This one was easy to predict. Republicans have been calling for cuts to
entitlement spending for years, but now that President Obama has proposed some,
Would someone please explain why Utah replaced this Senator with Senator Lee?
"In theory, he's responsible on (fill in the blank) but unable to act
because of Republican intransigence."Thank you Senator Bennett
for simply stating the climate on Capitol Hill for the past 4+ years. Your
simple sentence could be used to describe a long list of issues that went
without resolve because of "Republican intransigence."
From the article:". . . a more nuanced reaction could have set
the stage for a positive shift in momentum on an issue of great import. An
opportunity missed."Today, we don't want nuance Senator.
We want firebrands and pitchforks. Pyrrhic victories over progress through
compromise.I miss the old days . . .
I can't imagine why the republicans didn't jump up and cheer when
Obama proposed a budget with no cuts in spending, and when he has publicly
butchered every offer they have given him.
FDR Fan, Sure, I'd be glad to explain that right-thinking
Americans believe in a citizen-government as intended by the Founding Fathers,
rather than career politicians who enjoy royal treatment for life and an
attitude of serving by "divine right." There should be term limits and
every office-holder should live on the same standard and observe all the laws
the people are subject to. There are other smart people out there who should
offer their time to public service and then return home to their real careers.
Senator Lee is doing a good job representing Utah's majority views.
In view of the fact that Congress simply has dispensed with the budget process
for several years, suggests than any budget proposal should be hailed as a good
starting point. Unfortunately, the GOP seems incapable of anything resembling a
"nuanced reaction" preferring to substitute the "its my way or the
highway" reaction. Its time to get to work folks.
the Republicans are invested in the gold standard
I understand Senator Bennett's point of view. It is valid and in some ways
very wise. Unfortunately it is precisely why I decided I didn't want him
representing me. Senator Bennett and his partner in crime Senator Hatch are
both experts (two of the best) at playing political games. This article shows
that. I like Senator Lee because he is more straight forward. He tells you his
principles and he goes with them. Maybe you wish we had someone back in
Washington that was a little better at the game. That's fair enough they
could play the other political game playing politicians and maybe make some
progress towards your particular political biases. The problem I see with that
is that they don't just play the game with the other politicians. They
play it with you the citizens too.
Obama's budget, over six weeks late btw, is just the same as other democrat
budgets. It calls for no actual cuts, and increases in spending. The
"cuts" that is asks for are conditional on the repeal of the sequester
cuts--actual cuts in the growth of new spending. Why would republicans give up
the minimal cuts for even less?
@FDRfan Sugar City, ID:"Would someone please explain why Utah replaced
this Senator with Senator Lee?"It's called replacing a
politician with a statesman.How's good ole Sugar City these
The GOP missed an opportunity? Wow, there's an understatement.
Couldn't even elect a worthy representative from their party or pass a
rational platform to challenge the most vulenrable sitting Preseident of our
time. The GOP has become the Green Party for the right wing fanatics of our
Sorry, but Senator Lee represents only himself and his political ambitions.
He's not representative of the majority of Utah. Had he been running in the
most recent election, where turnout in the caucuses was high and therefore not
hijacked by conservative ideologues and more representative of the state as a
whole, he would not be a senator today.I agree with Senator Lee on
most issues, but I find him to be arrogant and out to help himself and no one
Reasonable opinions, Senator Bennett. Except, one thing. In order to have an
honest and open conversation about this issue, let's lose the
"entitlement" label for Social Security. Since when is a program that is
funded entirely by employee contributions an entitlement? Except that in the
sense that this is something I have paid into my entire working life, you darn
right that I am entitled to the full benefits. But calling SS an entitlement
plays into the GOP's false assertions that all Government programs are
simply welfare freebies that only increases the dependence by lazy Americans and
bloats the federal deficit. You're an experienced and well reasoned
politician. Please use those attributes for constructive dialogue in lieu of
fodder for the feeding frenzy.
I think you are right on! However, it would be hard to say it in Washington
with our political climate.
FDR asked why Utah replaced Bennett with Lee? Simple. Bennett jumped into bed
with SUWA and pulled the covers up. Progressives and rinos in SL may sing
Bennett's praises, but rural Utah will never forget. Utah is incredibly
blessed to have Sen. Mike Lee representing us. He cares about people and
Constitutional liberty not backroom deals.