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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 26 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Gus Talwynd
Salt Lake City, UT

Don't expect anything to change after the election. Tea Party types want to shut the government down completely. They think doing nothing is better than what is happening today.

Also, the existing Republican powerbrokers in Congress, after two years of "Just Say No" will probably continue this strategy for the next two years. Since the "new" Republicans, under the leadership of Mitch McConnell and John "Orange Skin" Boehner don't want Barack Obama, with a Republican Congress, to have any success during his administration, they will continue to with the dynfunction until the 2012 election.

Depending upon the outcome, we can face either another four years of Republican obstruction and nothing getting done or we can have four years of Republican policies like those that existed during the Bush years.

As for the economy, they have no intentions of making things better until their wealthy backers gets their's first! That's the name of the game. The haves always get theirs long before any scraps are allowed to trickle down to the have-nots.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The real problem is money in politics, vastly exacerbated by the execrable Citizens United decision. Out representatives all spend way more time fundraising than they do working on legislation, and once the money is raised, they don't dare offend any of their big money donors.

John Charity Spring
Alloway, NJ

It is far better that Congress "do nothing" than to turn this Country into the welfare state that the left-wing so desperately desires.

The Republicans in Congress should be applauded for fighting against the welfare state programs proposed by the left. Indeed, it is the Republicans who are honoring the legacy of the Founding Fathers.

The Fathers believed that for this Country to become strong, the people must take care of themselves without government handouts. The Fathers knew that government handouts have only one result: a lazy, slothful population that is unfit for productive work.

In short, it is better for Congress to do nothing than to adopt leftist policies that would destroy this Country.

louie
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I find it very ironic how political grandstanding and bloc voting as a party is evidently essential to get funding. The Court decision to open the flood gates on certain types of funding will prove to be not in our best interests. The one decision that we rushed to was the war in iraq with a convincing majority.

Ironic, is it not, that we were so willing to spend a $trillion on 30 million people in a foreign land plus sacrifice the lives of our soldiers, but to spend perhaps close to that amount of money for 40 or so million people in this country is a bitter and contentious thing.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Gridlock resides in the Senate, courtesy of the Republicans using the filibuster.

The House of Representatives has passed over 400 pieces of legislation which the Senate hasn't taken action on.

The number of Judges confirmed by the Senate is at an all-time low. Senate Republicans even refuse to confirm the Judges which have wide support of Republicans.

Things are only going to get worse after this election.

KM
Cedar Hills, UT

Gus
Why have bankers done so well under this administrations reign of terror? Everybody does poorly except Timmy Geihtner and his wall street buddies. Curious, isn't it?
One thing is certain, the system has been corrupted by long-term power-hungry politicians.
I want them to do absolutly nothing in the way of more spending programs. I want them to do something, if it means cutting the fat in government. Less taxes and less regulations means more freedom for the individual. The vision of the founders is becomming a distant dream. Sad.

Grover
Salt Lake City, UT

The filibuster is not in the Constitution. Its rules have been altered in the past and need to be fixed again to allow both parties a chance to advance legislation, but not block the other from voting on a program that has the support of the majority. Then let the voters decide which group was correct.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

That is why electing a single, independent, Tea Party member can effect change in the system.

The Republicans think they are being cute, with a single member holding up legislation for all of Congress. They live under the delusion that when they return to power, the Democrats won't be smart enough to use the same tactics.

The Tea Party knows that trick too. They could single handedly hold up legislation for both parties. True gridlock is our future, until Congress amends their rules to align with what the founding fathers envisioned. An up or down vote on single issue legislation. No riders attached to the bill which give money to a special interest.

Question
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I believe it's true that Congress has gradually made themselvs irrelevant, redundant and insignificant.

Congress was INTENDED to be a critical part of our government. A co_equal_branch that was strong enough, and still connected to the people of the individual states enough... to CHECK the power and runaway_agenda of any ONE_MAN or any ONE_STATE (or a combination/conspiracy of uber_powerfull men/states). But Congress has gradually GIVEN their power to the Executive_Branch.

A travesty.



The founding_fathers didn't want to be lead/ruled by any ONE_MAN or power_consortium.

They designed this system to have constant CHECKS to insure BALANCE on power... So the country would be lead by a United_PEOPLE/United_States... NOT a Tyrant.

They also didn't want the OTHER danger... the country being Bi_Polar, with ONE_MAN/Party mandating THEIR personal agenda each 4_years, so the course of the Ship_of_State totally reverses every 4_years getting us NOWHERE.

Equally abhorant was the opposite situation (our current situation)... where it doesn't matter WHO is elected... The same powerfull_groups control BOTH_parties so regardless of who WE elect... We get the exact same results. Giving us NO power to change.

Congress NEEDS power to BALANCE the Executive and Judicial Branches.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Before the national debt, the economy, immigration, energy, wars, etc., your State should do just this. You run the state the way you run your household, the way you run your business. Step one is accountability in budgeting. You watch how you spend every dollar. Next, we have to downsize state government. It’s gotten way too big in the past few years. Every time the public sector grows, the private sector shrinks and jobs go away. We've got to keep only the regulation that's important to consumers. We need a governor in our state that's going to go out there every day and talk to people in our state and outside our state and say, why don't you grow in our state? Why don't you expand your business in our state?. Next we've got to drop taxes. Drive property tax rates down by 19 percent and phase out the business tax. This will be the number-one state for doing business in the country. You look at the expansion of the economies in Central and South America. Look at the Panama Canal expansion. They don't have an income tax. Why not?.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Mitch McConnell was asked the other day what his number one priority would be if the Republicans take back congress. His answer was "to make sure that Barack Obama is a one term president". Not the economy, not jobs, not the deficit, not taxes or spending, not energy, not healthcare, just to make sure Obama fails.

We can expect the Republicans to do everything in their power to make the economy as bad as it can possibly be so their candidate has a better shot in 2012.

JoeBlow
Miami Area, Fl

Roland hit the nail on the head.

When the Senate Minority leader has his number one priority "to make sure Obama is a one term president"
of course nothing will get done.

Our parties have become so polarized that they want to stop ANYTHING by the "OTHER" party that may be seen as a win.

How pathetic is that? How will anything good ever come out of Congress with that attitude?

They will admittedly stop even the good legislation.

Republicans are now going so far as to hold up legislation that THEY THEMSELVES WROTE.

People, we need to wake up. Both parties do some good and some bad.

Are you more about the country or your party?

Rhetorical question. I already know.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Congress has only the authority that the people of this country has authorized. We, the people, have authorized Congress to act in 17 specific areas. Medicare is not one of those areas. Social Security is not on of those areas. The Tea Party does not define the issues that have priority. The Constitution defines those issues.

For any group to blame Republicans or Democrats for the mess that we're in, is to ignore the big picture. Mr. Obama has absolutely no respect for the Constitution. He would sign any law that he deems worthwhile, regardless of the fact whether the people has authorized Congress to pass that law or whether the people has authorized him to sign that law.

A renegade Congress must be stopped. A renegade President must be stopped.

When Congress acts outside the boundaries that the people have set, they must be stopped, even if that means that nothing is passed. Any President that signs into law any bill that is contrary to the Constitution must be stopped, even if that President is Mr. Obama.

This Country is owned by the people, not by the government. The people have final say, not Congress.

homebrew
South Jordan, UT

When you say congress does nothing, dont you mean the senate? Nancy Pelosi and the democrats in the house have passed hundreds of bills and nominations just waiting to be heard or even brought to the floor of the senate. The republicans ,including Hatch in the senate have fillabustered every piece of legeslation for the last 2 years. Its a tribute to the democrats that anything has been done. When you say congress does nothing, put the blame where it should go. Directly on the republicans. Bills to give tax breaks to businesses to leave jobs in our country, fillabustered. Healthcare, financial reform, you name it, they have opposed it. Even if they themselves brought it up in the first place. Their intentions are to make sure Obama fails, and in the meantime, America Fails.

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Locke
Rexburg, ID

I long for the day when Congress adjourns immediately upon beginning a new session, saying "It would be best if we did nothing this year."

That would be a wise Congress indeed.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

And you can thank your Republican judges for helping Congress!

Republican Judges last year eliminated the 80 year old limitation on campaign contributions given to senators by corporations.

Your government is now run by corporations. Congress's constituents aren't you or I, but those who pay the most (big business). Best government money can buy!

And you can thank your free market Republicans (the same guys responsible for Iraq, Afghanistan, wall street running roughshot over us, and the banks being deregulated) for it! Thanks guys!

JoeBlow
Miami Area, Fl

Mr Richards,


you write

"A renegade Congress must be stopped. A renegade President must be stopped."

Based on your statements, can you cite any Congress or any President that DIDN'T need to be stopped?

Did you cry as loudly as G W Bush signed Medicare Part D into law?

Consistency people, Consistency. Thats all I ask.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The Real Maverick | 3:16 p.m.

You're starting to loose touch with reality, and slip into Leftist-Rhetoric-Vill.

Pull up! Pull up!


Congress was doing this same thing LONG before the regulations for political donations changed.

And remember... This regulation went into affect when the LEFT held the White_House, majority in the Supreme_Court, and a SUPER_MAJORITY in BOTH houses of Congress... When Republicans controled NOTHING!

So you're going to have a REAL hard time blaming THIS on the Republicans who controled NOTHING when it went into affect.




Your Republicans are the rich, Democrats are the poor stereotype is so out of date it's ridiculus.

Drop the rhetoric and stereotypeing.
You loose all credibility when you pull out those stereotypes everybody knows are old-timey and not accurate today. Everybody knows the DEMOCRATS are Rich today. Some evidence...
-Kennedy,
-John Kerry,
-Obama (made $5 Million last year)
-Clinton (paid $5 Million on wedding last year)
-Democrats now control the majority of the nation's wealthiest congressional jurisdictions. More than half of the wealthiest households are concentrated in the 18 states where Democrats control both Senate seats.

Sorry, but your lame stereotype ist_kaput!

conservative scientist
Lindon, UT

I agree that members of Congress from both parties mostly worry about re-election and how to consolidate their own power. I disagree that the gridlock in congress is always (or even often) a bad thing. Most "congressional solutions" involve them spending more taxpayer money for extra programs. The real solution is to let liberty reign and to tighten the belt around government spending - simplify government rather than expand it. Usually, government solutions may assist with one problem while causing a much larger problem somewhere else (or even with the original problem).

All Americans should look closely at what has been happening over the last few months in Britain, France, Greece, and Cuba and ask ourselves if we really want to expand the role of government in our own country. It simply doesn't work and all of these countries are trimming their government payrolls and socialist programs and moving more toward the free market.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Why would a congressman take any leadership on any issue whatsoever? Regardless of what they do or what they vote on, their opponents in the next election will run ads featuring them. They will include a negative or unflattering photo image, and headlines or other quotes taken out of context presented by an ominous voice over eerie music. Yeah, this is productive stuff, boys and girls.

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