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Friedman: We need a 'conservative' party

Published: Thursday, Aug. 23 2012 9:13 a.m. MDT

Our take: Paul Ryan's pick as the vice presidential candidate has spurred much debate surrounding some of the core problems that need to be resolved to jump start the U.S. economy. With this increase of debate, though, comes a realization that we need something more than just talk, we need deals to be made to start change. Thomas L. Friedman argues in this column in The New York Times that the only way for change to occur will be when "conservatives" take over the Republican party from far right radicals:

"There has been lots of talk that Paul Ryan's nomination ensures that we'll now have a 'real' debate about the role of government. That's actually funny. The bar for this campaign is so low that we celebrate the fact that it might include a serious debate about one of the four great issues of the day, though even that is not clear yet. And even if Ryan's entry does spark a meaningful debate about one of the great issues facing America — the nexus of debt, taxes and entitlements — there is little sign that we'll seriously debate our other three major challenges: how to generate growth and upgrade the skills of every American in an age when the merger of globalization and the information technology revolution means every good job requires more education; how to meet our energy and climate challenges; and how to create an immigration policy that will treat those who are here illegally humanely, while opening America to the world's most talented immigrants, whom we need to remain the world's most innovative economy."

Read more about We need a 'conservative' party on The New York Times.

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