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Published: Thursday, Sept. 27 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Esquire
Springville, UT

Actually, this piece makes a great point, one I've made before. Being a swing state makes you relevant. If you are a one party state, you have little influence or impact when the other party is in control. And it's not like the GOP even comes close to being in real life what you say you want it to be.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

If you want to talk about federal money to the states, what about the $1,500,000,000. that Utah, received for the 2002 olymipics? Oh, and I don't seem to remember Mitt sending any of those checks back to Washington. That's a lot of potato chips!

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: liberal larry salt lake City, utah
"Oh, and I don't seem to remember Mitt sending any of those checks back to Washington."

Why would anyone try to link Mitt Romney with federal funds Utah got long before Mitt Romney was brought on board to save those Games from financial disaster?

The typical liberal mindset is to shift the focus away from the current subject at hand.

WHAT NOW?
Saint George, UT

@rman

"...With the help of Utah's congressional delegation, Romney's Salt Lake Olympic committee pried federal dollars out of more than three dozen agencies on an unprecedented scale: $500 million for highways, bridges, roads and interchanges; $30 million for parking lots; $25 million for buses; $11 million for infectious-disease monitoring, food inspection, and medical response; $2 million to house the media; $1 million for a weather forecasting system; and several hundred thousand dollars to plant new trees in and around Salt Lake City—to name only a few of the goodies...".

Why would anyone think to link romney with federal funds?

"...No matter how you look at it, the strategy that Romney and the Olympic committee employed so effectively in Salt Lake City to underwrite the games is completely at odds with the image that he and his running mate Paul Ryan are now trying to project as stalwarts of a frugal government that disavows subsidies and expects people to stand on their own...".

OHBU
Columbus, OH

Wow, politicians earmarking money for specific parts of the country to remain in power? Sounds like every Senator ever (no matter how much of a fiscal hawk they claim to be).

Ohio is a true swing state because of demographics. Cincinnati is basically a southern city, while Cleveland is typical of the industrial north. Columbus falls somewhere in between. Racially, it almost matches national averages, and of course politically it is very close to the larger nation's averages. Add that to the fact that it has a large population and bingo...the winning formula. Incidentally, it's not just politicians who mine Ohio. A majority of the taste-testing happens in this state, and businesses regularly pilot new programs here to gauge how they would operate nationally. Even our accent is average, as a disproportionate number of national newscasters have roots in Ohio (and many others are sent here to hone their accent...Mike Greenberg just commented on this the other day, how he came to Ohio to get rid of his New York accent).

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

The typical conservative mindset is to try to alter perception of reality with false claims. Foiled again by facts.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Ohio is full of big union bosses and plenty of low life free loaders. Obama wins. America loses.

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

patriot Cedar Hills, UT

"Ohio is full of big union bosses and plenty of low life free loaders. Obama wins. America loses."

One might wager that you would say this about any state that votes for Obama. Looking at recent polls, that should include Colorado, Iowa, Florida and Pennslyvania to name a few Swing State. And since only "low life free loaders" would vote for Obama, then if he wins all those people who vote for him must be "low life free loaders" regardless of their actual background.

Finally, saying that if "Obama wins, America loses" shows a decidedly bitter and fatalistic attitude. Perhaps you can be more specific how America "loses" other than as an expression of your unhappiness with your guy not winning. From my perspective, we are far better off as a nation today than we were in Fall, 2008. For many, things are not good, but there is improvement. As for your view, we don't live in Mayberry with Opie and Andy Griffith and never have. That "America" was imaginary although many Republicans have a nostalgia for a television reality of 60 years ago and life was "perfect", not very complicated and Eisenhower was president.

Stephen Kent Ehat
Lindon, UT

I do hope that Mr. Evensen is writing this piece tongue-in-cheek. Who seriously would want all the angst that comes with indecision about fundamentals every four years (not to mention the commercials and phone calls)?

Remember the "Cornhusker Kickback"? Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska threatened a filibuster to stop passage of the Affordable Care Act in the Senate. So a higher rate of Medicaid reimbursement was offered to Nebraska and he then supported the bill.

I am not trying to say that buying Ohio votes by President Obama giving perks to Ohioans is akin to the so-called "Cornhusker Kickback," although it is. Rather, I'm saying that we need to recall that the Cornhusker Kickback was later repealed by the reconciliation bill.

Is there anything that Mr. Obama can give to Ohioans prior to November 6th that he cannot take away on November 7th?

Surely Utah does not want to be "driven with the wind and tossed" by thinking it ought to attract attention by being inattentive.

Surely any suggestion that this state purposefully transform itself into a swing state can only be one made in jest.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Maybe Mr. Evensen ought to research how many Federal dollars come to Utah as compared to income taxes paid. Like most right wing states it gets more federal dollars back than it pays, and we all know that Utah is no friend to OBama, or is the DN for that matter.

Now that, righties, is real wealth redistribution.

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