Published: Wednesday, May 30 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Sen. Hatch is calling in favors and endorsements from various groups and
individuals with whom he has smoothly developed relationships for this very
purpose - so that he could USE them.Some of Hatch's
endorsements are quite surprising, because they go against the conservative
principles of the endorser. This shows that Hatch is willing to do anything to
cozy up to those whose endorsement he so desperately wants ("Sincerity?
Sure, I can fake that.").Hatch is having two other senators come
here this week to promote him. But these endorsements are only a professional
courtesy and mean nothing. This week he's also having the NRA come here
to conduct a big "workshop" with NRA members to win their grassroots
help (which offends me, as an NRA supporter). But the NRA'S endorsement
also means nothing - they are simply following their annoying policy. Namely,
if the incumbent generally votes pro-second-amendment, then the NRA endorses
them, even if the challenger is more conservative.I'd feel a
lot better about Hatch if he had the openness to stand in front of his
constituents and debate Liljenquist on TV, instead of hiding while his ENDORSERS
do all the "speaking."
I heartily agree Mr. Haycock. I strongly encourage the people of Utah to open
their eyes to what Senator Hatch has become. He himself is at the root of the
"entitlement" problem in this country. He feels entitled to six more
years. Why? So he can balance the budget? What has he been doing for the last 36
years? His age is NOT the issue. His record is the issue. I am saddened by the
"Good Ol' Boys Club" that perpetuates the political machine that
Hatch has become. He feels entitled to keep "HIS" office- not answer to
the people of Utah about what he has done. He refuses to debate on television.
He is in Utah this week, but can't find time for a debate? Ask yourself why
you are voting for Hatch. Sincerely search your heart. Is it because he serves
the people of Utah? I believe that he serves only himself. He has bought votes
with favors and contributions. It is past time for his "Chicago style"
of politics to end. Utah... we are better than this. Don't let Hatch bully
and buy his way into another six years!
The current slew of pro-Hatch TV ads ONLY indicates increased desperation from
the Hatch campaign. Hatch has been around for so long, that he has secured a
slate of "favors" due. Now in 2012, Hatch is calling in his markers.
Instead of resurrecting former politicians, why DOESN'T Hatch find
contemporary spokesmen to triumph his cause? Yes, many Utahns recognize Norm
Bangerter, Jake Garn, Jim Hansen, etc. ALL important in their time. But may I
point out, ALL are in retirement and have moved on! Why is Orrin Hatch, age 78,
the contemporary of these men still stuck in Washington, DC???Could
it be that Hatch is so addicted to POWER, he simply can't allow himself to
move on to retirement? How sad! When most of his peers are enjoying
retirement, Hatch insists on running for re-election. Do you know of ANY other
Utah Senator that has run for a 7th term? No, because there isn't one! If
Orrin is bent on serving there are other avenues to accomplish this. How about
serving as an LDS mission president, or an LDS temple president, or volunteering
for a visiting professorship, etc.? Explore other venues, Senator Hatch,
And Liljenquist will be more of the same.Break the cycle of abuse
and elect Scott Howell as our next Senator.
Hatch is in office, he's doing a good job, get over it.
Rarely do I hear the Liljenquist camp give a reason for voting for their
candidate. They seem fixated on why not to vote for Orrin Hatch. I agree with
them about not re-electing Hatch, but it does't follow that we should let
Dan Liljenquist take his place. If you want a guy who will consistently fight
for Utah values and not sell out to the most vocal fringe group, who isn't
beholden to ALEC or FreedomWorks, elect Scott Howell.
With all due respect to "On the other hand", the article we're
commenting on here is about Hatch and why he should retire, not about why Dan
Liljenquist should be elected. But since you asked:* Entitlement reform.
He worked hard to make Medicaid more solvent in Utah, he'll work hard for
the same result in DC -- reforming our "mandatory spending" to
sustainable and affordable levels.* Supports term limits and will
self-limit to 3 terms.* Opposes SOPA/PIPA* Pension reform - he did
it in Utah and will do it in DC - And will refuse to take a congressional
pension.* State's rights and lands issues - Dan will work to get
control of Utah's lands in the hands of Utahns. Please visit
his website for more, or just go listen to him at any of his events or
previously-recorded debates (since there won't be any new ones thanks to
Sen. Hatch used to be a solid conservative, but now he's conservative when
it's CONVENIENT - especially around re-election time. He has become
arrogant, feeling that he's "entitled" to his seat, and telling
delegates that Utah will never have a senator as good as himself. When Hatch
has ignored the Constitution, his votes have contributed to our nation's
fiscal crisis. He has become part of the problem in Washington.Hatch is apparently afraid to stand and defend his record. So instead he
sends out all the endorsers that he's schmoozed, and has them tell us how
"conservative" he is and how we can't get along without him.
Sorry, but it's not flying with many of us.As I said, I'd
feel a lot better about Sen. Hatch if he had the courage to stand in front of
his constituents and debate Liljenquist on TV, instead of trotting out his
lineup of carefully groomed endorsers.
He is the last of the crowd of Congressman who oversaw the decline of the USA
and our economy, mainly due to our debt problems. I think better to take a
chance on a new crowd rather than stick to the same ones who put us where we
are. The sole purpose of the Tea Party was to call attention to our debt. No
one seemed to be noticing before they came on the scene. Retire Hatch... get
someone new. And FOR SURE retire BO.
WHY should we believe Sen. Hatch when he says this is his "last"
term?He SAYS he's a conservative but doesn't vote that
way.His (and others) "reaching across the aisle" and
"compromises" have gotten us 16 trillion in debt.IF we
re-elect Hatch, we've effectively told him he can stay as long as he wants
in D.C. and vote ANY way he wants. He's done it up to now, why change?
PeanutGallery is right! This trotting out of former politicians is laughable!
If Orrin is so PROUD of his accomplishments, let's hear it from him in a
debate with Dan. Utahns would like to be reminded why we voted for Hatch in
2006, and what he's done since. I'm still asking the question,
"Name 5 things that Orrin Hatch's seniority has done for the State of
Utah???" Not possible! What a charade this whole affair has become!
Orrin, if you want the job, then tell ALL Utahns why we should return you to
office. It's time for debates! Otherwise, stand aside, it's time to
pass the baton to a younger man with considerable more energy, free of political
favors owed, and consistently CONSERVATIVE, not just when it's
convenient.Dan Liljenquist will be an excellent replacement to Orrin
Hatch. Dan knows how to work across the aisle. He is endorsed by many Utah
state senators. He is fiscally bold, will look out for Utah and ALL her people,
and will NOT serve beyond three terms. Dan is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate.
A vote for Dan is a vote for Utah's future generations!
From my point of view, all I can say about this letter is AMEN. Please, Sen.
Hatch, it is time to fold camp.
Hatch is as conservative as the Tea party poster bot Mike Lee; who has voted
almost the same way as Hatch except for his rant on Judicial appointments this
year.Liljenquist Pension reform was in the works prior to his
election. The legislature was studying it so it was not his great idea, He
takes credit because he became the Senate Sponsor, Lucky position to get when he
was elected. What did it actually do? I have heard that the system still has
problems. He changed the system so that defined contribution state. Not saying
this is bad but it shifts the liability of the pension program from the state to
the individual. What happens to the retiree's when the market crashes,
like it did in 2008, that caused the Pension problems and results in significant
loss of their pensions that they probably cannot afford.Congressional Pension? Yes wait, wait , wait , until he retired and watch him
change his mind. With his salary being limited to what he can make as a
civilian, compared to a senator I suspect at that time that he will accept the
Money. Remember there are no Guarantees that he stay the course.
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