A bit over 40 years ago I was working on a SD political campaign and got loaned for a few days to Iowa to help the Berkley Bedell congressional campaign there. Not sure I helped much, but Bedell was respected as a good local businessman and he got elected and re-elected. He was in the US Congress for 12 years, but then Lyme disease hit him and he did not think he had the energy to stay in Congress and retired.
Recently the Des Moines, IA Register (wish it were on the newstands around here) rediscovered Berkley and had a good story on him writen by Richard Doaks who is a former editorial page editor there and is now a professor working on a couple of Iowa campuses...or is it campii? Anyway, I was sent the clippings chopped from the paper and managed with a bunch of fiddle and with a learning experience in which I actually learned something about Libre Office Write Program to get the Biddle story scanned and converted to a PDF file.
Bedell laments the current rank, hard partisanship in Congress and although rich himself thinks the GOP resistance to any tax increases on the rich is deplorable. He concludes with the idea that there is not much hope with the present generation unless real effective campaign spending limitations are put in place and even then thinks it may be up to new younger people to get past the current obstructionism, irresponsibility, and nonsense mythology in Congress.
Read writer Richard Doaks story. I hope I can keep it available for awhile.
Berkley Bedell says his most important vote and most predictive vote was his vote against Reagan tax cuts which he saw as destructive to economy and equality and leading to the current grotesque imbalance of wealth and opportunity in the US.
Even if the name Berkley Bedell of Spirit Lake, Ia, doesn't mean too much to you, you might be familiar with his fishing tackle and Trilene fishing line which competed with Dupont plastics. Bedell was an innovator and a hard worker. He was also the kind of politican we need a lot more of these days.
*** Stay tuned even if you don't fish or find every politician fishey---- Doug Wiken