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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 27 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

If only there was a way to send the tea party permanently into space... Then again, they don't believe in science so they never would even get in a shuttle... Unless, there was a financial incentive to do so!!!

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

This was prior to the time when the tea party radicals began to rule Utah.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

Well said, Katie.

r_r
Salt Lake City, UT

Sending the current Sens. to space for a bit of perspective? Not a bad Idea but I fear that if it gets around Congress will use it as one more reason to cut NASA funding. Great letter!

No One Of Consequence
West Jordan, UT

@ The Real Maverick: I believe if you asked a few of them you would find that most people with Tea Party leanings are comfortable with responsible science as a tool for understanding the world around us. What we're not too keen on is using incomplete science as an excuse for destroying the world economy and attempting the impossible, and likely undesirable, task of regulating the Earth's climate.

@one vote: Isn't 'radical conservative' an oxymoron?

Phranc
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@No One Of Consequence

I do not see where one vote actaully referred to the tea party as "conservative" only "radical." I think the tea party has moved well away from traditional conservative thought.

10CC
Bountiful, UT

No One of Consequence:

Most science is incomplete. Do we discard it until it is 100% settled?

For example the "Theory of Evolution" is still just a theory, but the principles are used every day in healthcare research and studying diseases.

Is this all invalid work?

SG in SLC
Salt Lake City, UT

@No One Of Consequence | 8:06 a.m. Sept. 27, 2011

I'm pretty sure that the word one note was looking for was "reactionaries" . . . and I'm also pretty sure that everyone clearly understood what one note meant.

Stable thought
FORT MORGAN, CO

I hoped to never see the day when a political group (tea party) is called radical or stupid for thinking it would be wise for our country to balance its budget, spend the tax payers money in wise and useful things ie. national defense, roads and bridges, only the give a hand up to the truley needy. But again maybe I'm just radical....seems upside down.

No One Of Consequence
West Jordan, UT

@Phranc: I do not see where one vote actaully referred to the tea party as "conservative" only "radical." I think the tea party has moved well away from traditional conservative thought.

It seems that the game today is to change the language and redefine terms, whatever it takes to confuse the voting public. If the "tea party has moved well away from traditional conservative thought", are you saying they have moved to the left or the right?

The tea party says those identifying themselves as "Conservatives" have moved to the left, in the direction of being "Liberals", and the "Liberals" have moved left beyond liberal thought to become "Radicals". The entire leftward shift is called being "Progressive". If the Tea Party is to the right of the current "Conservatives" who are actually "Liberals" then the tea party is comprised of "Old-line Conservatives", but if you won't allow them that, then they are "Reactionaries". Radical Left vs. Reactionary Right.

You can call me Reactionary or Regressive if you want. I will wear it as a badge of pride. With so many pulling to the left, those who want to go to the right have to pull harder.

No One Of Consequence
West Jordan, UT

@10CC: 'Most science is incomplete. Do we discard it until it is 100% settled?
For example the "Theory of Evolution" is still just a theory, but the principles are used every day in healthcare research and studying diseases.
Is this all invalid work?'

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When was the last time you heard "Global Warming," "Global Climate Change," or "Anthropomorphic Climate Change" prefaced with the word "Theory" in common usage?

The practical side of the Theory of Evolution has been proved through reproducible work with plants and animals over many years. That is what you refer to when you talk about healthcare and disease research. Tangible science.

Branding carbon dioxide as a pollutant and using that determination as a basis for international, national and local laws requires a leap of faith: Trust us, we know what's good for you. Soft science.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Garn is obsolete. His kind has no place in modern politics.

Honesty?

Common sense?

Clear thinking?

Putting the common good before greed?

Bah, humbug.

Give us Tea or give us Dollars.

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