Letter: Utah politics

Published: Saturday, Nov. 23 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

It is kind of interesting to watch our politicians practice the old "Tell them what they want to hear" program. I was disappointed when Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, used that program to make sure the tea party people didn’t unseat him, but I think I am glad he was re-elected, as it appears that he is now moving back to being the politician who is not afraid to work with the other party.

And now Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is using the program to see if he can recover the public support he lost when he helped shut down the government just to make a point, which he didn’t. Following the shutdown, he has tried to appeal to more people by appearing to be the poor man’s champion with his proposed "Family Fairness and Opportunity Tax Reform Act," and by urging conservatives to lead the fight against poverty. He praises Utah’s economic climate, and the LDS Church’s welfare system as models to keep government out of our lives by using private money to fight poverty.

But Utah’s economic climate is not healthy for public education, the church’s welfare system helps mostly members of that church and finding private donors to pick up the other 50 percent is not likely to happen. He is just saying what people want to hear so he can be re-elected.

Fred Ash

Sandy

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