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Published: Sunday, May 13 2012 10:34 a.m. MDT

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Hellooo
Salt Lake City, UT

There is one striking difference-the House led by the GOP actually passed a bill to keep the student loan rates at the lower level. While the Democrat led Senate could not muster up the leadership to do so in the Senate. The Senate as led by Mr. Reid is so partisan it can not pass legislation. The House while partisan provides enough compromise to allow legislation to be passed. Given this fact, which Party do you want running things?

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Hellooo
The senate bill had the majority of votes, the only reason it failed was because of the filibuster which the house doesn't have to worry about. Your entire arguments rests on the total lack of context that comes with ignoring that the house has to get 50% + 1 to pass and the senate needs 60% to pass through a cloture vote. If Reid only needed 50 + biden or the house needed 60% then you'd see it even out.

A1994
Centerville, UT

"Congress is producing little this election year that will become law, yet both parties are churning out bills designed to make the other side look bad."

...Meanwhile, water continues to poor over the bulkheads and fill up the water-tight compartments.

History will not be kind to this government or the people who elected them. I think it is really just a handful of idiots who have us divided against each other.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

There is only one thing which has a lower approval rating than the Democrats in Congress.

The Republicans in Congress.

A1994
Centerville, UT

@Truthseeker

I would think with 90% of the press being registered Democrats, the Democrats in congress would have a much higher approval rating.

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

Boy, I can't find anywhere where the press is 90 percent registered democrats. I would like to see that stat somewhere.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

We need a Constitutional Amendment that when either party submits a bill that they're using for political advantage, or that when either party includes a "poison pill" into a bill, one of the members of each party has to be a sacrificial lamb and go to the guillotine. That way, we'd at least get a bit of new blood in our government each time one of these bills crops up (it wouldn't be long before we had an entirely new crop of leaders; which would be a good thing).

The problem with partisan politics is that we have a country of people made up of a wide variety of views. Even though you may have been elected by a "party", you really represent everybody in your district, not just those who elected you.

This behavior really does amount to Treason. Instead of working to make the country better, they're destroying it.

m.g. scott
LAYTON, UT

Re: xscribe

It's true, studies have been done that show upwards of 90% of media is Democrat, or liberal. You must be watching too much FOX News, where there is a much better balance.

The thing that galls me about high costs for college students is universities like the Ivy leagues that charge huge tuition, but have billions of dollars in endowment money. Why can't they drop their fee down a lot to make the debt less of a burden. After all isn't
that what the liberals want the rich in America to do. Give more. Purhaps the Harvards and Yales should start by dropping their tuition to about 5 thousand a year. It wouldn't bankrupt the school and it would set the example that they expect the 1% to do.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

In a poll of tv and print journalists, about 85% voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 election. So you're all right above, it wasn't 90%. I don't know if that means that 85% of the press is liberal or they really liked Obama more so than other Democrats.

Even SNL, a very liberal TV show, made fun of all the media types and their love affair with Obama.

Lastly, I'm not saying that I am bothered by that stat. Outside of BYU, I expect college professors to be liberal, I expect 95% of African-Americans to be Democrat and maybe 60% of white males to be Republican. It is what it is. Liberals in the press will hire more like-minded minions like I expect the D-News, an exception to this trend, to hire more conservatives than liberals. I just make a note of it all and try to really analyze the source and possible bias. Do that and you don't have to worry about being "brainwashed" by any media, regardless of their orientation.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I will add one other caveat on the analysis of what is the real percentage of liberals in the media.

Take Walter Kronkite vs. Dan Rather. Both pretty good journalists but only one (Kronkite) was the "most trusted tv anchor in the land." Many were surprised to learn that Kronkite's political leanings were quite liberal, as much as Rather. Of course, everyone knew of Rather's political leanings as he wore them pretty much on his sleeve. It was that Kronkite came from the old school of reporting the news as it was and letting the American people decide where to go with it. He didn't have an agenda and in fact kept his real political views pretty much secret outside his inner circle. Again, most Americans didn't know his political views and many thought he was actually a conservative.

Of course it's pretty easy to identify the political leanings of most TV and major (well known) print journalists. And let's just say Dan Rather, nor Katie Couric, could earn the trust of the American people and their ratings went with it.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Hasn't everyone been convinced yet that the Republicans are the only one's telling the truth, the only one's who have God on their team, the only educated political party, the only one's who will find the answers to save America and the world from the dastardly forces invading on a daily basis?
Just what is wrong with those of you who cannot see this?
I, for one, was instructed to only and forever vote Republican by my parents back in 1960!

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