Jason Chaffetz, other unyielding GOP politicians doing what voters ask


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  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Feb. 20, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    You have to pass it before you will know what is in it. What does Dr. Ben Carson think of the "affordable" care act? And, thousands of other doctors? Well, we are finding "what's in it", and it's not pretty! Like it or not, Jason Chaffetz's voice is one of the few sensible ones out there.

    Apparently, the implication in the first few sentences of this article is that the President IS willing to compromise but the Republicans are not. Oh my! It's getting difficult to breathe in here.

  • Whatever Springville, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 10:05 a.m.

    Utah's entire congressional delegation is a joke and Chaffetz is the second worst only because we have Orrin Hatch.

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 8:54 a.m.

    Look at the photo accompanying this article, Chaffetz seems to be listening to his constituents here in Utah.

    Congressmen are pummeled from all sides by seemingly different and varied lobbyists in Washington to get their vote. The Institute for Policy Studies uses these lobbyists to push for expensive regulations and big government leftist(socialist) programs and foreign wars.

    Grants for the IPS come from the Samuel Rubin Foundation and the Stern Family Fund. IPS was founded by James Paul Warburg, Remember the Warburg bankers in Germany, Max Warburg funding the Kaiser during WW1 while his brother Paul Warburg immigrates to the US and helps establish the Federal Reserve and makes bank on the national debt created when Wilson brought the US into the War.

    Let's hope Chaffetz representing the people in his district and keeping our country out of the collectivist schemes of the prestigious IPS "think tank".

  • really? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 18, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    When Jason voted against raising the debt ceiling in 2011, we learned all me need to know about this man. He knew that not raising the ceiling would damage our country, our economy, and our standing in the world. He also knew that it wasn't a vote to spend any additional money, only to make good on our current obligations. Many of which he voted to enact.
    So, why did he vote against raising the ceiling? Because he is a sleazy, grandstanding politician trying to appear conservative. It was shameless and cowardly and he did it anyway.
    Of course, the other explanation for that "no" vote is that he wasn't smart enough to understand the ramifications of the US not paying its debts. If that was the reason, then we have a bigger problem than I thought.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    Impartial7- you and 9 people who "liked" your comment are a little out of touch. When was the last time you were in Heber City? I didn't know that Draper was the new place of reason, diversity, intellect and acceptance. I actually visit Draper often. I like the place, if a politician whom I didn't agree with, showed up in Draper and talked to locals, I would maybe say something about the politician, not the good people of Draper. Chaffetz was doing what he should be. Listening to his constituents. Agree with him or not, that is what an elected official should do. Why mock people you don't know, just to get a "like". Did you kick puppies when you were little or something?

    EDM from "castle valley Utah" Rednecks? wait, where are YOU from again?

    So, from now on, when any politician talks to constituents in any town, it's fair game to name call that town's people because we do/don't agree with them? Pathetic

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    "A Pew poll last month found that 36 percent of GOP voters would look favorably on a politician who compromises, compared with 59 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of independent voters."

    Of COURSE Democrats would look favorably on compromise... the party in power always wants "compromise" and "cooperation" -- until they are no longer the party in power. "Compromise" to the party in power means acquiescence by the opposition.

    As to Obama's "handy" victory: Obama got 51% of the votes. Hardly a landslide. Republicans retaining their seats isn't explained by "gerrymandering." It is explained by large democratic majorities in places like California, which may or may not slide into the ocean due to an earthquake, but is rapidly being led to fiscal destruction by its Democratic majority.

  • peacemaker Provo, UT
    Feb. 18, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    Right on Jason!! We desperately need your help in preventing the continuing total intrusion into our lives by a bulging, uncaring and bent on causing economic crisis Obama administration. Obama continues in his march as explained by his College roommate to bring this country to its' knees allowing himself and his cronies to control our lives through government domination. We desperately need Jason and his fellow Republicans in congress to protect us against this onslaught.

  • Samaritan01 Yuma, CO.
    Feb. 18, 2013 8:40 a.m.

    You are doing an outstanding job Jason, I have several family members in your district and they are all MAJOR supporters.

    Keep fighting the good fight.

  • ExDixieIte Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 10:33 p.m.

    Mr. Chaffetz needs to see the movie Lincoln and pay special attention to Tommy Lee Jones' character. It went against every fiber of his body to compromise with Lincoln and support the amendment as it pertained to equality in the eyes of the law. But he had to do it to get something as opposed to nothing. Chaffetz is exactly the perfect example of what is wrong with America today.

  • Christine Orem, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    Chaffetz does not represent me. The State Legislature made him a congressman. My vote didn't count. One person = One vote is not true in Utah. It's not democracy. It's corruption (Gerrymandering). The extreme right has the power in Utah.

  • Government Man Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    Chaffetz sure does not represent me with his unyielding policies. He is what is wrong with Congress. I can't believe the Enlightened Legislature Gerrymandered him into my area to get rid of Matheson. Shame on Chaffetz and shame on the State Legislature for making him my Congressman!!

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    Some of the constituents in Heber City asked why Obama hasn't been impeached? Really? Maybe those constituents could explain the high crimes and misdemeanors being committed by Obama. If our country is going to degenerate to a point where we simply impeach a president because of his politics, then we really are doomed. Those constituents need to take a long hard look at what they are promoting, because they are promoting an end to our Republic and the transition to something terrible. Shame on them. I'm not a fan of Obama, but I also believe in our political system--no matter how broken at times, and impeaching a president just because you don't like the opposing party is a dangerous road to travel.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 12:03 p.m.

    per curbee 2/15 at 4:43p

    And the another pandering Ivy leaguer (Mittens) ironically got 47% of the vote.

  • common sense in Idaho Pocatello, id
    Feb. 17, 2013 11:46 a.m.

    My, my, my listen to you folks here. No compromise. None. No compromise here. It's my way or the highway. With that attitude Democrats will win national elections for years to come. Can anyone say Hillary in 2016? And you wonder why moderates voted overwhelmingly for Obama. Thanks to you guys I am no longer a Republican but one of those despicable independent voters.

    Remember Ronald Reagan and Tip O' Neil? Polar opposites in everything they believed. But they came together for the GOOD OF THE COUNTRY. Reagan should have been impeached for working with a Democrat to solve the nations problems. In today's Republican party Ronald Reagan wouldn't get past the nomination process. How sad.

    By the way Mr. Chaffetz not raising the debt ceiling and defaulting on our debts to other countries as well as ordinary Americans would indeed have caused a world wide depression.
    Way to stand up there. I'll vote against everything even if ordinary Americans are hurt. But I'll still collect my $175,0000 a year salary and take half the year off. You are the man.

  • The Judge Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    Imagine that. An elected official doing what the people who elected him want him to do. This is a bad thing? Really?

  • Leav3ItAlone Payson, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    The Republican party is languishing. The infighting that is occurring between the Tea Party members and the other Republicans is only hastening its demise. My prediction - the next POTUS will be Hillary Clinton thanks to the Tea Party.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 12:18 a.m.

    @The Skeptical Chymist

    What you claim IS mathematically impossible.

    Go ahead and try divide the ratio of 70 to 30 to give the majority to the 30 in the super majority of districts.

    What you claim is just not so.

    The numbers do not and can not lie.

    You seem to assume that all registered democrats will only vote for democrats, which is just not so.

    People will vote for whom they will. Otherwise matheson would have and should have lost here.

    And the majority of voters do not belong to any party. You seem to ignore that group entirely.

    I do not believe it is self-aggrandizement, I believe it is believing what the left tells to think, which is hateful things and lies about the opposition.

    Which in this case, in the close and absolute analysis, is obviously proved to be false mathematically, built on the sands of assumptions.

  • tomof12 Provo, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 11:21 p.m.

    Well he sure does not represent me. I am his constituent, I have contacted him many times on different issues, and his office always kindly reminds me that he totally opposes my views. And that's that with a guy like him.

  • Dont Tread Iron County, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 8:35 p.m.

    Does it not seem a bit self-aggrandizing to suggest areas who didn't vote for Pres. Obama and Democrats only did so because of gerrymandering?

  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 7:40 p.m.

    @the truth

    True, we are a representative republic, and I, too, am glad for that. It would be complete chaos if all voters had to vote on every issue before the country. None of us have the time for that, and we rely on our representatives to make informed decisions on our behalf.

    I'm not telling you anything about the extreme left or what it wants. I'm simply saying that the system is rigged and our representative republic does not give all political views equal representation. There is pretty strong evidence that right now the bias induced by gerrymandering is greater than anytime in the past several decades, and it is in favor of the Republicans.

    Your example did not address the actual numbers, which I looked up. In PA there are 18 congressional districts and there were 2.71M D votes, 2.64M R votes. (Look it up yourself.) If you assume all districts have 0.297M voters, and pack 5 districts so they are 70%D, 30%R, and assume all remaining districts have the same R-D percentages, you'll get 5D and 13R congressmen. That's roughly what happened. Work it out, you'll see how gerrymandering works.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 6:14 p.m.

    @The Skeptical Chymist

    Your math doesn't work because we are a representative republic and NOT a democracy.

    So your one single number does not tell the whole story in our system.

    And thank goodness for that.

    Are you telling us the extreme left is for majority rule, or as some have called it mob rule?

    Our founding fathers certainly did not want that. abhorred it, in fact.

    Gerrymandering only helps keep a few in power, like Barney Frank, yep the left, the democrats do it too.

    But gerrymandering does not work in the aggregate, and at best can only give you 50-50 odds in districts you do not control.

    The math is that simple.

    Try it with 10 voters, 6 majority, and 4 minority, a simple case. Starting with three districts, you can control about the same ratio as the voters you have, the more districts you have the less control you have and the control ratio tends to about the same ratio as voter alliance. The real ratio though would also have independents making it even harder.

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    A surge of public opinion swept candidates like Rep. Chaffetz into office. That surge is waning. I hope the next political wave is based more on respectful dialogue than the emotional rhetoric of talk radio.

    I concede that the positions promoted by right-wing conservatives are partly supported by facts. It's problematic that they don't afford their ideological adversaries the same respect.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 9:13 a.m.

    The president's definition of compromise is, "Do it my way." After his first election he told others that we won, get to the back of the bus. Thanks Jason for standing in the way of Obama's Chinese credit card. Obama's problem is summed up in Margaret Thacher's classic quite, "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples' money."

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 3:23 a.m.

    Don't underestimate Jason Chaffetz and his resolve and trust that Washington despises him for with this attempts to discredit him for his honesty and true efforts to make a difference to keep our Constitution, rights, and liberties intact.

    His actions span more than financing corruption in Washington and especially in Utah, his actions are not uncompromisable as they should be. Some things like rights and freedoms can't be compromised and bought by federal funding (money) or laws promoting civil unrest and discrimination.

    The hate for Chaffetz in Washington has crept its way into the ignorance of low infromation American population of Utah. Those who hate Chaffetz are illegal aliens, AKA illegal undocumented immigrants, and public criminals looting the peoples government of its rights and law thru false claims.

    Maybe its time to start exposing the democrats who believe in the same country and same rights and same laws to break this evil presidents back and demand his resignation and/or impeachment.

    Jason Chaffetz is one of the few in Washington who removes himslef from party politics putting this country and citizens at his disposal to unite and unify this country as one culture and cause, Americans with prejudice.

  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 11:25 p.m.

    @the truth

    You say "Do the math!", but I'm the one who provided numbers. You only provided words, words that do nothing to refute my numbers. Do a little research. Look up the examples I provided. You will find that my numbers are correct.

    Do you know what gerrymandering is? It is setting up congressional districts to pack a few districts with an overwhelming majority of members of one party in order to make the vast majority of the districts more competitive (and often to outright favor) the opposite party. When this is done, the districts often take on very peculiar shapes. Look at the 17th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, and you'll see what I mean. Or alternatively, in a state that is less evenly divided (such as Utah), it is to take a location that is dominated by the minor party and divide it up in an unnatural way in order to lessen the chances of the minor party getting any representation.

    Apparently this is not illegal, but it should be, as it circumvents the will of the people.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 9:10 p.m.

    @The Skeptical Chymist

    Do the math!

    It is not because of gerrymandering. It is mathematically impossible.

    If the democrats truly are are the majority, and they are not, independents are the majority,

    but IF democrats are the majority no matter how you slice the pie, by the math you must still have majority democrats in a majority of districts.

    Math is absolute, liberal subjective reasoning is not.

    The GOP is doing what the majority of independents and republicans want, and mathematically they are the majority.

    The ONLY reason that the GOP lost the white house and some senate seats, is because of their inability to rouse their base, and their inability to define themselves as different from their opponents. They could not communicate conservative principles.

    It has NOTHING to do with anything else, no matter what extreme left promulgates.

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    Feb. 15, 2013 9:06 p.m.

    in other words, "grandstanding for rednecks".

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    Feb. 15, 2013 9:01 p.m.

    Just after the Newtown shooting, Jason Chaffetz' public position was that gun restrictions are not the answer; more attention must be given to the mental health of our citizens.

    At last, common ground! Please, Jason, tell us how you will work with an age-old liberal cause, to improve mental health care to those in need? At a time when social programs are most under fire, please tell us how mental health care will be spared - no! enhanced!..?

  • lwad PROVO, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 7:07 p.m.

    I am, unfortunately, one of his constituents and he certainly IS NOT doing what I want him to do.

  • rickdoctor Chandler, AZ
    Feb. 15, 2013 7:03 p.m.

    odd that Republicans have a very short memory of what the last Republican administration did, which irked the Democrats totally as much as the Democratic administration is irking Republicans now.Democrats were at least, if not more, frustrated with President Bush and his one-sighted view and policies along with his low-compromise record with Congress, even though those Democrats in Congress compromised far more with Bush than the present Republicans have done with Obama. Democrats could only sit and wait for another election - and compromise enough to keep the country going. Too bad the Republicans in Congress now cannot have at least that much statesmanship. And the Republicans in the country can sit and wait for the next election, just as the Democrats were forced to do during 8 long years of Bush. Why do Republicans whine so much louder when they don't have the White House than the Democrats when they don't? Answer me that?

  • bricha lehi, ut
    Feb. 15, 2013 6:47 p.m.

    DavidRL: and yet when we look at recent history Most presidents get elected to their second term in fact by the end of President Obama's term that will have been true for 24 years. Now if the GOP losses again in 4 years that is when your argument will have some validity.

    David: I love your last paragraph, couldn't agree more!

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 6:25 p.m.

    onceuponatime claims "If you are really seeing the right as extreme and not the left then you are not a moderate."

    I highly disagree with that statement. You are blind to an obvious shift in "the left". Your position is that "the left" is as it always has been. How do you explain Ronald Reagan's conservatives finding common ground with Liberals? The new left doesn't seek common ground in solving the nation's problems. They hold their ground against solutions, and never bother to offer their own. For today's radical left (i.e. Jason Chaffetz), pouting like a small child is the way to get attention. Republicans let these radicals into the party in a vain hope to win the national elections. They've let the Fox into the hen house, and it will kill the party.

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 5:57 p.m.

    Many of the people here speak about Gov't spending? Not sure what the point is? Utah received $3 billion from the stimulus. Plus $1.5 Billion in additional tax cuts. I don't remember anyone sending those funds back? I can't seem to find anyone who refused the tax advantages?

    We built schools, improved I-15, built gov't buildings throughout Utah, including a firestation in Cedar City (if I remember right), etc....

    I can remember our Legislator's taking credit for these great projects, despite the fact they voted "NO" on the bill. They sought praise for the "Great things they help bring to our State". Go figure!

    Can't have it both ways people!

  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 5:54 p.m.


    You are uninformed.

    In Pennsylvania, which has 18 representatives, 13 are R, 5 are D. However, in that state there were 2.71 million votes for Democratic congressional candidates, 2.64 million for Republican candidates. How can this happen? Because of GERRYMANDERING. Look at a map of the Congressional districts in Pennsylvania, and you'll see the most convoluted congressional districts you can imagine.

    The same is true in other states that had Republican legislatures and Governors after the 2010 elections, but which went Democratic, re-electing Barack Obama. In North Carolina, there were 9 Republicans elected to Congress, 4 Democrats. However, there were 2.22 million votes for Democrats, 2.14 million for Republicans. Again, look at a map of the Congressional districts in North Carolina, and you'll see the weirdest shaped districts - because of gerrymandering.

    The same is true in Ohio, but I don't have time to look up the numbers.

    There is nothing comparable on the Democratic side of the aisle. Sure, some states are a bit off-balance favoring Democrats, but nothing like these numbers for Republicans.

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 5:49 p.m.

    We have a Rep named Chaffetz? I thought he was a Romney campaign manager...?

  • David Centerville, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 5:35 p.m.

    Chemyst, Elections have consequences.

    Tolstoy, Republicans have compromised. A bill was passed raising $Hundreds of Billions in new tax revenue last month.

    Now where are the spending cuts? Obama wants more tax increases and the GOP is saying they already gave him that.

    Obama will put forward a proposal but it will include more tax increases, only so he can point his finger and say that Republicans won't compromise. But that's my point. The GOP already gave him more tax revenue and they are saying no more, Mr Pres, get serious about cutting government spending.

    Obama in his State of the Union introduced dozens of new government programs. Doesn't sound like a man that is serious about reduced government spending.

    The president's last two budgets submitted to Congress has failed to gather a single vote. Not one vote. Does that say anything about a man that has any degree of knowledge and competence regarding budgets? Does that represent a man that you can compromise with?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 5:31 p.m.

    Fortunately, unyielding democrats are also doing what voters want, as opposed to simply being obstinate. They're moving us forward, trying to set us up with a proper health care system, and not simply falling back on the tired idea that government is the enemy.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 5:20 p.m.

    curbee By empty suit are you referring to Clint Eastwood and his bizzare whatever it was at the RNC. I love it how Republicans love to evoke Reagan, a President who embraced compromise, granted amnesty, raised taxes, and ran up budget deficits. The problem the Republicans have is many consider them the anti-Obama party instead of the party of conservatism. This coming from a life long Republican who is leaning more and more independent. It is time for Congressman Chafetz to listen to all of his constituents, not just those on the far right.

  • Ltrain St. George, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    The party in power is always going to be "more favorable" to compromise. They will usually get more of what they want because they have more control. This lame article is written by a liberal hack, from the left wing AP. I have not seen one area that Dcrats are willing to compromise. Not one! Government is usually not the solution to our problems. More often than not they are the cause. Look at the history of the world. Individuals create the solutions, so I'm happy with gridlock so the amount of damage is limited.

  • curbee North Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 15, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    there was no gerrymandering for pete's sake! conspiracy theories abound! and for those of you who wonder why obama won by 53%, its because 53% of the people didn't listen to the truth--they only heard pretty words administered by an empty suit.

  • curbee North Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 15, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    the republicans are the only thing standing between a complete downfall of this society and obama being installed as dictator. everyone should be grateful and support or admit your wrong when the dust settles and you are under bondage.

  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 4:31 p.m.


    The only reason the Republicans control the House of Representatives is that the wave election of 2010 gave Republicans control in many of the state legislatures, and they used it to gerrymander the districts so that they are nearly guaranteed to retain control. In the 2012 election, there were about 1.4% more votes for Democratic congressmen than Republicans, so one would expect a nearly equally divided House, but with the Democrats in control. Because of the gerrymandering, however, the House is controlled by Republicans.

    The House of Representatives, as presently constituted, is NOT representative of the will of the people.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    Keep up the good work Rep Chaffetz. The Presidents Socialist/Communist policies need to be stopped. No Compromise. I wish it was Senator Chaffetz but I can wait another 6 years.

  • DaveRL OGDEN, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    What seems to escape Rep Chaffetz and his gang of obstructionist is the GOP lost the last two Presidential elections. That means the majority of the country is not buying what they are peddling. Destroying the country to make a point is just wrong.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Feb. 15, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    Imagine you are on a city council and a newly elected mayor, taking advantage of his power, succeeds in changing a zoning ordinance in order to put a shopping mall in a quiet subdivision. When you and other councilmen voice legitimate concerns, the mayor ignores and belittles you and uses bullying tactics to push through the zoning change. Construction on the mall starts. Then the mayor says that there are budget problems some of which are associated with modernizing the roads near the new mall and he says “We need to all work together now and cooperate and raise taxes for the good of the city.” From your past experience with this ruthless and deceptive man, are you going to cooperate with him?

    After the way Obama treated the Republicans in shoving through Obamacare, is there any reason at all that they should cooperate with such a ruthless and unprincipled man? We all witnessed that fiasco. Obamacare was passed without one Republican vote. After the way he mistreated the Republicans in the house and senate, why should they cooperate with him?

  • onceuponatime Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 4:13 p.m.

    Why is it that the media always points out that Conservatives don't want to compromise when liberals do the same thing? You never hear the media mention the word extreme when referring to the left, but they always use that term when they talk about conservatives as if conservatives have only existed since 2009. The media has become so full of hate. They call conservatives the same thing they call Al Quaeda, extremists. And lets not forget Moderates are the ones who elected Obama. He didn't win because there are so many liberals that they out number the right. The moderates voted for the most liberal President in history. Maybe the so called moderates aren't really the moderates they believe themselves to be. No real moderate would ever call one side extreme and not the other. If you are really seeing the right as extreme and not the left then you are not a moderate.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 4:02 p.m.

    Chaffetz getting his feedback in Heber City?
    That bastion of intellect, reason, diversity & acceptance?

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 3:58 p.m.

    I love Jason Chaffetz! All you naysayers should go and listen to him speak. He knows his facts and figures. He represents Utah very well an a conservative voice. I agree with Bryan. Thanks for your comments!

    Hold the line, Jason. Keep working hard. You represent us well.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 15, 2013 3:56 p.m.

    Some of you have very short memories.

    You scream about spending. And so do the leaders of the GOP.

    However, they are hypocrites.

    Just a few short years ago they voted to enact the largest entitlement program in 30+ years, Medicare Part D.

    And it got a yes vote from Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Canter and even Paul Ryan.

    The GOP leaders are anything but fiscal conservatives.

    (sidenote from my previous post

    Thanks Star bright. I should have added the Death Panel claim to my list)

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Feb. 15, 2013 3:46 p.m.

    A poll (Dec. 2012) by Pew Research Center finds that President Obama and congressional Democrats lead their Republican counterparts by a wide margin in job approval ratings, and are seen by a majority of respondents as more willing to work on a compromise for a budget agreement than GOP leaders.

    when comparing the two parties on willingness to embrace bipartisanship, 53% said Democrats were "more willing to work with leaders from the other party," whereas Republicans got nearly half that number, 27%.

    Pew compared job ratings between Pres. Obama and House Speaker Boehner. Whereas the president received favorable marks of 55%, the GOP's chief negotiator for the budget talks had the approval of 28% of Americans. Congressional Republican leaders' job performances were reviewed favorable by a quarter of Americans, while Democratic leaders saw positive ratings of 40%.

    Jason, you're doing a good job of leading your party down the drain (unfortunately taking the country with you).

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 3:39 p.m.

    1conservative says - "The more the nation gets to see Obama's failed policies and the billions he spends "practicing" with the nations taxes, the less likely ANY democrats will be elected in the 2014 elections."

    Congress sets tax rates, not the President. If the President is getting his way on tax experiments, then Jason Chaffetz is ineffective.

    "Obama has run out of the extra taxes he coaxed from the "millionaires", now he'll be coming after all the rest of us."
    The tax rates that affected millionairs haven't even gone into effect yet.

  • Eliot Santaquin, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 3:04 p.m.

    Sorry to rain on your parade Tolstoy but in the U.S. House of Representatives the Republican Party is the majority party. Furthermore, the majority of state governors and legislatures are controlled by Republicans. The only thing Republicans don't control is the White House and the U.S. Senate. So perhaps it is equally absurd that the Republicans should bow to the complete rigidity of Obama and the democrats.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    your right in that the minority party has a role to play the problem is the opposition party at this point has taken up a position of complete unwillingness to compromise which is driven by their GOP base.From the article " a pew poll from last month found that 36 percent of GOP voters would look favorably on a politician who compromises, compared with 59 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of independent voters." the facts are the gOp is the minority party and it is absurd to think that Obama and Democrats should bow to their complete rigidity.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    A Gallup poll conducted last year found that 40% of Americans consider themselves conservative, 35% consider themselves independent, and 21% consider themselves liberal. The survey leaves some questions:

    If truly 40% consider themselves conservative, did Obama win the election by winning the independents?

    Is it realistic, with 40% of Americans considering themselves to be conservative, for GOP congressmen to feel obligated to represent so many Americans in Congress by denying Obama his very liberal agenda?

    Or, should GOP congressmen simply bow to Obama and liberals and give them whatever they want, even though 40% of Americans identify themselves as conservative?

    I find it difficult to believe that the minority party has no role to play in politics. Our system of government, of checks and balances, has been set up to represent the people and distribute power so that one group cannot run roughshod over others, including the minority. It seems that Obama and liberals can cast a vision for what they want (State of the Union) but when it comes down to actually passing laws they will have to engage Republicans and work together to compromise and do the peoples work.

  • Bryan Syracuse, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    This isn't about compromise. This is about total control. Obama wants to socialize this country. Obama wants to provide amnesty (and citizenship!) to millions of illegal aliens. Obama wants to control guns and remove our right to own the weapons we choose to own. Obama wants to send this nation to fiscal catastrophe by spending us to oblivion. These are issues I with which I would never compromise. I expect my elected representatives to not compromise either.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 1:19 p.m.

    The more the nation gets to see Obama's failed policies and the billions he spends "practicing" with the nations taxes, the less likely ANY democrats will be elected in the 2014 elections. Senatorial seats that democrats hold will likely be replaced with Republicans.

    Obama has run out of the extra taxes he coaxed from the "millionaires", now he'll be coming after all the rest of us.

    Many thanks to Congressman Chaffetz for at least slowing down the rate of Obama's spending splurges.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 12:50 p.m.

    So what this article calls out is that America deserves the goverment it has. It's unlikely the GOP will win the presidency in 2016 as well, so we should expect this divided goverment to continue which means more deficits and little movement on the social issues of the day. That old saying of "divided we fall" is being played out for all of us to see.

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    Thank you to our representatives and Senators for protecting the rights and the power of the people of the State of Utah.

  • Fenwaybob West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 12:26 p.m.

    Hold your ground and values. Vote against everything J-Man. I'm nearing retirement and need to build up my 401K. Sold 30% of my equities when the Dow hit the 14,000 high. Need you to continue your game plan so the market goes down and I can reinvest low.
    I'm not sure if your my Congress person now, as your affiliation keeps moving the boundaries. Since you and your are your party are so much into "Winning", please win one for me. Thank you in advance for your assitance in this matter.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 12:24 p.m.

    Wish I was paid $175,000.00 a year to do nothing except interviews, and campaigning. Oh yeah, complaining that democrats won't do what he says.

    I wish Jason sat down near me at a diner, so I could ask what he has done for America?
    It wouldn't take long for his answer.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 12:23 p.m.

    "(BO's) ideology is what it is and he can stick to it," Peterson said. "We do the same and we get demonized."

    Thank's what now, for proving her correct.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    he is a void no ideas just say no. it does not work. both groups need to do the thing they dont want to. all taxes need to be raised and cuts need to be made. but not just benifits for people the military is being forced to increase tanks and other weapons they dont want.
    to talk about pork. some of these are made in places repulicans are in like ohio. obama won ohio because they got more auto jobs. real jobs not just weapons making. work for the people party guys not corporations. we should out law the party system it divides us.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 12:04 p.m.


    Proceed representative.

    Your uncompromising policies are working.

    Your base is shrinking

    2008, 2012, 2016 and counting.