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Published: Monday, Nov. 21 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

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Denver, Colorado

I think it's time the American people vote some of these politicians out of office and cut their severance package as part of the budget cuts and send them back into the private sector to earn a living!!!

Willard, UT

So, The GOP thinks they know what is needed.
The GOP Congress has failed and has no plan to move ahead, Not concerned about the People needing a JOB.
All of the free money we received is now lost and can not be re captured.
That was a good idea and could have worked if people would have spent it to activate the Factorys to start Manufacturing.
Ford and GM have now been saved for the short fkix.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

The conservative right cannot govern, only demand and posture until they take power. Then they can do another Bush Administration.

Redding, CA

The failure of this committee to do its job must be remembered at the voting booth next fall. This failure must not be clouded, in the meantime, by likely unsuccessful attempts/excuses to stop the automatic cuts or to otherwise soften the face of the real problem. The real problem being too many middle and upper class earners don't want to pay for their gov't services, and they appear to want to unload what they pay to help the poor.
In my voting booth, I will vote for those who cut the military to the bone, defend our obligation to help the poor, and continue a progressive tax rate system.
Our military is long overdue to close our European and Pacific bases. Our military needs to be culled of lifers and return to jobs in an economy that's more butter than guns.
The poor need skills training, but some poor just need help all the time.
Our tax system doesn't need a flat rate with no deductions, but we do need to re-argue each deduction and we do need to redistribute the income, I liked reading about Robin Hood as a child, it now needs to happen.

a serious man
Rexburg, ID

Go ahead and cut defense. The original cuts were not deep enough there anyway. And no, countries will not suddenly try to invade the USA, despite fear mongering from the dogs of war.

Cedar Hills, UT

I look down the faces on the photo and see such illuminaries as John Kerry and realize that this was a scam from the get go. Why don't we just throw the bill over the White House fence like he threw his dog tags?

Kaysville, UT

Remember the phrase by Rahm Emmanuel that "Don't let a crisis go to waste." If you don't have a crisis, the President invents one so he can blame the other side, whatever that side is. He pushed heavy-handed Obamacare and now that people are reading it after voting for it are deciding that it will break the 1/6 plus of the economy. This made up Super-Group was successful in "Don't let a crisis go to waste." Now we will have one-year prior to the election to play on words and deeds to make this crisis pervade the next year and for generations as the government will now have an excuse to take down the Department of Defense and other critical agencies related to our national defense.

Boise, ID

"If you don't make cuts, these cuts are mandatory" - unless you don't make cuts and then we won't do anything.

If someone is in debt and can't get out, do you just increase the credit limit on their credit cards do you? Do you give them more money? No, you have to stop spending money. Don't spend money you don't have. I am embarrassed with this countrys inability to manage it's finances. This is pathetic and embarrassing. Maybe we can hypnotize Congress to get them to stop spending money. The commercial says it helps people stop overeating and smoking.

Roosevelt, UT

The department of defense is alive and well. They have overseas bases in Korea, South Pacific, South Africa, and Germany like it was 1967 and the sky is going to be full of nukes headed our way.

There is only so much gullibility from the masses.

General Don Arthur recently retired Navy general said there are over 900 ships, docks and large floating pieces that could easily be retired rather than maintained at a billion dollars annually and it would not hurt the navy in any way.

I am guessing the pentagon is not going to be forthcoming with that information.

Enough is enough with .40 of each dollar goes to maintain this war machine they have had enough of my money. The mindless war in Irag would have paid for better schools at home, university tuitions, and healthcare for the uninsured.

When do we get to choose a better use for our tax funds?

Aren't the people we elect supposed to listen to us?

safety dictates, ID

I watched Scrooge last night after watching Norquest on CNN. A perfect man to play the part of Scrooge before his life changing experiences. I can't fault a person for truly believing the typical Republican dogma but that doesn't seem to be the case at all. These Republicans are literally scared for their political lives of this man. They have literally become cowards who are dying a thousand deaths. Man up and do your duty.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

keep drinking yomama's kool aid. he displays NO leadership. yo, do the right thing and step down now so we can let the rebuilding process take place.


If these people worked for a company, they would all be fired! America should do the same! Incompetent do nothing congress.

very concerned
Sandy, UT

re: Larry

Larry's posting confuses me a little.

First, There are two houses in congress, the House of Representatives (currently controlled by the Republicans), and the Senate (currently controlled by the Democrats). The Democrats controlled both houses till the elections of 2010. I don't think we can say that the GOP congress has failed. They only control one of the two houses, and that only recently. What I believe is that the lack of cooperation between the two houses/parties is the problem.

Second, the policies mentioned in Larry's post seem (to me) to be those of the Democrats, not the Republicans. The blame or credit for the failure or success of those policies should rightly be attributed to the Democrats.


"But McCain and Graham have been working on legislation that would undo the automatic defense reductions and instead impose a 5 percent across-the-board reduction in government spending combined with a 10 percent cut in pay for members of Congress."

Now this is something about which I want to learn more. A Congressman actually proposing a cut in pay for himself and his colleagues for the good of the country. I am not a huge McCain fan, but if he is sincere on this one, I hope to read more about it. Why not add to that legislation that members of Congress past and present have no special health insurance privileges and/or exemptions? Eliminate legislation that creates the "ruling elite."

Murray, UT

I have to agree with the title of a new book,, "Throw them all out". All they do is spend their time feathering their own nests with bribes, payoffs, insider stock deals, generous pensions, salaries, and exemptions from Obamacare (Democrats do this as well even though they passed this disaster)among other things. They are overpaid, underworked, and corrupt. Our ship is sinking while these people sit around politically posturing and scheming new ways to gain an advantage over each other. What is really surprising is that they have an approval rating of 9%, it should be lower.

Mcallen, TX

a serious man,

1. Defense creates many jobs.
2. Why won't countries attack us?
3. Cutting EPA, foriegn aid, and the Department of Education would save a ton.
4. Is lady gaga and Obama greedy millionaires not paying their fair share or is it only business men?

one old man
Ogden, UT

We all need to read Tom Brokaw's new book, "The Time of Our Lives." It's a very sober look at where we all need to go. The main message is that we need to return to being a nation in which everyone is willing to roll up our sleeves and join in pushing the wagon along.

But there is one quote that stood out for me when I read it: "Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer and remove crabgrass from your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it."

So true. But until we all start sharing our parts of the load and learn to work together, there will be no solutions from anywhere.

When we expect others -- anyone, and especially Congress or the President -- to do it for us, then we are going to fail. It's really that simple.

Salt Lake City, UT

figures. could anyone have hoped for otherwise?

safety dictates, ID

Almost everyone expresses disgust with our broken government but look at what is happening with Newt Gingrich. He epitomizes all that is wrong with the way things work in Washington and the people who run it. His message is like saying "Yeah I'm the kingpin of the mafia and as such I know how to deal with it"

I'm very disappointed with Romney's attack on Obama by "quoting" Obama's statement on not talking about the economy. It is dishonest and reaffirms the Republican assumption that Americans are stupid and easily tricked. Romney needs to clean house on some of his inept staff.

m.g. scott

A broken record, but to all of you out there who seem to think it is the Republicans who got us here, remember recent history. The Democrats took total control of Congress in 2007. And it was not just a typical Democrat take over, but one led by the most liberal Democrats namely Pelosi and Reid. People for whom the terms "cut" or "stop spending" don't exist. Then the spending problem was doubled by the addition of Obama. The Republicans only got the House last year. So their responsibility for the debt is minimal.
Bush never had this large of a dept. It's mostly the Democrats who spent us here. As for taxing the rich, add the numbers up. If you took ALL of the billions and millions held by the upper 10%, it would hardly touch the debt. So taxing the rich may make you feel better, but it is not how our money problems will be fixed.

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