Letter: Editorial was an unfair attack on President Obama


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  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 9:41 a.m.

    Geez Pagan, at least act like you know what you are talking about, because you don't. Your page one post is absolutely innaccurate and just plain wrong. The House has passed budget after budget. They never get past the DEMOCRATIC Senate. Obama hasn't passed one either.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 9:41 a.m.

    Harry is just plain full of the stuff that I throw away and he needs to be a little more truthful when he starts accusing people/editorial writers of something that he flat out knows is correct. It seems that Sen Reid has sold his soul for a mess of pottage. Maybe it's because he likes the power and is afraid of losing it, eh?

  • patriot vet Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 3:47 p.m.

    Thank you Senator Reid for your accurate and truthful remarks. But you sent it to the wrong News! If you had sent it to the Denver Post, you would have had a chance of reaching open and thoughtful minds! Nevertheless, many of us here in Utah respect your leadership in Washinton and your down-to-earth personality. Very refreshing for a politician. You are a fine LDS role model. Our prayers are for you!

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 11:23 a.m.

    Quoting a CNN editorial does NOTHING your for credibility. - lost in DC

    Forget the ones I posted from the Deseret news? Here it is again.

    'Republicans BAIL on budget talks, blame Democrats' - By David Espo - AP - Published by DSNews - 06/23/11

    National Journal? Washington Post?

    Let be honest about my 'credibility' with some people.

    You will never accept any information, that factually shows fault with what you believe in.

    So please, don't lie about my credibility, if you are going to disregard any evidence to begin with.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Feb. 4, 2013 10:30 a.m.

    I'm thankful that U.S. Senator Leader Harry Reid made the time and effort to write the Deseret News and present his case, albeit a little late.

    That's more to be said than the 2 lame Senators from Utah itself have done for their own constituants.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    Re: "House Republicans clearly were not ready for the hard choices needed to achieve a broad deficit reduction agreement."


    Particularly since the proposed "broad deficit reduction agreement" would NOT decrease the deficit by a single nickel. It would, instead, be allowed to INCREASE, just at a rate microscopically slower than the deranged Democrat proposal.

    C'mon, Harry. Tell the truth for once in your political life.

  • 4word thinker Murray, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    Cloture is a call for a vote without further debate. It does not mean there is a filibuster happening. It can also be called for if one side simply doesn't want to bother hearing the other side's point of view.

    I 'smell a democratic rat' in the filibuster case against the republicans!

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Feb. 4, 2013 8:28 a.m.

    It's true that you cannot filibuster a budget resolution in the Senate, because the Budget Act provides special rules for consideration of a budget resolution, including a time limit on debate. So the Senate can pass a resolution with only a majority vote. However, the resolution does not take effect when the Senate passes it. It takes effect in one of two ways: if the House and Senate pass an identical resolution, usually in the form of a conference report; or if the Senate passes a separate Senate Resolution (as opposed to a concurrent resolution, which is what a budget resolution is) that says the House is “deemed” to have agreed to the budget resolution passed by the Senate. But there are no special procedures for the simple Senate Resolution required by this second, “deeming” process, so it is subject to the unlimited debate allowed on almost everything in the Senate. If you do not have the support of 60 Senators to invoke cloture and end a filibuster, or prevent a filibuster from even starting (because everyone knows 60 Senators support cloture), you cannot pass such a deeming resolution in the Senate.
    (The Economist)

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Feb. 4, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    @ atl.. Please be honest! Every honest person in American knows the $750 billion Obama took from Medicare was no cut, it was transferred to Obamacare! We should all resent him taking money all of us have paid into Medicare all our lives and without legal authority confiscated OUR Medicare money. The classic bait and switch; dishonest and illegal!

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 6:42 a.m.

    Poor harry, he must enjoy looking foolish. bush accumulated $4.9 trillion in debt in 96 months; it took BO only 38 months to accumulate that much – he’s up to $5.8 trillion now, and harry says we shouldn’t doubt BO’s commitment to fiscal discipline. TOO FUNNY!!!!!!

    reid telling the truth? See my first paragraph.

    This is not about Romney, nice obfuscation – typical liberal tactic

    Approval ratings – Hitler was extremely popular in the 30s, even with the British aristocracy, while Churchill was not. Popularity does not mean correctness

    Thanks for posting headlines reminding us what the repubs have done to protect us from further BO damage. Quoting a CNN editorial does NOTHING your for credibility. But I'll take gridlock over more damaging dem legislation like the porkulus, Obamacare, dudd-frank, etc.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 10:26 p.m.

    'Republicans BAIL on budget talks, blame Democrats' - By David Espo - AP - Published by DSNews - 06/23/11

    The Rise Of Cloture: How GOP Filibuster Threats Have Changed The Senate' - Ben Frumin and Jason Reif - Talking Points Memo – 01/27/10

    '‘When Democrats reclaimed the Senate majority in the 2006 midterm elections, cloture filings shot up from 68 in 2005-2006 (From Dems) to a record 139 in 2007-2008.' (From Republicans)'

    Majority Does Not Rule in Filibuster-Filled 111th Congress" By Josh Smith
    National Journal - Thursday, December 16, 2010

    House GOP REJECTS 2-month payroll tax cut’ – By Andrew Taylor – AP – Published by DSNews – 12/20/11

    'Let's just say it, the Republicans are the problem' – By Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein – Washington Post – 04/27/12

    'Gridlock in Congress? Blame the GOP' – CNN – 05/21/12

    Nate, your claim is disproven.

  • ravonal Syracuse, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 9:56 p.m.

    I am amazed that Senator Reid has the gall to attack those who oppose King Hussein as "unfair". Really? Seems a bit juvenile considering the level of disfunction in our present government. Senator Reid leads the party of rampant spending, hyper-regulation and thuggery. His entire comment amounts to no more than whining because he can't get what he wants. What a sham! Get a life, do your job, pass a budget and lead, assuming you even have that ability. One more thing; America couldn't care less about the amount of bills passed if they lead to the bad government we have now. Your job performance is shameful.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 8:57 p.m.

    @Pagan "...filibuster..."

    The Senate can pass a budget with 51 votes. The filibuster doesn't come into play. If the Democrat majority in the Senate had wanted to pass a budget, they could have.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Feb. 3, 2013 7:51 p.m.

    "Why do you read the DN?

    When The LDS church divests itself of Deseret News i will gladly stop reading it. But until then, this LDS member wants to be informed as to the content of the newspaper it owns.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 6:30 p.m.

    Why do you read the DN? We the people of Utah do not like your brand of politics, Mr. Reid. Compromise? Neither you nor the current president knows the meaning of the word. You want one party, one dictator in chief, and your way. Budget? You don't even know how to submit one, let alone pass one. How about stopping sending money to foreign countries who hate us and are bent on destroying us?

    Every time one of our guys gets something good going to turn things around, you won't let it out of committee. Obamacare is going to literally bankrupt us and eventually kill us all with its regulations. Shame on you! Where are your values and principles to tell the truth? Please do not comment in our newspaper any more. It only riles people up on the inept job you are doing and have done in Congress!

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Feb. 3, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    Gotta call you on this one Senator! Just because your "my way or the highway" stance gives you zero credibility.

  • bobbys Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 3:01 p.m.

    ugottabekiddin... another lie. THE Obama agenda is to destroy the this nation of laws and its constitution. Witness the NLRB issue.

  • Viva la Migra American Fork, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    ... Says the man who has failed to fulfill his constitutional duty to pass an annual budget for the past 4 years, locking in unusually high spending levels.

  • bobbys Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 2:52 p.m.

    ONE VOTE .... You are challenged on the facts of your statement.THE STATEMENT IS false!!!

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 2:31 p.m.

    Ah. Obama has not passed a budget?

    Which party has used the filibuster over 400 times?

    Which party has used the filibuster almost DOUBLE from when George W. Bush was in office?

    Which party has passed only 3% of any legislation, the LEAST amount than any in American history? Only 3%.

    Here's a hint: It is not the Democratic one.

    If I wanted a US budget, I historically have zero reason to vote Republican. When they do this...

    'Republicans BAIL on budget talks, blame Democrats' - By David Espo - AP - Published by DSNews - 06/23/11

    WASHINGTON — Republicans pulled out of debt-reduction talks led by Vice President Joe Biden with a flourish on Thursday, blaming Democrats for...

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    Lets see Obama has about a 50 plus percent approval rating. Congress has about a 15 plus percent approval rating. I am not sure if Congress could agree on what day of the week it is. What Harry Reid has said i true.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    "and you have not agreed on ONE entitlement spending cut!"

    Could've sworn Romney/Ryan attacked him for a few weeks on the idea that he cut Medicare by 700 billion dollars... funding that Romney allegedly wanted to restore (Ryan's budget made those cuts too).

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    Repubs want to skirt the issue and ignore the letter writer's message and merely take their arguments to the lowest denominator rather than actually address the message. Keep is up repubs! Keep ignoring get real issues and only mudsling! It worked out so well in 08 and 12! Maybe it'll work in 16?! I doubt it!

    Great letter. While this paper has an obvious anti-Obama agenda, it doesn't change the truth that the GOP has done nothing to solve our nation's problems

  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    No pass here for Harry, but to say only Dems are derelict is disengenous. When any Senator can filibuster in secret with no consequence, good or bad, we have seen the most disfunctional Congress in the nation's history. You need only to point to our Utah Senators to see how the quorum has elected to sit on their hands and not particpate in governing. Most of the previous comments are from ignorance rather than fact based orgins and since it was the stated goal from the right in Congress to destroy any agenda other than their own which was mininmal at best.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    The recent slowdown caused just by the fiscal cliffs talks, indicates that the President is right and tea party totally wrong. This is the reason Fox dumped the tea party darling Palin. All that is left of the tea party is bitter bloggers. The smart money knows we need recover form the multi trillion hole caused by private enterprise blowup in 2007 by moderation and compromise and liquidity.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    Harry Reid, you are required by law to pass a budget. Your dereliction of duty is contributing to Obama's failure as a president.

  • All American Herriman, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    This seems to be your usual "MO" of not reading proposed legislation before passing it. You need to take some serious classes on economics and how it works in this country (since Obama won't). You are the primary obstruction of passing economically feasible solutions in the Senate. You are also blind to the fact that Obama's (and your) way of compromising is "my way or the highway". That's not a compromise!

  • Tulip West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    Truth be told Mr. Reid if the DN editorial so offended you, perhaps you grow a thicker skin or...lead the way to a real and lasting "solution". A novel concept, I know.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 8:02 a.m.

    Thank you, Senator Reid, for telling the truth.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Feb. 3, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    "President Obama and congressional Democrats remain eager to work with Republicans to strengthen the economy and reduce the deficit."
    Complete baloney! Your Senate has not passed a single budget since Obama was elected and you have not agreed on ONE entitlement spending cut! All you have done is raise taxes, whine for more money and demand to spend more money we don't have! If this is not true, then way are you demanding the debt ceiling be raised again? Incidentally you are also completely wrong about the national debt not being a serious problem. If it isn't to you and the Democrats, it most certainly will to our grandchildren!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 7:49 a.m.

    Thanks for writing in, Harry. But seriously, you should try the internet instead of waiting for the paper in the mail. And, if you're actually in Searchlight, is there some way to deal with the local constabulary? They seem bent on using speed traps on 95 as a cash cow.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 3, 2013 6:27 a.m.

    Responding to a Dec 1 editorial, Harry?

    You may consider getting a computer with internet.