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Published: Friday, Feb. 7 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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high school fan
Huntington, UT

Why does government even want anything to do with Christmas trees? Something stinks here.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

I can see the headlines now. "OBAMA hates Christmas"

In reality, it is businesses pooling their resources to purchase favorable legislation.

It would appear that their bribery worked.

So, the takeaway from this and the outrage should be that we allow business (and unions) to pay congress to get favorable legislation.

You cannot pick and choose which bribery you find acceptable.

I condemn it all. I can assure you, the laws passed by our Congress would be much better for America if they were not tainted by money.

JSB
Sugar City, ID

What a tragic, sad joke our federal government has become. The government is obsessed with controlling every aspect of our lives from Obamacare to Christmas trees!

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"The government is obsessed with controlling every aspect of our lives from Obamacare to Christmas trees!"

Seriously? This was private enterprise bribing the government. The "government" = politicians and politicians will sell out for MONEY. And this goes for both R and D.

At least understand what you are talking about before posting.

andyjaggy
American Fork, UT

Fox's headlines will read "Obama forces consumers to purchase live Christmas trees". I'm sure I will hear it at my in laws this weekend, probably those exact words. In reality this kind of corruption and bribery has been going on for a long while now, and on both sides of the fence.

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

Joe: Maybe it would have been better if JSB had posted as follows: "What a tragic, sad joke our federal government has become. The government is obsessed with... [being bought and paid for by private enterprise and special interests and, by so doing]... controlling every aspect of our lives from Obamacare to Christmas trees!"

You're right: "...politicians will sell out for MONEY. And this goes for both R and D."

Greed...Money...Power

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Ned,

His goal was to bash Obama and the democrats. Posting as you suggest would also point a finger at his beloved GOP.

And that is not an option.

No, we need to carefully select our words so that our side is blameless while the other side is causing all of our ills.

To suggest that both R and D are at fault gets one branded as a "liberal".

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

Joe: But isn't that everyone's goal...to bash the "other side"? Since the concept of agreeing to disagree agreeably has long ago been thrown to the dogs...

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"Joe: But isn't that everyone's goal...to bash the "other side"?"

Actually, no. It is not my goal. I am happy when either side does good.
And I let them both know when they don't.

And its not even about disagreeing.

Unfortunately, even when there is agreement a disagreement must be created.
The parties have to work hard to differentiate themselves from the other party.

And that is really pretty hard to do.

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