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Reader's view: Plenty of questions face elected Tea Party candidates

It should be interesting to see how the Tea Party performs the next couple of years. I like some of the party's ideas, like actually writing and reading bills before voting. I wonder how elected Tea Partiers will vote on subsidies to Minnesota fa...

It should be interesting to see how the Tea Party performs the next couple of years. I like some of the party's ideas, like actually writing and reading bills before voting. I wonder how elected Tea Partiers will vote on subsidies to Minnesota farmers, $680 million a year. What plan do they have to remedy the loss of 45,000 manufacturing companies over the last 10 years to foreign soil? How about the fact America might have a permanent high unemployment rate because corporations are sending white- and blue-collar jobs to countries that are now their big consumers? Supply-side economics -- after 30 years of trying "trickle down" -- hasn't worked for America. How about our educational system, which is in need of reform and more commitment?

How are they going to handle the environment -- coal or wind? Will the military get a blank check? Will they bomb Iran? Continue the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan? Seek a fair outcome in the Middle East between the Palestinians and Israel?

I just read an interesting article about President Eisenhower and his famous farewell address. Malcolm Moos, one of Eisenhower's speechwriters, was from Minnesota. Last fall Moos' son, near Hackensack, Minn., examined some boxes in the corner of his garage and realized he had papers relating to Eisenhower's presidency. He sent them off to the Abilene, Kan., presidential library for examination.

Included in the paperwork were more than 20 rough drafts and revisions in Eisenhower's handwriting of the famous speech, warning the U.S. to beware the "industrial military complex." Historians did not know until now that Eisenhower was intimately involved in the drafting of this famous speech. This warning was from one of America's greatest military leaders!

Brian Johnson

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