic Wire

Miguel Cabrera Is Mitt Romney — Josh Levin | Slate

The Tigers slugger was the candidate of old white men. Lucky for him, that’s who decides baseball’s MVP awards.

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