I find it difficult to understand why former Senator Bennett and other
"somewhat conservative" Republicans who have full access to Deseret News
editorial page for stating their anti-party positions, continue to outright bash
Mike Lee for his stance on stopping Obamacare with his political strategy on the
budget.Mike Lee should not be apologetic for his political stance.
When I studied Political Science at the University of Utah, one of my professors
stated that a representative elected by the people to represent them in
Congress, would either 1) let them know what his/her political positions are and
indicate that is how he/she will vote, or 2) let the people know immediately
that he will follow the majority of his constituents political deference on any
issue for vote before him/her. That way, people will not be disappointed. Mike Lee was backed by the Tea Party philosophy of government and stated
his positions on how he would vote. The people of Utah felt that Senator
Bennett did not do that, in spite of his majority constituency's desire on
the so-called stimulus package. He lost. Lee won. Until Senator Lee
runs for office again, he is our Senator.
Here is an approach that hasn't been tried in a while. How about congress
makes creating and passing a budget its primary focus, rather than waiting until
the last minute? If they spent more of their time trying to balance the budget
first, then working on other things once they had a budget in hand.It has been 5 years since congress last passed a budget. How many more years
do we have to wait until they figure out you can't just live paycheck to
paychek and borrowing money from everybody?
Since our Govt. cannot handle money, it will soon be China or Russia that will
put the brakes on our economy by refusing to accept the dollar. Once the dollar
loses world reserve currency status and the petro-dollar link is removed, it
ain't gonna be pretty.This CR w/o limits is the equivalent of
an EBT card without limits and we all saw how that worked out in the La.
Walmarts. The debt is $17 trillion now. I would not be surprised to see a
couple more trillion added by Feb. when the issue is taken up again.
To one vote: by reasonable people you mean??? Certainly not this President (and
I use that term loosely) or Herry Reid. Reasonable people actually compromise,
not say "if you are not going to give me everything I want, I will take my
national monuments and go home".
What really upset the Democrats is that ANYONE should presume to question their
borrowing and spending party. That's all their anti-GOP, TEA Party rant
amounts to! How dare you demand fiscal accountability from us!
bandersen: "I pity da fools."
The tea party has had their last tantrum, reasonable people will not stand for
The federal government should adopt a policy that is in force in some of the
states: If a budget is not adopted, expenditures will automatically remain
authorized at the same rates as previously, until a revised budget is actually
adopted. This would prevent all threats of government shutdown, and would
require that any changes actually be approved by the representatives in
There is an old adage that concludes "it is better to seek forgiveness than
permission".The primary reason most advocates, including the
POTUS, give for raising the debt ceiling is that they have already obligated
money above the ceiling and thus we must allow payment for it.In
government procurement, anyone who commits to payment for goods or services
without authorization has committed a felony called a ratification they can be
held personally liable for, spend time in jail for, or can be immediately
discharged from employment.As long as we permit obligating the
government to pay for goods or services above the ceiling, there is no ceiling
of any worth. Obama said it is fiscally irresponsible to raise the ceiling.Let's raise the ceiling once high enough to cover our existing
obligations plus a little. Then make it a felony for congress to commit a
ratification above that level of authorization and remove them from office if
they do.Secondly, eliminate the existence of the continuing
resolution. All they do is continue to spend under a CR without having to
account for it. Force a real budget that is required to be in the black!
If anyone actually thinks the Democrats or Republicans speaking are doing
anything but posturing, rather than solving any problems, you are delusional,
naive, and unworthy of conversing with anyone but a post. Sorry, Deseret News,I
have to be honest. If any take offense, I pity you also.
The idea of no shutdown at the end of the current CR is the wrong comment to be
making publicly. That could give the republicans that they have Obama and the
democrats over a barrel and give them the idea that they can get more the next
time. Obama and Reid should hold very fast and demand that they get what they
know is needed to get this nation moving again. If that requires a very large
tax increase on the wealthy so be it. A shutdown just before the elections
and those who would be losing benefits would be very upset and be more than
willing to vote the terrorist out of office. Obama had a very effective
organization which he used to destroy his republican opponent. This organization
should be fully funded and turned loose on any and all conservatives
(republican, democrat or tea party) to destroy then for the 2014 election. Those
who are elected to replace them would be more likely to support Obama's