Published: Saturday, June 23 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Barbara, what Utah needs is a Senator that is forthright, attentive to the needs
of constituents, and is NOT indebted to lobbyists, PACs, and liberal,
aristocratic east coasters. Orrin Hatch's entire 2012 campaign to date has
delved in half-truths and name-dropping. It is NOT a "done deal" that
Orrin will be the next CHAIRMAN of the Senate Finance committee. That's
hype! As many have previously asked in these columns, what good is SENIORITY,
if that seniority is NOT used to benefit constituents? In 2012, Orrin is for
Orrin, and that's it. In this instance, SENIORITY becomes a liability!Hill AFB and it's foreseeable future in Utah is a scare tactic that
Orrin seems to "discover" each time he faces re-election. How well have
your research Orrin Hatch, Barbara? If you had, you would know that Hatch is a
BIG government spender, he has restricted personal civil liberties with the
Patriot Act, he voted to confirm Ruth Bader Ginsburg, America's most
liberal justice, to the Supreme Court. And it goes on and on.I
don't see Orrin as a nice man with grandfatherly attributes. I see a
politician completely out of control.
Scott Howell is the best person to replace Hatch.
No, sorry, Barbara, but I think you're mistaken. During the debate, Sen.
Hatch was arrogant, patronizing, and rude. He frequently interrupted during
Liljenquist’s time slots. His 'compliments' were condescending.
He was evasive and didn't really answer the important questions. He
refused to accept any responsibility for any part of our nation's crushing
debt, even though his votes have helped to cause it.Hatch used to be
a good senator. But when politicians stay in D.C. too long, the toxic
Washington culture begins to infect them, and they start to compromise their
principles. Their motives change. That has happened to Hatch, and now his
primary motive is to keep his power.He is spending our children and
grandchildren into oblivion, but wants us to believe he's the hero who can
save us from our nation's terrible financial problems -- the very problems
he helped to create. His "seniority" is meaningless because he's
become part of the problem in Washington.Dan Liljenquist will do
just fine as our new senator, just like Hatch and Jake Garn did when they were
new senators 36 years ago.
No, we don't.Scott Howell will be the best for Utah.
"Experience... Seniority". The only arrow left in Sen. Hatch's
quiver and yet so effective for so many Utahns who can't quite bring
themselves to vote for someone else in their lifetime. And yet, I never hear
ANY specific discussion of what all that actual experience (better word
"longevity") has done for Utah lately. So I'd like to pose two
questions to any Hatch supporter out there that would care to respond: 1) What
has Sen. Hatch done in the past 10-12 years that has made a significant positive
difference for the union and/or for Utah? Please be specific. I'm looking
for bills he's sponsored or co-sponsored or leadership he has shown that
had reduced the debt, kept spending under control, lowered taxes, etc. 2) If
seniority is SO important, what are we going to do as a State in 6 years when
Hatch is gone for sure? How are we ever going to overcome that challenge and
what is it about 2018 that makes it a good time to have a new Senator but not
Liljenquist sounded like an angry 14 year old in the debate. I wasn't
surprised. He was trying to be bold, but just looked like a jealous little
Utah is the "sucker" capital of the nation. Why? Because we believe
people who "sincerely" tell us something, particularly if those people
couch their statements in "church terms". Orrin Hatch
"sincerely" tells us that he will save Hill Air Force Base. Many Utahns
believe him - without checking his statement of how military bases are
evaluated. Orrin Hatch "sincerely" tells us that he will
"stop" Obama Care. Many Utahns believe him - without asking why Hatch
was not able to prevent Obama Care from happening in the first place.Orrin Hatch "sincerely" tells us that he will protect our liberties.
Just this morning, I accompanied a grandson to the gate at the airport. I
"got" scanned. I failed the scan. I was probed. Hatch took away our
liberties.Orrin Hatch "sincerely" tells us that he will
protect us from deficit spending. Many Utahns believe him - as if he
hasn't been part of the problem for THIRTY-SIX YEARS!We are
gullible.Orrin Hatch is counting on our gullibility.If
you believe him, you'll vote for him.He's counting on it.
Another Utahn who looks to her Senators not to protect her freedom, but to
wrangle as many favors and divert as many funds as possible to her home
state.How sad!This is exactly what a socialist society
degrades in to: a society based on need rather than achievement where he who
can convey need the best, or navigate the favor market best, wins.Actually, the only proper thing to expect from a politician is to defend
rights, real rights, not pretend rights (there is no right to a good or service
provided at the expense of your fellow man). Mr. Hatch has failed to stem the
socialist tide over the past 36 years. Often he has actually advanced it. A
sure bet is a rare thing. But in the case of Mr. Hatch, you have a sure bet:
total ineffectiveness against socialism and the society of need.Dan
Liljenquist's great crime is this: in Utah, he WAS a force not just to
stop but to reverse the society of need. For the first time in a long time,
I'll be casting a vote for a candidate, Dan, with my head held high.
Correction. NO--- Utah does NOT 'need" Hatch.He needs his job to
line his pockets, and the pockets of all the people he did deals for.Nobody heeds Hatch or anyone like him.By the way...saw him when we
took guest to see the Tabernacle...and there he is...with tons of make-up on.I guess he was expecting lots of photo ops. He got 'em alright....
It is easy to say based upon small amounts of information that my opinion is
such and such. However, there is a 36 year long record that can be researched
and analyzed for facts. That is too much work for the average American though
and I'm afraid it is not our politicians' fault. There will be no
recovery until Americans get a lot smarter.
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