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Published: Friday, Jan. 4 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Emajor
Ogden, UT

Mr. Gibbs,
In all of your Tea Party fervor, it may surprise to know that the polarization of our parties has been fairly recent. They used to work together and show some level of mutual respect. For all of the adulation given Ronald Reagan, we seem to forget that he wouldn't recognize the current crop of unyielding far-right Tea Party Republicans.

If we keep going down the road you want us to, where each side stubbornly refuses to budge due to ideological purity, we will only end up with more bad jokes like the fiscal cliff "resolution". No compromise = gridlock. Gridlock = ineffective government. Ineffective government serves no one.

So keep gerrymandering those House Districts so only far-right and far-left candidates win primaries and elections. Keep pretending that your world view is the only valid one and believing that your representative should strong-arm that view through congress and force it on the nation. Soon nothing will get done.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

A better solution to obtain representation for people in general would be to have no parties at all.

Political parties dilute democracy to the point where only the political parties are represented regardless of how many actual people are in Congress. In effect we could have had only 2 people in the House and 2 people in the Senate to reach the decisions of the last few years. Each venue having one to represent business with government control of the people and one to represent business in a rule-of-the-jungle world.

While there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of differing political philosophy in America, business is only one being represented in our government.

Without parties all representatives would run at large in the whole nation. Citizens could vote not only for the person but for a specific philosophy as well. Applicants for representation would have specified their preferred philosophy prior to the voting. The make up of the final Congress would by according to the votes for that political philosophy and for the individuals of the philosophy.

In this way the Congress would “float” and change according to the changes in the general population over the years.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Why not?

Seeing that those unwilling to compromise are signing letters to secede from the Union anyway?

Try Northern Idaho, around Hayden Lake.
I hear the Aryan Nation for extreme right-wingers already exists there.

Christian 24-7
Murray, UT

Yes yes yes, liberals want compromise, but only when the right steps left. We have been compromising, actually sacrificing, our values to the democrats for decades. Look at the government spending as a percent of GDP. Government is getting bigger, not just in total dollars but also contextual figures, and has been for a long time.

When do we compromise by trying smaller government? When do we get the $2 spending cuts for $1 increased revenue promised by our president last summer? Never. Negotiations are really hard with those who break all their promises. Dems have promised cuts later for increased taxes and spending now for decades. The cuts never come. The republicans who voted for this latest sham are fools. History taught them better, but they were fooled again.

We are marching left, to less freedom, more religious oppression, more self indulgence at public expense, more and more government. The MSM is right in step with liberals, and with their power they have duped a large flock of gullible followers.

The fiscal cliff is still there, and with uncontrolled spending we are still marching right towards it.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Well, buddy, the nation is growing up. If you don't want to come along for the ride, stay where you are, as an outsider.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

As opposed to what?

The One Party political monopoly Republicans enjoy in Utah?

I get it,
When it's in YOUR favor, you can't see it.
And it only exists when you don't get you way.

There are terms for that.
Myopic and biased, wearing close-minded blinders.

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