Published: Friday, June 28 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
I agree with the editorial. Too many of our legislators in D.C. say
"no" rather than "let's talk" whenever something they
don't like is before them. It's rigid and simplistic in a political
landscape full of gray rather than black and white. Reagan knew that and he is
regarded one of our best presidents. He knew how to make deals rather than just
dig in and repeat "no" over and over.
Awesome editorial. Reagan is considered the patron saint of the modern
conservative movement but the most radical have not learned that he was able to
accomplish much of his agenda via compromise. Also, that he built a big tent
Republican party. Too many today want a (very) small tent of party purists.
One that will have increasingly less influence.
We can continue to slap a band-aid on a surting artery and then tell ourselves
that we "fixed" the problem. There are many things that needed to be
fixed in the farm bill. Democrats wanted to put another band-aid on the bill.
They refused to face the real problems and now they mock the Republicans for not
accepting their band-aid approach.There comes a time when things
must stop completely and be entirely reviewed. The goal must be re-evaluated.
The results must be examined. The question that should be asked is whether
there should even be a farm bill. Democrats look only at the voters who get
government aid when they should be asking themselves how many of those people
should learn to work for their food. We do not have the resources to feed the
ablebodied who are too lazy to work for their own food and we should never pay
farmers to NOT grow crops.Its time to review the entire program. We
don't need band-aids we need tourniquets
Duh. But I hope they keep behaving as spoiled children. The sooner they vanish
from the political landscape, the better.
Just more leftist whining when they don't get what they want. Great spin though, making it look like the conservatives missed out. But the
song is so old, no one is buying it.
to BadgerbadgerWhere recently do things get bogged down? 1) Tea
party conservatives in the house or 2) antiquated lifelong GOP members in the
Senate (Orrin, McCain, etc...).That said, the GOP under Reagan was
socially moderate and fiscally conservative. Today, it is fiscally
insane and socially repressed. Thanks to the Tea Party along w/ Ralph Reed and
The LDS church has major and extensive farming interests in the U.S. However,
not all farming benefits from subsidies. At every turn, the
Republican Party seems determined to kill itself off. The farming bill was
bi-partisan, and expected to pass, until extremist Republicans were able to
attach a "poison-pill" amendment, resulting in no Democratic votes.
House Republicans then couldn't garner enough votes to pass the bill
without the Democrats, even though they had a majority. The
Constitution and founding of this Country would never have come to pass if the
current crop of Republicans were in power back then.
When you keep holding out for the whole pie and keep walking away without even a
slice, you should learn that ideological purity comes at a heavy price.
to Craig ClarkIt all depends on what kind of pie. I prefer Pecan.
Food stamp cuts, in this economy? With this many people out of work? We needed
food stamps expanded, not cut.
The Republican congress has zero interest in governing, only in making points to
buttress their ideological purity.
"..."I'd learned while negotiating union contracts that you seldom
got everything you asked for. If you got 75 or 80 percent of what you were
asking for, I say, you take it and fight for the rest later, and thats what I
told these radical conservatives who never got used to it."..."."...When Ronald Reagan wrote these words in his autobiography,
"An American Life," he could have been speaking directly to many of the
radical conservatives in todays Congress, who, sadly, still cant get used to
it....".Thank you DN, for going where most, in the Republican
Party, refuse to go...Ideological purity has trumped common sense.
Conservatives are always missing "Opportunities".I think
it's possibly partly because Conservatives try not to be driven by the
Progressive Mantra... "Never let a good crisis go to waste"...
driven.They get into that mind set too... just not as much as Rahm
Emanuel, Barack Obama, Al Sharpton, etc."Opportunistic"
politicians bug me. So IF Conservatives MISS an Opportunity now and then
because they stood on principle, or didn't want to do whatever it takes to
not let the opportunity/crisis go to waste... That doesn't bother me too
much.I have no problem missing an "Opportunity". It all
depends on WHY they missed that Opportunity. IF it was on principle...
I'm OK. If it was just stupidity... hmmm... not so OK.
All or NothingBlack or WhiteMy way or the highway;Just
another form of - Extremism.Personally, I'm fine with the
GOP consistently getting NOTHING - [although deep in my heart I know
it's not healthy for society].It's SO ironic that
Conservative idolize Saint Ronald Reagan, but they would throw him out,
and publically crucify him if he were alive today.
Wonder why gop not willing to compromise...look no further than the oval office.
Look no further than Harry Reid and friends. Libs have imposed the most
socially and fiscally left approach to government seen in modern memory. It is
so convenient to blame gop. Take off the blinders boys and girls and look left
for a change.....oops, no way the left is going to budge from their far left
agenda. No chance in a million years. These power-hungry lefties are staying
way out in left field.
To "Pendergast" actually, it is the GOP that is on a course for self
destruction. If they followed the advice of the Tea Party, they would have a
better chance. You and the liberals out there fail to recognize that more
people identify themselves as Conservative than Moderate or Liberal. The Tea
Party is a conservative organization, while the GOP is a Progressive controlled
group. The GOP leadership has many of the same ideas and goals as the
Democrats, the only difference is how fast they implement their ideas.To "LDS Liberal" ironic that you would crucify the doctrine of the
Church that you claim membership in. The LDS church has taught that it is
"All or Nothing" "Black or White" "My way or the
highway." Are you saying that you oppose Church doctrine?Why do
you believe that it is best for man to be subjugated under
socialism/liberalism/progressivism than to be free under
RedS:Please explain why more people in Utah are unaffiliated than
are Republican. The Utah GOP is already about as far right as any state
Republican apparatus. Obviously the Tea Party is unappealing to a majority of
Utahns, even more unappealing to a majority of Americans. The sooner we lock it
back in the attic, where it belongs, the better.
Re:MikeRichards"how many of those people should learn to work
for their food"Many Americans believe that the majority of SNAP
(foodstamp) benefits go towards people who could be working. In fact, more than
half of SNAP recipients are children or the elderly. For the remaining
working-age individuals, many of them are currently employed. At least 40% of
all SNAP beneficiaries live in a household with earningsRecent
studies show that 49% of all SNAP participants are children (age 18 or younger),
with almost two-thirds of SNAP children living in single-parent households. In
total, 76% of SNAP benefits go towards households with children, 16% go to
households with disabled persons, and 9% go to households with senior
citizens.In 2010, the average SNAP client received a monthly benefit
of $133.79, and the average household received $289.61 monthly.
I agree with the opinion about the farm bill. I wish you had left Reagan out of
it. I think that we remember him for the Amnesty bill, the deaths of marines in
Lebonon, deals with the Ayatolla, and huge budget deficits.
To "Kent C. DeForrest" simple. It is called the civil rights. We have
right to associate with whoever we want. Apparently more people choose to be
unaffiliated than want to Republicans.As for the Tea Party, thanks
to them, those that are registered Republicans have been showing up to the
caucus meetings in huge numbers. Just look at the last election. There were a
lot of people that showed up in an effort to get rid of Orrin or to support more
conservative canidates.Why do you hate the Republicans so much?
Bush paved the way for Obama. Both had the same policies, the only difference
was the magnitude.I thought that the Democrats loved everybody, why
would somebody who loves all want to lock their opposition in the closet?
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