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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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Western Opinion Sampler: Obamacare under attack ...

Mike Lee’s madness: Drive to defund ACA is insane — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Mike Lee is not trying to protect the American people from the failure of Obamacare. He is trying to protect himself and his fellow members of the Republican Party’s lunatic fringe from the success of Obamacare.And he is prepared to cripple the economy to do it. ...

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Politics of brinkmanship — Deseret News Editorial

Jeff Flake, the Republican senator from Arizona, may have exhibited the best grasp on reality when he told the Weekly Standard that Congress should leave the Affordable Care Act alone and watch it crumble under its own weight. ...

Obamacare presents golden opportunity for Republicans — Colorado Springs Gazette Editorial

Despite impassioned efforts by House Republicans, Sen. Ted Cruz and others who want to spare Americans the looming pain of Obamacare, Democrats control Washington. The plan to economically starve the horrific health care law is destined to fail.Here’s the good news for Republicans. As full Obamacare implimentation begins next month, their prospects to regain control of federal government should only improve by the day. ...

ObamaCare’s bad news continues — Las Vegas Review-Journal Editorial

This is going to hurt, America. But you already knew that. ...

Full-blown insanity returns to Washington — San Jose Mercury News Editorial

Here we go again, hellbent on more showdowns over the federal budget and the debt ceiling. But this round of brinksmanship by conservative Republicans might be the most frightening yet. There is no clear way out, and that could be catastrophic for the economy. ...

Chaos among House Republicans — Seattle Times Editorial

Reckless tea-party politics among Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives threaten the functions and credibility of the government.

Washington has the wrong budget discussions — again — Kansas City Star Editorial

It must be terribly frustrating to work for the Congressional Budget Office.Every year around this time, the group issues a report about just how grim the nation’s long-term financial health is. A few lawmakers wring their hands and say they will get serious about fixing the problem, but then they don’t. We, as a nation, rush toward a debt-induced disaster if no one heeds the warning....



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