Published: Monday, Oct. 7 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Nice to see there's at least one sane Republican left.
It's that kind of level-headed thinking that got him booted from the
After the ACA Government shutdown extortion hostage back-lash fiasco, So
that Republicans can have a ghost of a chance winning ANYTHING this next
Okay Robert Bennett , if we accept your theory wholly then only one question
remains, how the heck did we get here?You served in the senate for a long
time and did nothing to stop this mess.Next time answer this
question, how do we solve this mess? We cannot keep spending more than we take
in, so what goes away?
"We cannot keep spending more than we take in, so what goes away?"Sorry high school fan, but your one sided perspective - what goes away -
is not the only answer. Certainly the government needs to spend only that which
needs to be spent. We need to stop pork barrel spending that is perpetuated by
both siders of the aisle. Legislation should always be "clean" without
attached amendments that fund somebody's pet project in their district or
state. But cutting government spending is not the only way. Near
the end of the Clinton Administration, when the country actually had surplus
budgets primarily because of the robust economy, the CBO estimated that at the
current rate we would have eliminated our total national debt - at that time
about $5.0T. Yes, the economy sunk into a recession immediately
afterward putting that goal in jeopardy, but the biggest change was the enormous
tax cuts implemented by the incoming Bush Administration. President Bush
famously said we should be able to keep "our money". He failed to
mention that it was "our debt" that needed to be paid. Return the tax
rates to what they were in the prosperous Clinton years to start.
Anyone with a brain knows there will come a time when we can't live in red
ink. Someday we will have to cut spending and live within our means. Interest on
our national debt alone will eventually destroy our economy. Obama said he will
not negotiate and wants an open check book, no spending limits and unlimited
credit with no spending restrictions. That is economic suicide!
Oops. I meant to say, "..the CBO estimated that at the current rate we
would have eliminated our total national debt - at that time about $5.0T - in
about 10 years. That was 14 years ago.
Seems that a dose of reality makes many uncomfortable but they contuinue to look
to the government to change things.The government has been in the
drivers seat the entire time the country has been headed downhill financially.
It is too difficult for government members to say no to the money that flows to
them as a result of their office. A good example would be the 9 +
million dollars that came to Senator Hatch from health insurance companies who
hopes he will continue to support the high cost of health care in this
country.It does not matter the party that is elected as each have
proven incapable of turning off ongoing cash flow out of the federal
government.However when $.41 of every tax dollar goes to feed the
military that has to be one of the things to look at when you talk cost
reductions. American Medical Association says that 50% of their funding is
wasted yet we keep funding them. There are options to cut spending but those
elected do not want to cut spending. We also need to increase revenues.Looking to government to do either is absurd... no matter the party
I watched Jack Lew on three different programs, and heard his "creative
accounting", ummm no "cooking the books", no that isn't
right...oh yeah, "extraordinary measures" comment. But, my
questions go to Bob Bennet. You were in office for a long time. Why is it we
always need to do this? Why do we get empty promises from you and the other old
politicians about controlling the spending? Why is it always, from you old
politicians, "we need to raise now, and talk later"? Maybe there are
enough of us out here that are finally tired of your old politician excuses.
Maybe there are enough of us that are finally tired of the exemptions and
special rules you make for yourselves, while leaving us serfs to deal with your
laws (that you can't even take time to read, let alone understand, before
Every single bill presented to the treasury represents funds that were legally
and lawfully appropriated by congress. Failure to pay any of these bills
therefore constitutes a default. Due to this, many legal experts believe that
Treasury lacks any legal authority to pick and choose which bills to pay.Here's something else I would like my conservative friends to
consider: Let's say the debt limit is breached and the Treasury Dept. does
prioritize payments. Treasury is an executive branch agency, which means that
you giving President Obama the authority to decide who to pay and who to stiff.
Is that your end goal?
Please. Let's negotiate everything - taxes, spending, the works.AFTER we raise the debt ceiling.Should we fail to do so we risk
losing not just our credit rating but out status as the world's reserve
currency. Then watch what happens to interest rates (for the rest of your
Roland. I fear you missed the point. Obama says he will NOT negotiate and wants
unlimited spending, unlimited credit. It is necessary to balance our income with
our spending but Obama isn't willing to even talk about that. Its
Obama's economic malfeasance that we are trying to overcome. By the way
don't you think its the American tax payers and our grandchildren who are
being stiffed? I am proud of the GOP for standing up for economic sanity because
Obama and the Democrats are not.
You know, I'm not a Republican anymore, and I probably never will be again.
Can't see any end to the insanity, frankly. But I find myself agreeing more
and more with Bob Bennett. Why did we ever boot him out of office? Oh, yeah, I
remember. It was so we could send that Mike Lee dude to Washington and bring
constitutional government to the brink of extinction. That's why we did it.
Seems like such a wise choice.Bob, have you ever considered starting
a moderate party? I think it would win every election, except for a few of those
House seats from crazy conservative gerrymandered districts. But this seems to
be the only way we might ever see sanity in Washington again. I think you and a
few of your old buddies from both sides of the aisle ought to give it a try. Jon
Huntsman is already with you.
@Mountainman. Roland is right. Congress passed these money bills already and the
president signed them. It is extortion to pass a money bill and then say we are
not going to fund the bill unless you give us what we want.
Why isn't it considered? For the very same reason that vast numbers of
citizens, including members of the House and Senate, haven't considered the
importance of fiscal responsibility for 50 years? It's call insanity and it
originates in citizens and then converges with cowardly congressmen from both
parties who point the finger at the other party! This is Obama's lack of
leadership and the selfishness of Congress, plain and simple. Don't even
try to tell me that our President hasn't put his blueprint on all of this
irresponsibility. He relishes it and so do most of our representatives from
congress, both Democrat and Republican! The most deluded of all are those here
that belong to either party and continue to shout the predictable
line--'it's the other guys fault'. A criminal class if there
ever was one.
We need more senators like Bob Bennet - a very prudent and capbale man. Senator
Bennett, please run for office again against Mike Lee!. Senator Lee evidently
does not have the best interests of the American people in mind unfortunately.
Senator Lee seems to represent only the extremist minority of the Republican
party. Utah can do much, much better.
"The sky is falling; the sky is falling." If we don't increase the
federal debt limit, the sky will fall on us! So says former Senator Bennett.
He and Uncle Orin used to pretend their support of a Balanced Budget amendment,
which has long been a plank in the Republican Party Platform. Now, however,
they are exposed as the big government proponents they really are.I
say take the bitter pill, bite the bullet, return to sanity even if it requires
sacrifice. Kill the giant dragon that eats the hopes and prospects of our
I should be allowed to go the bank and make them raise my credit limit rather
than pay the debts I have. Thats real smart.
For some people this article is a sign to them why Bob Bennett should still be a
senator. To others, it's a sign it's good he is gone.Raising the debt ceiling without drastic cuts, is ignoring the problem. Bob
Bennett did nothing to prevent us from getting here. Why should we take his
word he could get us out?
Anti Bush-Obama - I think you've misinterpreted the situation. It is not,
as you suggest, a case of going to the bank to "raise my credit limit rather
than pay the debts I have." It is, in fact, going to the bank to raise my
credit limit so I can pay the debts I have, the ones I've already committed
to paying. It's a simple concept made difficult by people who have an
agenda and see no other way to have their voice heard because that can't
win in the arena designed by the Constitution..
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