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Mon., June 23, 2014, 12:42 p.m.

Ely: What Does GOP Stand For?

Bob Ely: I have a tough time discerning what the GOP is For, whether it's at the national, state or local levels. At the national level they spent four years trying to make certain Obama was a one term president (how did that work out?) and trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act (which now seems to have its second wind and is doing just fine). At the state level, they seem to tilt at windmills: repealing the direct election of Senators and getting state control of federal lands (neither of which will ever happen). The state level also seems to want to do away with public education (those pesky well educated teachers seem to be "libruls"). The local level seems to be against everything (cavers), but for nothing. Why would any wage earner or small business owner vote for these idiots?? Family values? Really? I've voted all over the political landscape, from Republican to Democrat to Independents to third party yahoos, but I will not vote for idiots.

Question: Bob Ely raises good points. Is the GOP for anything at local, state or national levels -- other than lost causes (nullification, Obamacare, public lands)? Or is it simply against everything?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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