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Published: Tuesday, April 20 2010 12:17 a.m. MDT

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'It would authorize spending $50 million a year for five years for grants to governments around the country to help preserve records, whether in paper, electronic or other form.' - Article

This, from Hatch and the party that wants to reduce national debt?
Spending $50 million per year is reducing national debt?

Fiscal Hawk

Orrin, is this really what you think you should be working on right now?

Start worrying about genealogy when federal spending has been slashed by 75%, please.

William Gronberg

That which is trash to one man is another mans treasure. That which is pork barrel reckless spending to one man is another mans dream come true. $50 million is about $1 per person that actually pays Federal Income Tax.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan

Pagan has clearly let his hate limit his reading ability. The main co-sponsor of this bill is Carl Levin, a Democrat senator from Michigan. In fact, I am over-represented by Levins, since Carl's brother Sander is my Rep in the house.

This is a good and needed thing. Preserving history and records is very important. This also is no pork-barrell project, but a plan to do so all across the nation. I am all for it, but I guess I also hope to get a job from it, so I am a little biased.


My hat is off to Orrin Hatch and Carl Levin. Good Job


I guess its only pork if you dont like it.

Hey Folks PORK IS PORK. R or D its still pork

If state libraries want to protect their records, then states can pay for it.


Why can't the LDS church fund this?


@Fredd | 7:44 p.m. April 19, 2010

Yes, maybe the Catholics could do it too, they have lots of records.

Maybe the Irish should do it and you could go on and on.


What's the Constitutional rationale for this? If it seems like a good idea, do it? And, how will the grant money be raised? The country is flat broke. Lawful and fiscal accountability... By definition, this idea doesn't fit either scenario. But when does that stop a politician?


Duplication of existing laws. We already have a library of congress who's only job is to preserve history and historical documents. Cities and states are already required to preserve personal and historical information. Geneology is a personal record of individuals and families already being preserved so why is there any need for this new federal historical society? The private sector is already in control of preservation and restoration of records and doing a very good job.

This plan seems a little excessive and too costly with only one direction of higher and permanent costs to burden tax payers with. If this task comes under the control of government they will decide what records and historical data can be obtained and maintained in order to get the funds.

I don't think Obama is yet ready to disclose his illegal and unconstitutional presidency to the record keepers. His past is under lock and key so he can't be disputed or questioned.


If Hatch is so concerned about preserving historical records, he may want to start with the Constitution. He has Potomac Fever and needs to come home and rest. I am a conservative and am appalled at how far left he has veered in recent years. Are you aware that he has cut an unconstitutional deal to treat Washington DC as a state, let them have a member of congress in return for votes to give Utah another congressman? This is in spite of the fact the Constitution clearly spells out DC is not a state and therefore not eligible for a seat in Congress. But, hey, these days it's not what's constitutional, but rather what does it take to buy votes.


I think this is a great idea and, I believe, it is a legitimate function of government to keep and preserve important records. However, we are a little broke right now. It may not be the best timing for the project.


Sen. Hatch outs himself as a closet socialist.

The Rock

Not to worry Pagan. Nothing you have to say will be preserved.


I have said for a long time, Republicans and conservatives love federal spending when it is on one of their projects, and hate it if it is not one of theirs. That's why Hatch and the rest of the Utah delegation have no credibility.


This seems like one the better bills that the senator has sponsored. Maybe the senator can write a song to promote it.

John Stewart Pill

Sounds like more big government from those who profess to espouse small government.


Dear Rock: RIGHT ON!!!!


'Pagan has clearly let his hate limit his reading ability.' - 4:22 p.m.
'Not to worry Pagan. Nothing you have to say will be preserved.' - 7:54 a.m.

Wow. People must really be upset when their hypocrisy is made apparent.
When cries of 'lower the national debt' ring false with a $50 million dollar project per year.
By the way, if people are SO upset with what I say, why do the reply?
You realize you are just giving me reason to continue, right?
I do realize one democrate signed on this.
Could that also be the reason our national taxes have been the lowest in years?
Majority of people who signed on this are republicans.
How sad they want your federal money to support project after project, while at the same time claiming states should do without.
Try this, next time you want the federal goverment out of your lives give back the money you ask them for.


I wish every state would have good access to digitalize records. As an amatuer, some states are better at it than others. Nebraska is horrible and in order to get a death certificate I almost have to sign my life away to get one. The only ones they allow you are yours, spouses, and parents. When I called washington to get a copy of my husbands grandmothers death certificate, they didnt care what I wanted the ifo for. (It was for fh of course). Nebraska has really hardened down on getting cetificates for family history puposes.

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