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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I'm leaning toward "Fool's Errand."

American Fork, UT

Fools errand. We ended up where we started, via a totally unnecessary, painful and circuitous route. We'd have been further ahead if these guys just sat in a corner and held their breath.

Murray, UT

HEROIC STAND! For sure!!!

All those against them, in both parties, have promoted continued un-American and irresponsible spending which will bankrupt the country. Sure we have the gimmie programs now, but when we are so insolvent we can't borrow a nickel, there won't be any help for the poor, the old who have paid SS all their lives, and the ill. The government won't have money to help, and the private sector won't either. The government will have squandered it all.

St. George, UT

Republicans grandstanding against other Republicans in order to try to undo a three-year-old-law that was originally crafted by... Republicans.

I have to admit, this has been kind of entertaining. Would have been more entertaining if it hadn't brought the global economy to the brink of collapse.

Bored to the point of THIS!
Ogden, UT

Fools error...not errand!

Hayden, ID

Trying to save American taxpayers from trillions of more debt and an out of control government healthcare train wreck is only a fool's errand in a fool's mind.

Church member
North Salt Lake, UT

Definitely a fool's errand.

I often wonder what we could accomplish as a country if the GOP would get out of the way.

Sugar City, ID

Mike Lee is a disaster waiting to happen; a political house of cards that is getting blown over. His credibility is shot. Oh, how I wish Bob Bennett was still Utah's senator.

Brad Peterson
South Ogden, UT

My wife sure isn't happy. She had planned a national parks and monuments tour with our kids starting on October 1st. Booked hotels, rented a vehicle, scheduled time off from her work. Then comes along Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and other Tea Party Republicans who decided to escalate partisanship to a new level by insisting not to fund laws they don't like. Terrible precedent. It affected far too many things, including the big family vacation.

Even though I'm a lifelong Republican, I will do everything I can in 2014 to ensure Mike Lee isn't elected again. He's a stubborn, partisan, ideological person who forgot this nation is filled with people who have more than one viewpoint.

Centerfield Sanpete, UT

I think it proved both of them are fools!

Farmington, UT

Harry blinked first. They accepted a bill with conditions. The liberal media will make the Republicans look like there were foolish when it was the "no negotiation" Democrats that caved in for something they said they would not accept.

SCORE: Repub's 1 - Dem's 0.

Unfortunately the game has been delayed for another 3 months. Sound familiar when viewed in light of the previous financial crisis?

If Obamacare is so great why didn't they implement it a few states at the time so it would work for people to sign up? Not too smart, current administration!!


more like a tool's errand...

podunk utah

complete clown show, thanks for the excellent adventures of Ted and Mike...

my pet hamster is smarter than these two combined

Lafayette, IN

Yes, the ship's crew steering the Titanic have won the right to order "Steady on the Helm!". But the iceberg (national debt plus new Obamacare debt) is still straight ahead. And the money we will be diverting towards health care will not be spent on iPhones or cars or groceries or ...

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

How much money was wasted by shutting the government down? How many man-hours were spent sending out furlough letters? How much money is going to be spent to pay employees who were not allowed to be productive?

Personnel costs are actual money, and two weeks of wasted money just occurred. Money that was taken away from performing assigned duties.

What a great way to spend money.

If you call that a heroic stand and fiscally conservative, please enlighten me as to why.

Mark from Montana
Aurora, CO

There was nothing heroic about it. Not only was it a fool's errand, but they cost tax payers a great deal of money, damaged their own party and did nothing but gain name recognition for themselves. They are both self-serving people and I, for one, will not vote for Mike Lee. I will vote for any candidate running against him in a primary, no pulse is needed, or in the general election.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Fools. Absolutely, no doubt about it.

Bob K
porland, OR

Would that it were simply a fool's errand
--- the rich interests that back these third rate politicians keep trying to discredit this President and and the overall US Government, in order to be able to elect more of their lackeys next time.
Farmington, UT

"If Obamacare is so great why didn't they implement it a few states at the time so it would work for people to sign up? Not too smart, current administration!!"

Oh, please! -- A Federal Law should be implemented in some States only? Which ones? Would people in State A buy from insurers in State B to get around it?
I am wondering if Sen. Lee wrote this himself/

Salem, UT

This questions is easily answered- which news source do you follow- answer that and I will answer the question for you

Cedar Hills, UT

In the movie Mr Smith Goes To Washington was it a "fools errand or historic stand" for Jimmy Stewart to stand and filibuster for 24 hours. Most in the movie said he was a young and foolish man but at the end of the day his stand meant something. He stood for something in spite of what all the Washington press and cronies and other congressmen said. They hated him for what he did. Wow - the comparison with what Cruz did is worth noting. Ted Cruz is a smart former Texas Attorney General. He knew the votes weren't there to defund Obamacare but he also knew someone needed to push back against Barack and Harry to bring to light this hideous health care bill and how it would be a disaster for the country. Well everyone snarked at Ted but guess what---the roll out of Obamacare was exactly as Ted Cruz predicted it would be and since its roll out the nation is screaming with pain over this bill. Yes the freeloaders get their ration of free healhcare along with their other free stuff but the working tax paying man is getting hosed...as Ted predicted.

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