We have just learned that the Sandy relief bill was loaded with pork of all
kinds. MUCH of it will go directly to four or five RED states. According to an
article in Forbes, it had wide bi-partisan support because it was a way to
ensure that certain Republican fiscal hawks would not try a filibuster. In
other words, the pork was a way of buying their votes.Then there
were all but one of Utah's Congressional delegation who voted against the
bill, but only because they knew it would pass and their NO vote would be
regarded by gullible Utah Tea Party types as some sort of victory.What needs to happen is for news media nationwide to ferret out and expose the
full list of which Congressional districts received this pork, which legislators
sponsored the pork, and exactly who will benefit from it.Only when
our news media or someone else makes that kind of information available will
Congress finally be held accountable. As it stands now, they know that they can
continue to hide their sleazy shenanigans and hypocrisy.
The tea party far right is the problem. They talk trash and hate and have no
plan except ruin the economy. Time to be quiet until the next election and stop
mean spirited whining.
I loved Abraham Lincoln.Imagine a Republican more concerned of
UNITING America, that he actully picked a Southern Democrat as V.P. for
his 2nd term.Republicans today go on a puritan witch hunt every
nomination, let alone picking someone "moderate" enough to get
@ migraineWhat an interesting fairy tale. Why would the current
congress care about covering for Bush admin. He is out of office, has been for
four years, can't run again. The real reason the democrats and
republicans signed on for the Budget Control Act (BCA), or more recently called
the fiscal cliff, is because they could not find any middle ground and they were
out of time on the debt ceiling, so they kicked the can down the road in dealing
with the real issue, the deficit spending from a grossly out of balance budget.
Each required the other side to give up stuff they really didn't want to,
and each side thought they would get a real plan during the interim, that dealt
with the debt and got them what they wanted. Democrats want tax rate increases
and defense cuts. Republicans want spending cuts other than defense and tax
loopholes closed. Another little fact is that the current president
still has our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan yet he did not put one
dollar in his budget proposal to fund those military actions. I guess he just
planned to use the credit card to China.
Republicans created these artificial "expiration dates" to hide the true
deficit-spending costs back at the time they passed the Bush tax cuts. They used
similar gimmicks to keep their wars' costs off-budget. Now that their
expiration dates have arrived, Reps are somehow shocked and astonished at the
resulting chaos. Lucky for them, the public seems to have short-term memory
problems and has failed to hold them accountable. Makes me chuckle every time I
hear a Republican congressman profess fiscal responsibility and a commitment to
cutting the deficit - these are the exact same people that have been telling us
for 10 years that their own deficit spending (tax cuts, federal spending
increases, and unfunded wars) was somehow a good thing.
Ultra Bob,Sometimes the Representative may wish to pretend that he
doesn't know the will of the people of his state. Sometimes the Senator
may wish to pretend that he doesn't know what his state stands for, but
when Utah is the most conservative state in the union, it shouldn't be hard
for a Representative or a Senator to know the wishes of the people or of the
Mike, you left out the most important part. How does the representative know
what the wishes of all the people of his stare ARE? How does he know if the
wishes change for different subjects?I don’t think
that’s the way the founding fathers of America wanted it to work.
Agreed, Mike. You are correct when you write: "When each elected official
understands and then does his duty, we will have a government OF THE PEOPLE.
Until then, we will continue to have a government where royalty rules and the
people are ignored."So why, then, is the GOP so intent upon
making sure the 1% rules and ordinary Americans are ignored? And even more
puzzling is the question of why Americans keep re-electing them?
When people are not held accountable for their voting record, i.e. Hatch, then
we will continue to have irresponsible government.Even Matheson
voted NO. Is it just possible that he FINALLY realizes that he represents the
PEOPLE of the entire State of Utah? What's wrong with Hatch? Which State
does he think that he represents?A Representative is reponsible to
vote for the wishes of all the people of his state. He has no authority to vote
"his conscience". He is not there representing himself.A
Senator is responsible to vote for the interests of his state. He is not their
to vote his conscience. When each elected official understands and
then does his duty, we will have a government OF THE PEOPLE. Until then, we
will continue to have a government where royalty rules and the people are
If we want only two opinions represented in Congress, why bother with electing
all those other people? Just elect one republican and one democrat.
Once upon a time, there was a difference between political parties both in
principle and in approach to a problem.We now have "rinos",
"republicats", "progressive republicans", "liberal
republicans", "tea party republicans" et al. A vote for a
"republican" is now a "crap shoot" as to what you will elect for
representation.If one stands for a principle they are called
"extremist" When the party puts out a platform it is intended to
appeal to all for the sake of getting candidates elected.. But, no candidate is
expected to follow it! Nor do they.
As a party, Republicans don't want to cut spending any more than the
Democrats do. The fiscal cliff deal was theater -- an attempt to preserve the
illusion that there is still a party of limited government.Sure,
there are individuals from both parties who are serious about controlling the
spending. You can count them on one hand. Truth tellers are not easily elected.
Not only did Barack Obama win re-election, but he also managed to divide the
Republican party. ======= The letter writer gives
President Obama uncanny super-powers!Imagine one mortal man being able to
control the mind and will of 150 million people who hate his guts?Who needs a military of 1 million men/women and Trillions of $$$ of aircraft
cariiers, Bombers, Fighters, tanks, and helicopters when we have someone with
which astounding powers?Perhaps in reality -- Republicans have done
this TO themselves, BY themselves.But that would mean taking
personal accountability and owning responsibility.I guess it's easier
to make up stories and Conspiracies for failure rather than growing up,
assessing reality, and learning from it.
Republican way or no way. That's part of the problem.
Sir, all that happened was the process was broken in half..the massive budget
cuts still have to be dealt with in the next two months. The sequestar looms.
It didn't go away.
Mr. Carabine,Your party has divided itself. No one is forcing your
primaries to elect bullheaded extremists that are unable to work well with
others. And the conservative solution to our deficit needs to include something
more than "block everything the Democrats do and create gridlock in
Washington".I don't think conservatives have any real clue
about how to get our spending in line. Do you know precisely what you want to
cut? How much it will save? What the secondary consequences will be? Are you
willing to risk losing elections by cutting popular entitlement spending that
contributes to most of our debt? Considering you think defense cuts are off the
table and Romney wanted to increase military spending beyond even what the
Pentagon wanted, I would say the answer to these questions is "no".
Had Republicans blocked the bill, income tax rates would have increased on all
Or could the real problem be the fact that Republicans -- like Reagan, Bush and
Bush and their friends in Congress -- are actually responsible for at least 50%
of our fiscal problems?It's much easier to try to assign blame
than it is to find good solutions.